Somerville College, Oxford

Somerville College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It was founded in 1879 as Somerville Hall, one of its first two women's colleges. Among its alumnae have been Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Dorothy Hodgkin, Iris Murdoch, Vera Brittain and Dorothy L. Sayers. It began taking men in 1994.[3] Its library is one of Oxford's largest college libraries. The college's liberal tone [4] derives from its founding by social liberals, as Oxford's first non-denominational college, unlike the Anglican Lady Margaret Hall, the other women's college to open that year.[5] In 1964 it was among the first to cease locking up at night to stop students staying out late.[6][7] No gowns are worn at Formal Halls. In 2021 it was recognised as a sanctuary campus by City of Sanctuary UK.[8] It is one of three colleges to offer undergraduates on-site lodging throughout their course.[9] It stands near the Science Area, University Parks, Oxford University Press, Jericho and Green Templeton, St Anne's, Keble and St Benet's. It has about 650 students, over a third not from the UK.[10] Over half the UK admissions are from state schools – close to the university average.[11] Its total net assets in 2018 were £225 million,[2] the seventh highest of an Oxford undergraduate college. Its sister college at Cambridge is Girton, Britain's first residential college for women at degree level.

Somerville College
Somerville College Hall
Arms: Argent, three mullets in chevron reversed gules, between six crosses crosslet fitched sable.
LocationWoodstock Road, Oxford
Coordinates51.759044°N 1.262272°W / 51.759044; -1.262272
Full nameSomerville College in the University of Oxford
Latin nameCollegium de Somerville
MottoDonec rursus impleat orbem
(translated: Until it should fill the world again)
Established1879; 142 years ago (1879)
Named forMary Somerville
Previous namesSomerville Hall (1879–1894)
Sister collegeGirton College, Cambridge
PrincipalBaroness Royall of Blaisdon
Undergraduates437[1] (2020/2021)
Endowment£80.6 million (2018)[2]
Boat clubSomerville College Boat Club
Location in Oxford city centre