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Corpus Christi College, Oxford

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Corpus Christi College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1517, it is the 12th oldest college in Oxford, with a financial endowment of £112.6M as of 2015.
The college, situated on Merton Street between Merton College and Christ Church, is one of the smallest in Oxford by student population, having around 230 undergraduates and 120 graduates. It is academic by Oxford standards, averaging in the top half of the university's informal ranking system, the Norrington Table, in recent years, and coming second in 2009–10.
The college has had for a long time a reputation as specializing and excelling in Classics, due to the emphasis placed upon this subject since its founding; to this day it takes more students to study Classics each year than any other single subject.
The college's historical significance includes its role in the translation of the King James Bible. The college is also noted for the pillar sundial in the main quadrangle, known as the Pelican Sundial, which was erected in 1581 by Charles Turnbull. Corpus achieved notability in more recent years when teams representing them won University Challenge on 9 May 2005 and once again on 23 February 2009, although the latter win was later disqualified.
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  • Minuscule college, small but perfect. I am one of those privileged people whose child attends CCC, so I have visited quite a few times. Of course, the Pelican is what most people will want to see. As....  more
    Minuscule college, small but perfect. I am one of those privileged people whose child attends CCC, so I have visited quite a few times. Of course, the Pelican is what most people will want to see. As....  more »
  • Visited as part of a walking tour. A good example of the colleges. As a rule you get to visit the hall and the chapel, both are a delight. Nice, peaceful garden out the back. 
    Visited as part of a walking tour. A good example of the colleges. As a rule you get to visit the hall and the chapel, both are a delight. Nice, peaceful garden out the back.  more »
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  • Very nice free to visit college in Oxford - opening times are quite vague, and you might be able to get in outside those time if you are mindful of the students living and working there. A very nice courtyard, a chapel, and a very nice garden that is reached by going through one of the building sides (again, be mindful that students work and live here, and the gardens might be closed to the public).
  • It was so fascinating to have a look around and learn a bit about the history of the college and its stunning architecture

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