In 2009, the University will be celebrating its 800th anniversary.
As one of the worldĺs leading universities, Cambridgeĺs
reputation reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, and
the outstanding work of the academic community of the University
and the Colleges.
Fitzwilliam College (usually called ĹFitzĺ) is a college of the
University of Cambridge. The college formed out of the Non-Collegiate
Students Board in 1869. This body, based at Fitzwilliam House,
opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum, took students who could not afford
to be members of a college and allowed them access to a Cambridge
education. The Non-Collegiate Students board eventually evolved to
become Fitzwilliam College in 1966. Female undergraduates were
first admitted in 1979.
Fitzwilliam College is less popular with the traditional Cambridge
elite, being a little away from the main tourist centre, and with
rather less imposing architecture. However, the college is closer to
flourishing West Cambridge where the university is concentrating
the departments on mathematics, pure sciences and technology.
The college is also well-known for its beautiful gardens, which are
excellently kept all year around.
The Music Society is particularly strong, and Fitz is the only
college in Cambridge to have access to a professional string quartet,
the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, in residence at least once every term.
As well as its own Chapel Choir, the college is home to numerous
other singing groups, including Fitz Barbershop, and the Sirens, both
well-loved throughout the university. Fitz is also heavily involved in
the Orchestra on the Hill, whose membership is drawn from the Ĺhillĺ
colleges, performing large scale works on at least a termly basis.
ĹFitztheatreĺ, the Ĺhillĺ college drama society is based at Fitzwilliamĺs
auditorium, one of the largest and best equipped in the University,
newly opened in 2004.