UCAS has published the number of applications received by universities by 15 October, the deadline for Oxford, Cambridge and courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, and are an early indication of the total across all courses this year.
Candidates for other universities have until 15 January to apply, but there has been a trend for early submissions and the figures include early applications for other universities and courses too.
Check out these key articles:
- UK university applicants drop by 12% before tuition fee rise: Ucas reveals 52,321 UK-born students have applied for university next year, when fees will rise to up to £9,000 a year. The number of UK-born university applicants for next September – when fees rise to up to £9,000 a year – has plummeted by almost 12%, official figures show. The first set of statistics on applications to university next year, published by the Universities and Colleges and Admissions Service (Ucas), reveal that 52,321 applicants have applied from within the UK, compared with 59,413 this time last year. The number of applicants from within and outside the UK combined has fallen by 9% to 69,724, from 76,612 this time last year.
- Universities see 40pc fall in soft subject applications: Softer university subjects such as communication studies and creative arts have seen a drop in applications of up to 40 per cent as students seek value for the controversial £9,000 tuition fee, according to figures released on Monday.
- Big drop in women’s applications after university tuition fees increase: Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service showed the drop in women candidates was almost twice as high as among men.
- Government criticised over fall in university applications: Students and lecturers have blamed the Government’s “botched” policies on universities for a 9% drop in total applications.