Applications to UK universities decline

On Monday morning, UCAS released the latest application data which details the recruitment cycle up to the 15 January deadline for 2018 applicants.

The data reveals:

  • Overall 0.9% decline in applications compared to 2016.
  • A 1% decline in applications to UK universities, while applications to Scottish institutions have risen by 1%.
  • There was a 13% increase in applications to Scotland from international students from outside of the EU.
  • The decline from UK applications from 18 year olds is primarily due to demographic factors although numbers of mature applicants continue to fall.
  • However, 18-year-olds are 1% more likely to apply than in 2017.
  • A rise in international applications, including a 3% rise from the EU.
  • From the UK, applications from all POLAR (participation of local areas) quintiles have dropped in the 2017/18 admissions cycle.

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