Clare College is the second oldest of Cambridge’s thirty-one colleges (its foundation having been anticipated, among surviving institutions, only by Peterhouse). It was founded in 1326 and generously endowed a few years later by Lady Elizabeth de Clare (Lady de Burgh), a granddaughter of King Edward I (1272-1307).
Clare College was the first of the Oxford and Cambridge foundations to provide for a Master, Fellows, and Scholars in a single community. It remains today a society of teachers and students brought together by a common interest in learning, teaching, and research. The College has 95 Fellows, 300 graduate students, and approximately 460 students following undergraduate or professional courses.