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Clare College
Clare College entrance
ClareCollegeCrest.svg
Clare College heraldic shield: on the left there are the three chevrons of the de Clare family. On the right is the cross gules of the de Burgh family (Elizabeth de Clare's first husband was John de Burgh. This shield with its border of tears was used on Elizabeth de Clare's personal seal.
University University of Cambridge
Location Trinity Lane (map)
Established 1326
Named for Elizabeth de Clare
Previous names University Hall (1326-1338)
Clare Hall (1338-1856)
Sister colleges Oriel College, Oxford
St Hugh's College, Oxford
Master Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner
Undergraduates 440
Postgraduates 210
Website www.clare.cam.ac.uk
Union of Clare Students ucs.clare.cam.ac.uk/drupal/
MCR mcr.clare.cam.ac.uk/about-the-mcr
Boat club www.clareboatclub.org.uk

Clare College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The college was founded in 1326 as University Hall, making it the second-oldest surviving college of the University after Peterhouse. It was refounded in 1338 as Clare Hall by an endowment from Elizabeth de Clare. Clare is famous for its chapel choir and for its gardens on "the Backs" (the back of the colleges that overlook the River Cam).

Clare is consistently one of the most popular Cambridge colleges amongst prospective applicants. As of 2016, it had an endowment of over £106m.

Clare Bridge

Clare has a much-photographed bridge over the River Cam and is the oldest of Cambridge's current bridges. It was built of stone in 1640 by Thomas Grumbold and restored in 1969 and is a Grade 1 listed building.

Student life

Clare is known as a liberal and progressive college. In 1972 it became one of the three male Cambridge colleges that led the way in admitting female undergraduates. Clare continues in this tradition and has won praise for the transparency of its admissions process.

Clare is known as one of the most musical colleges in Cambridge. Its choir has performed all over the world. Many Clare students play instruments, and the college music society, Clare College Music Society (CCMS), is well known, particularly the orchestra. Like most Cambridge colleges, Clare allows students to have a piano in their college rooms.

Clare's student newspaper, Clareification, won "Best University College Paper" in "The Cambridge Student" in 2005. Published by the Union of Clare Students, it comprises satirical articles mocking Cambridge traditions and reports on silly student antics.

Clare holds an annual may ball on the Monday of May Week in the middle of June. It is one of the largest may balls in Cambridge and is well known for securing popular head-liners.

Clare Boat Club is the rowing club for current members of Clare College. The Club's Head Coach and Boathouse Manager, Anton Wright, is currently appearing on Channel 4's year-long reality TV show, Eden.

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