Fun > Tompkins Table 2000-2007

If you're thinking of applying to Cambridge University, you'll have heard about the Tompkins Table. Devised by Cambridge Maths undergraduate Peter Tompkins in 1981, and published each year in The Independent, it rates Cambridge colleges on their exam results.

Of course, these should be taken with a pinch of salt, other resources like The Times Good University Guide produce entirely different rankings for universities and colleges. The best college at the University of Cambridge for 2006 and 2007 was Emmanuel.


College Positions
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Emmanuel College 3 2 2 1 1 5 1 1
Christ's College 1 1 4 2 2 4 6 2
Downing College 8 10 8 12 17 15 11 3
Selwyn College 7 12 13 14 11 19 7 4
St Catharine's College 11 18 12 11 7 1 3 5
Trinity College 2 3 6 8 3 3 5 6
Pembroke College 6 7 1 3 6 6 4 7
Corpus (C) MM2007 Christi College 10 20 18 7 10 16 8 8
Jesus College 13 11 9 10 9 7 10 9
Gonville & Caius College 12 8 7 4 5 2 2 10
Queens' College 5 5 5 5 8 8 14 11
Sidney Sussex College 23 16 19 15 18 14 9 12
Magdalene College 22 22 15 18 22 20 20 13
Fitzwilliam College 21 13 20 20 15 13 19 14
Churchill College 15 9 10 9 19 18 13 15
Trinity Hall 17 15 17 19 12 17 16 16
Clare College 9 6 3 6 4 9 12 17
King's College 20 21 14 16 20 10 17 18
St John's College 4 4 11 13 14 12 15 19
Robinson College 19 14 21 23 16 11 18 20
Girton College 18 17 16 17 25 24 22 21
Newnham College 24 24 22 21 13 21 23 22
New Hall 16 23 24 24 23 25 24 23
Lucy Cavendish College       26 26 27 26 24
Peterhouse 14 19 23 22 21 22 21 25
Homerton College       25 24 26 25 26
Wolfson College       28 28 23 27 27
St Edmund's College       29 29 28 28 28
Hughes Hall       27 27 29 29 29

A note about the tables

Students score 5 for a first, 3 for a 2:1, 2 for a 2:2 and 1 for a 3rd. The ranking is based on (actual score)/(possible score), with some subject weightings applied. Strangely, there's no decent compilation of Tompkins Tables on the web, so this is compiled from a number of sources. The Oxford University equivalent is the Norrington Table. There is no present way to compare Oxbridge colleges directly!

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