St John's College, Cambridge

St John's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge founded by the Tudor matriarch Lady Margaret Beaufort. In constitutional terms, the college is a charitable corporation established by a charter dated 9 April 1511. The full, formal name of the college is the College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge.[3] The aims of the college, as specified by its statutes, are the promotion of education, religion, learning and research.[4] It is one of the larger Oxbridge colleges in terms of student numbers. For 2022, St John's was ranked 6th of 29 colleges in the Tompkins Table (the annual league table of Cambridge colleges) with over 35 per cent of its students earning first-class honours. It is the second wealthiest college in Oxford and Cambridge, after neighbouring Trinity, at Cambridge.[5]

St John's College
University of Cambridge
View over the rear buildings from the Backs
Arms of St John's College, being the arms of the foundress Lady Margaret Beaufort
Arms: Royal arms of England a bordure componée azure and argent
Scarf colours: navy, with two equally-spaced narrow stripes of Cambridge blue edged with red
LocationSt John's Street (map)
Full nameThe College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge
MottoSouvent me Souvient (Old French; motto of the foundress Lady Margaret Beaufort)
Motto in EnglishI often remember
FounderLady Margaret Beaufort
Established1511; 512 years ago (1511)
Named afterThe Hospital of St John the Evangelist
Sister colleges
MasterHeather Hancock, from October 2020
Undergraduates658 (2019–20)
Postgraduates319 (2019–20)
Endowment£619.6m (2019)[2]
St John's College, Cambridge is located in Central Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
Location in Central Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge is located in Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
Location in Cambridge

College alumni include the winners of twelve Nobel Prizes, seven prime ministers and twelve archbishops of various countries, at least two princes and three saints.[6][7] The Romantic poet William Wordsworth studied at St John's, as did William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson, two abolitionists who led the movement that brought slavery to an end in the British Empire. Prince William was affiliated with the college while undertaking a university-run course in estate management in 2014.[8]

St John's is well known for its choir, its members' success in a variety of inter-collegiate sporting competitions and its annual May Ball. The Cambridge Apostles and the Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club were founded by members of the college. The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race tradition began with a St John's student and the college boat club, Lady Margaret Boat Club, is the oldest in the university. In 2011, the college celebrated its quincentenary, an event marked by a visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[9]

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