28 February 2012

University applications continue to be overshadowed by decrease in older applicants

 

28 February 2012

University applications continue to be overshadowed by decrease in older applicants


Commenting on the latest applications figures released by UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) for full-time students hoping to commence study in 2012, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, said: “Currently one in three undergraduate students start their university studies when they are over 21. Older students tend to apply later in the admissions cycle but the February UCAS statistics continue to confirm a significant 10.4% decline in applications from mature students compared to the same time last year.

“University is not just for young people and many universities offer opportunities to study part-time. Ministers and MPs interested in social mobility should now make sure that there is a more active campaign targeted at older people so that they are aware that they do not have to pay fees upfront whether they want to study full or part-time.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. The full figures released by UCAS are available here.. The figures show applications made for 2012 university entry up to 20 February 2012 and comparisons are made with applications at the same point last year.
  2. Total applications from ‘young’ applicants have decreased by 6.4% on the same point in the admissions cycle last year but applications from mature applicants have seen a 10.4% decline.

‘Young’ applicants (20 or under)
2011: 468,906
2012: 438,824
Difference: -30,082
% Difference: -6.4%

Mature applicants (21+)
2011: 135,799
2012: 121,741
Difference: -14,058
% Difference: -10.4%