Read more about the way Pembroke's quietly beautiful city-centre site has evolved over seven centuries.
Pembroke College, founded in 1347 by Marie de St Pol, Countess of Pembroke, is proud of its traditions. The third oldest of the Cambridge colleges, it was the first to have its own Chapel, and in the stained glass windows there and in our recently renovated Library is evidence of the way we make light of that history. Located in the heart of the University city, Pembroke presents a tranquil environment with varied architectural styles framing beautiful gardens and open courts.
Openness characterises Pembroke today. The College is an intimate yet diverse community, committed to welcoming students of exceptional talent regardless of their social, cultural or educational background, and giving them the benefit of contact with a large and distinguished Fellowship. Pembroke thrives on conversations, between generations and disciplines – between undergraduates, graduates and senior Members, between current students and our alumni, and between the academy and the wider world. We pride ourselves on our strong tutorial system, offering support in whatever way we can – academic, practical and financial – to our students as they pursue their chosen academic path and develop their intellectual potential to the full. But it is not all about work at Pembroke, and students enjoy extracurricular pursuits such as music, drama and sport as well as actively engaging in outreach and charity work. We regard a university education not just as an investment in one’s own future but as a means of enriching the world. Even at a time of rising costs, studying at Cambridge, and at Pembroke in particular, really is a bargain.
This website aims to provide information, news and resources for current and former members of the College, and potential applicants to study at Cambridge as well as for companies interested in working with the University, and for the public at large keen to glean more information about Pembroke. We hope it provides an insight into the rich and exciting life of the College, acting as a contact point for anyone interested in the many aspects of the College’s history and activities.
Since 2006 Pembroke College has supported a series of recitals given by performers of the highest calibre including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman ....
The present library was designed by the architect Alfred Waterhouse in the 1870s and was extended in 2001 by Tristan Rees-Roberts.
Pembroke was the first of the Cambridge Colleges to have its own chapel. The present chapel, built in 1665, was Christopher Wren's first commission.