The University of London was established in 1836. One of the reasons behind the establishment of a new University was for those who were unable to attend Oxford or Cambridge- which at that time only admitted members of the Church of England. In 1878 the University of London became that first to admit women. By 1908 the University boasted 4,000 students- more than both Oxford and Cambridge, and was the fifth largest University in the world. The expanding institution required a larger home and Charles Holden designed the Senate House- which was completed in 1937. During WWII the Senate House was used by the Ministry of Information. Today the University of London is an amalgamation of nineteen separate Colleges and numerous smaller institutions. The University currently has more 115,000 students and the Senate House has become a familiar sight on the London skyline. Virtually every conceivable course can be catered for by the University of one of its associations and the institution attracted students from across the globe.