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Number of University Applicants Rises for 2016/17

Demand for UK higher education has continued to grow, with the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) reporting a 0.2% increase in applications for the upcoming academic year.

Student Applications to UK Higher Education Institutions Rise in 2016

Demand for UK higher education has continued to grow, with the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) reporting a 0.2% increase in applications for the upcoming academic year.

Utilising data collated from applications made prior to the January 15 deadline, UCAS has confirmed that 593,720 university applications have been made for the 2016/17 academic year at universities.


The total number of applicants from the UK has decreased by 0.32% since 2015, with 495,940 choosing to apply. The decline has been predominantly attributed to a fall in the number of applications from English students aged between 20 and 34.


While the number of applications from England has fallen by 1%, elsewhere in the UK, student applications have risen. Northern Ireland has seen applications rise by 2%, whilst Wales and Scotland has increased by 1%.


Internationally, EU applicant numbers have increased by 6% compared to the 2015’s figures, with a total of 45,220 students applying to study within the UK.


For students outside of the EU, numbers rose by 1%, with the number of applicants increasing to 52,560.

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