Selwyn is relatively less wealthy for a traditional Cambridge College. In 2006, it had an estimated financial endowment of £22 million and in 2004, fixed assets were worth £70 million. The College was ranked 16th out of 30 in an assessment of College wealth conducted by Varsity in November 2006. Selwyn has, in recent times, improved acadmeically, and now performs much better, being ranked 1st out of 29 in the 2008 Tompkins Table (4th in 2007, 7th in 2006).
Six acres (24,000 m²) of farm land, between Grange Road, West Road and Sidgwick Avenue, was originally acquired from Corpus Christi College and is now home to Selwyn's three main courts, Old Court, Cripps Court, and Ann's Court, with some ancillary buildings, including houses serving as student hostels on Grange Road, West Road and Sidgwick Avenue. The site was originally considered somewhat remote from the centre of the university (indeed, an alternative site on Lensfield Road, where the Catholic church now stands, was rejected as being too small), however, with the growth of departmental buildings, libraries and new faculties, Selwyn now neighbours the Sidgwick Site, affording Selwynites the easiest access of any Cambridge college to the many faculty buildings housed there.
Old Court, built in red brick in the Tudor Gothic style, was largely designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield and comprises seven staircases (A to G), together with a tower and gateway, Master's lodge, chapel and hall. Cripps Court, named after the Cripps Foundation that donated most of the funds to build it (and which also funded developments at St John's College and Queens' College), was built and formally opened in 1969 on land on the opposite side of Grange Road which was originally owned by Jesus College. It comprises a further seven staircases (H to N) and is home to all of Selwyn's first-year undergraduates as well as a mix of other undergraduates and postgraduates. Ann's Court, built on the land to the north of Old Court and south of West Road, is the newest court: it is named after Ann Dobson, one of the principal donors towards the construction costs of the first block, which was completed in July 2005 and consists of 44 ensuite rooms and 15 administrative offices, forming two staircases (O and P).
The College has planning permission to add a further four phases to Ann's Court, with the work planned to be undertaken over the next twenty years. The remaining phases of the building project will extend the college's red-brick facade along Grange Road to the corner of West Road, adding two further accommodation blocks, a new library and an auditorium.
The dexter half of the arms (those of the See of Lichfield) are unusual, with or (gold) countercharged on argent (silver), violating the rule of tincture, which prohibits a metal to be charged with another metal. This is thought to refer to the Kingdom of Jerusalem, which also famously violates this rule. The Pastoral Staff of Bishop Selwyn is based on a hardwood Māori staff which is held in the College Chapel.
The College was also granted a badge, A Mitre Or within an Annulet Purpure.
The College motto is a biblical quotation from 1 Corinthians, chapter 16, verse 13, in Greek, "ΑΝΔΡΙΖΕΣΘΕ", translated in the King James Version as "Quit ye like men" (alternatively, in the Douay Rheims version, "Do manfully" or, in the New American Bible, "Be courageous" ). The motto also appears as part of a longer quotation over the main College gate.
|Clive Anderson||1952||Comedian and television show host|
|Ralph Chubb||1892||1960||Poet and printer|
|Thomas Sugden||1979||All round good chap|
|A. R. Cornelius||1903||1991||Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan|
|John Selwyn Gummer||1939||British politician|
|Richard Harries||1936||Former Bishop of Oxford and Life Peer|
|Grayston "Bill" Ives||1948||Composer|
|Lionel Charles Knights||1906||1997||Literary critic|
|Hugh Laurie||1959||Comedian and actor|
|Ran Laurie||1915||1998||1948 Olympic rowing gold medallist|
|Ivan Lloyd-Phillips||1910||1984||Civil servant|
|Sir Richard May||1938||2004||Judge|
|David Miller||1946||Political theorist|
|Barry Morgan||1947||Archbishop of Wales|
|Malcolm Muggeridge||1903||1990||Author and journalist|
|Nigel Newton||1955||Founder, Bloomsbury Publishing|
|Sir Edwin Nixon||1921||2008||Managing director of IBM (UK)|
|Mario Petrucci||1958||Poet, essayist, critic|
|John Sentamu||1949||Archbishop of York|
|Sir Peter Singer||1944||Judge|
|Sir Peter Smith||1952||Judge|
|Graham Stuart||1962||British politician|
|David K.R. Thomson||1957||Member of Canada's wealthiest family|