Jesus College, Cambridge

Jesus College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. The college's full name is The College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and the glorious Virgin Saint Radegund, near Cambridge. Its common name comes from the name of its chapel, Jesus Chapel.

Jesus College
University of Cambridge
The college gatehouse, seen from the "Chimney".
Arms of Jesus College
LocationJesus Lane (map)
Coordinates52°12′33″N 00°07′24″E
Full nameThe College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and the glorious Virgin Saint Radegund, within the City and University of Cambridge[1]
AbbreviationJE[2]
MottoProsperum iter facias[3] (Latin)
Motto in English"May your journey be successful"
FounderJohn Alcock
Established1496; 525 years ago (1496)
Named afterJesus of Nazareth
Sister collegeJesus College, Oxford
MasterSonita Alleyne
Undergraduates489
Postgraduates270
Endowment£203.6m
Websitewww.jesus.cam.ac.uk
Student Unionjcsu.jesus.cam.ac.uk
MCRmcr.jesus.cam.ac.uk
Boat clubjcbc.jesus.cam.ac.uk
Map
Location in Central Cambridge
Location in Cambridge

Jesus College was established in 1496[4] on the site of the twelfth-century Benedictine nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund by John Alcock, then Bishop of Ely.[4] The cockerel is the symbol of Jesus College, after the surname of its founder.

Jesus College has assets of approximately £344m making it Cambridge's fourth-wealthiest college. The college is known for its particularly expansive grounds which include its sporting fields and for its close proximity to its boathouse.

Three members of Jesus College have received a Nobel Prize.[5] Two fellows of the college have been appointed to the International Court of Justice.[6] Notable alumni include Thomas Cranmer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Robert Malthus, Lord Reid, Lord Toulson, Sir Rupert Jackson, Sir David Hare, Sir Roger Scruton, Nick Hornby, and the members of the band Clean Bandit.

Sonita Alleyne was elected master of Jesus College in 2019 (40 years after the college began admitting women as students).[7] She is also the first black leader of an Oxbridge college.[8]