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UCAS: Largest Ever Student Intake for 2016/17

The University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) has confirmed that the intake for the 2016/2017 academic year is likely to be the largest on record.

UCAS: Record Intake for 2016/2017 Academic Year

The University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) has confirmed that the intake for the 2016/2017 academic year is likely to be the largest on record.

Releasing their final figures prior to the start of the next academic year, UCAS has confirmed that the final total for university applications in 2016/17 is 674,890 – 1,850 more applicants than in 2015/16.


Utilising the final summer deadline, June 30, the figures are the most reliable indicator of how many applications have been made to UK higher education institutions prior to the announcement of A-Level and other qualification results on August 18.


Overall, the figures have applications remain relatively steady year-on-year, with the number of UK applicants increasing by 150 on the year, in spite of UCAS indicating a likely decrease in UK applicants based on January applications.


The largest increase has been seen from EU students, where the number of applications for places at UK colleges and universities rose by 6%, or 2,920 students, to total 51,850.


Conversely, there was a minor decrease in the number of applications from overseas students of 2%, falling to 69,300 from last year’s record breaking 70,530.
In the UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all saw increases, rising by 1.42%, 1.98% and 0.80% respectively. However, applications from students in England have fallen since the 2015/2016 academic year, declining by 0.29% to 459,430.


As reported in their January figures, UCAS believes this slight drop is due to English students between the ages of 20 and 34 electing not to apply for university this year.


UCAS will next confirm the number of students who have secured a place at university following the announcement of results next month. Following record demand from students and last year’s removal of the upper limit on the number of students a university can take, UCAS anticipates this to be the largest intake on record.

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