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.