UCAS releases undergraduate data by sex, area background, and ethnic group for 2017 entry

This morning UCAS published the full institutional breakdown for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Headline data reveals:

Entry to university

  • Overall demand for university places fell by 2.6% caused by a reduction in the size of the 18-year-old population. However, young people were more likely to win a place because universities responded by accepting a higher proportion of applicants.
  • The data reveals that offer rates have continued to rise from 71% in 2012 to 78.3% in 2016/17.
  • Bath University experienced a 6 per cent drop in applications while institutions such as Surrey, Exeter and Aston had a sharp rise in applications.

Sex: Oxford admits more women than men

  • Across all universities 564,245 women were made offers compared to 457,175 men.
  • More women than men have accepted a place at Oxford University for the first time in history. 1,275 British women were given offers compared with 1,165 men. Of those, 1,070 female and 1,025 males accepted their place.
  • At Cambridge men are still offered more places (1,440) compared with women (1,405).

Ethnic Groups: Rise in ethnic minorities applying to university

  • Applications to top universities from ethnic minority students rose to a record high.
  • There was a 7% rise in students from Asian, black, mixed and other ethnic minority backgrounds applying to higher tariff universities between 2016 and 2017.
  • There was a 0.9% decline in white applicants (64,035) to top institutions in 2017, compared with 64,260 in 2016.
  • Overall, figures for 132 UK universities show 183,620 white students entered last year, compared with 29,355 Asian students, 12,630 black students and 10,590 students from a mixed ethnic background.

Social Mobility: Wealthy students still more like to enter university

  • A record number of students from the poorest backgrounds are entering top universities, but richer students are still 2.3 times more likely to enter university, than the poorest students.
  • Despite the gap narrowing, students from the most advantaged areas are 10 times more likely to take place at Oxford and other elite universities.
  • In England, Imperial College London had the highest ratio, with students from the richestĀ areasĀ 10.8 times more likely to enter the university compared to those from the poorest areas.
  • The University of Liverpool admitted the highest proportion of students from the poorest fifth of areas (9.8%), with 380 taking places out of the total cohort of 3,896 students.

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