CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that offers a collegiate system. The plethora of non-formal learning opportunities offered by the Colleges complement the formal curricula, nurture students' interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, and build up their confidence and sense of social responsibility. Scholarship and financial aid schemes are available to enable one to fully exploit the potential for personal growth.
Many graduates of the University have quoted college life as among their best experiences at CUHK.
Applicants who have been admitted to a full-time undergraduate programme will be asked to indicate their preferences for college affiliation.
In assigning new students to different Colleges, it is desirable that each College would have students from different faculties/ departments to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas and to widen the students' intellectual perspective. The system for assigning new students to Colleges takes into consideration the preferences of students, their study programmes and admission scores. Priority is given to a new student to be assigned to his/her first-preference College if either of his/her parent is an alumnus/alumna of the College.
While students will be assigned college affiliation based on their preferences as far as possible, they may not be assigned their most preferred College owing to limitation of places available.