The University of Cambridge (abbreviated as Cantab in post-nominal letters, sometimes referred to as Cambridge University) is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university. It grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk. The two ancient universities share many common features and are often jointly referred to as “Oxbridge”. Cambridge is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential and prestigious universities.
Cambridge is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best universities. The university has educated many notable alumni, including eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors, and foreign Heads of State. Ninety-two Nobel laureates, two Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and ten Fields medallists have been affiliated with Cambridge as students, faculty, staff or alumni.