UCAS application figures 2013

30 January 2013

Commenting on the release of UCAS application figures for 2013 university entry, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said:

“More than half a million potential students have rightly recognised the benefits of going to university. This is the third highest number of applications of all time and there are still many more students applying for university than there are places available. This year applications have increased by 3.5% despite the fact that demographic changes mean there are fewer 18-year-olds in England and Wales this year than last.  

“Prospective students may be rightly taking longer to decide where to apply, but they know a good degree remains a sound investment for the vast majority.  Russell Group graduates typically receive a 10% salary premium over those who went to a modern university.

“It’s good news that applications for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects are increasing, but we are however worried by the continuing drop in applicants for both European and non-European languages. We need language graduates to meet the needs of our economy and society. 

“We are pleased these figures also show that in the last decade there has been a substantial increase in the rates of applications from the most disadvantaged students. Our universities are committed to ensuring that every student with the qualifications, potential and determination to succeed has the opportunity to gain a place at a leading university, whatever their background.

“Money worries shouldn’t stop anyone from applying: there are no up-front fees, repayments are only made when they’re affordable and there is generous help with living costs. If you’re good enough to get in, you can afford to go. 

“About one in three Russell Group students receive a bursary or scholarship that never has to be repaid, and our universities are spending unprecedented sums on financial support. Every student with the talent, potential and ability to succeed at a Russell Group university should apply.”

Notes to Editors

  1. Total applicants through UCAS by 15 January deadline by year:













  1. Population of 18-year-olds in England and Wales based on ONS mid-year population estimates for 2011:









This equates to a reduction of 3.48% from the 2012 cohort to the 2013 cohort.

  1. Number of applicants for European languages are down 6.1% and for non-European languages they are down 6.7%.  Applications for engineering are up by 8.4% and up for computer science by 12.3%.

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