University of Oxford New College

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University of Oxford New College

University of Oxford New College

New College is one of Oxford’s oldest and best-known Colleges. Situated in the heart of the city, our main site is one of the most beautiful in Oxford, boasting the earliest planned College quadrangle and spectacular gardens set against the medieval city wall. While learning and scholarship are our primary focus, the College also has an exceptionally rich sporting, cultural and musical life. New College Choir has an international reputation, its output numbering over one hundred CDs, regular broadcasts and several Proms appearances. Founded by William of Wykeham in 1379 for the education of priests, the College has grown to become one of Oxford’s largest, admitting undergraduate and graduate students for nearly all the subjects on offer in the University. We have a record of consistently strong academic performance, and welcome applications from students of high academic potential, whatever their background.

Location and Buildings

The College occupies a very attractive site near the centre of Oxford. The front quadrangle, dining hall, chapel and cloisters were built within a few years of the College’s foundation in 1379; this was the first time that an entire scheme had been built in this way, and it formed a model for later colleges.

Over the centuries, some reconstruction and much new building has taken place. In the 19th century, there was a great expansion of rooms for undergraduate students, and in the 1960s a new building for graduate students was added to the main site.

More recently, the original Morris Garages, which are within the College’s perimeter, have been converted to provide attractive undergraduate accommodation. In 1995, a new residential building for graduates was opened on the Sports Ground site, five minutes walk from the main College.

New College is registered with the Charity Commissioners No. 1142701
New College Oxford® is a registered trade mark – No. 2588652