Pembroke

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Founded 1347 by Marie de St Pol, Countess of Pembroke. Previously named Marie Valence Hall 1347, changed name to Pembroke Hall sometime before 1856. Sister College – Queen’s College Oxford. Men and Women – Undergraduates 430 Postgraduates 250. When Pembroke was originally established, on Christmas Eve 1347, it had a preference for gifted students born in France and disapproved strongly of excessive drinking and the frequenting of disreputable houses. It was founded by Marie de St Pol, widow of Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, under license granted by Edward III. The institution was originally known as the Hall of Valence Mary, later renamed Pembroke Hall and then became Pembroke College in 1856. One of the universities top performers Today Pembroke is just as focused on high academic achievement, placing great importance on providing an environment that fosters success. Students not only enjoy intellectual challenges, but also encouraged to engage in the extra curricular activities such as music, sport and drama. The college has a consistent track record of being one of the university’s top performers. Applications are now encouraged from all quarters with an intake of 54% from state schools and a roughly even gender divide, women being first admitted in 1983. There are 250 postgraduates and 430 undergraduates. Youngest ever British prime minister, William Pitt the Younger, studied at Pembroke and resided until elected as an MP in 1780, eventually becoming PM in 1783. Pembroke Women’s College at Brown University USA was named after the Cambridge establishment. Pembroke is the third oldest in the university and one of the wealthiest, occupying a large and architecturally varied site, just a 5-minute walk from the market squar... ... middle of paper ... ...e. In the 1860’s Architect Alfred Waterhouse built a new library, a new hall, a new masters lodge and the residential block known as the Red Building in neo-Gothic. George Gilbert Scott, the younger, added the freeform neoclassical New Court in 1878 with curly Dutch gables and pediments above windows. The redbrick Tudor style Pitt building, by Trinity man and ‘consummate master of building to medieval precedent’ W.D. Caroe was finished in the early 1907. The crisp modern buildings, standing in the southeast corner inspired by Japanese simplicity and form is Foundress Court, completed in 1997 by Eric Parry. Accommodation varies according to cost and is provided for all first years on site, with subsequent years housed in offsite rooms. The college has five times as many applicants as places and offers successful students a supportive no-nonsense approach to education.

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