Welcome to the Corpus College website! I hope you will find it useful and interesting.
Corpus was founded in 1517 by Bishop Richard Fox to foster the ‘new Humanist learning’, a radical departure in Oxford’s then intellectual life, and to train students in that learning for the ‘Commonwealth’. The College remains true to that spirit. Our Fellows and postgraduates are at the forefront of today’s ‘new Humanist learning’ in a broad range of subjects from the physics of dark matter and behavioural neuroscience to fresh insights into Latin prose. We pride ourselves on selecting undergraduates who show great promise and nurturing their intellectual development in an unpretentious, challenging, tolerant and supportive environment. It is an extraordinary community from a wide diversity of backgrounds.
The College has one of the finest libraries in Oxford, a prize-winning auditorium and a distinctive garden. It is also one of the smallest colleges, close to the hum of the High Street but bordering the calm of Christ Church Meadow and the River Thames beyond. Corpus currently comprises 248 undergraduates and 108 postgraduates. Over fifty Fellows and College Lecturers support them in their studies, across a wide range of disciplines. Four out of five undergraduates are from the UK; of these, over half are from state schools. Our postgraduate body has a strongly international character, almost half coming from abroad, from over twenty countries.
The College will celebrate its 500th anniversary in 2017. Many of our 4,000 alumni (better known as ‘Old Corpuscles’) who continue to keep in touch from around the globe will join with current students and Fellows in events to mark a historic year.
This website has information for prospective students, applicants for employment, alumni keeping up with Corpus’s news and events and anyone interested in booking the College for an event. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have further questions. And remember that only by visiting in person will you get the full picture of our gem of a College. Do come and see it for yourself!
Professor Steve Cowley