Selwyn College, Cambridge

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Selwyn College

Coordinates: 52°12′03″N 0°06′20″E / 52.20083°N 0.10556°E / 52.20083; 0.10556 Selwyn College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England, United Kingdom.

The college was founded by the Selwyn Memorial Committee in memory of the Rt Reverend George Augustus Selwyn (1809–1878), who was an undergraduate and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and rowed on the Cambridge crew in the first Varsity Boat Race in 1829, and went on to become the first Bishop of New Zealand (1841–1868), and subsequently the Bishop of Lichfield (1868–1878).

Selwyn is less wealthy than some other traditional Cambridge colleges. In 2006 it had an estimated financial endowment of £22 million, and in 2004 fixed assets were worth £70 million. The college was ranked 16th out of 30 in an assessment of college wealth[1] conducted by Varsity in November 2006.

Selwyn has, in recent times, excelled academically. In 2008, Selwyn was ranked first out of the 29 colleges which admit undergraduate students on the Tompkins Table[2] (3rd in 2009, 4th in 2007, 6th in 2010, 7th in 2006).



Following the death of George Augustus Selwyn, who had played an important role in the establishment of New Zealand as its first Bishop, a committee proposed that a new Cambridge college should be established as a memorial to his legacy. The college's first Master was elected on 10 March 1879, and building of Old Court, as it is now known, began in 1880. A Charter of Incorporation was granted by Queen Victoria on 13 September 1882, and the college opened for Michaelmas Term in October 1882. Selwyn's first undergraduates, numbering 28, joined the original Master and twelve other Fellows at the then "public hostel" of the university in 1882. It became an Approved Foundation of the university in 1926, and was granted full collegiate status on 14 March 1958.

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