Trinity College

Trinity College, Cambridge

Trinity College

Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Tel: +44 1223 338400
Fax: +44 1223 338564

Dating back to the 16th Century reign of Henry VIII, Trinity College at Cambridge University founded in 1546. It combined the Michaelhouse and King’s Hall colleges, saving the king royal funds. At the time, Henry VIII was seizing church lands, and Oxford and Cambridge ran the risk of losing their college land to the king’s mandates.

Having established in old structures, Thomas Nevile built up most of the current buildings at Trinity College during his time as the college master in 1593. Nevile Court finished in his honor in the 17th Century.

Cloisters around the court shelter members of the college as they walk between the Great Hall, Wren Library, and New Court. The Wren Library contains some of Sir Isaac Newton’s original letters.

The coat of arms for Trinity College was granted in 1575. It bears the chevron, surrounded by three roses symbolizing the growth of knowledge. A the top sits a lion and two books for learning. To wear the cuff links bearing the Trinity College crest, click here.

Trinity College consistently ranks in the top ten on the Tompkins Table (a system that ranks the academic performance of each college at Cambridge). The Trinity Mathematical Society is the oldest in all the United Kingdom.

Students wishing to participate in charity have the opportunity to work with the Parish of St. George’s, Camberwell, in South London. The relationship between Trinity and Camberwell promotes education for young children in the area.

Trinity College hosts a tradition known as The Great Court Run, which has appeared in movies like “Chariots of Fire.” The run challenges students to make it around the 370-meter perimeter of the court before the clock strikes twelve. Attempts are made on the day of the Matriculation Dinner (a formal meal admitting the students) at noon.

Carrying a tradition of excellence in the math and sciences, Trinity’s distinguished alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, and Sir Francis Bacon. Bertrand Russell, a Nobel Prize winner for his literary work examining humanitarianism, also attended Trinity College.

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