The percentage of 18-year-olds in England applying to university has set a new record, according to UCAS figures. An analysis of applications for full-time undergraduate courses starting in September 2019 at UK universities shows that in England a record 38.8 per cent of 18-year-old’s have applied. This represents a 1.4% increase from 2018.
London continues to have the highest 18-year-old application rate (49.9%), and the North East the lowest (32.9%). With the London rate increasing by 2.4% this year, 18-year-olds in London are now 36% more likely than 18-year-olds in the rest of England to have applied to higher education (up from 33% last year).
Across all countries and age groups, 561,420 people applied to higher education through UCAS by the January deadline – an increase of 0.4% from 2018. EU applicants increased by 0.9% to 43,890, and non-EU applicants increased by 9.0% to 63,695.