UK University Acceptance Rates 2021
A few years ago, the StudentCrowd team noticed that the Google searches for “university acceptance rate” were increasing at a very high rate. This interactive graph shows searches grew by a whopping 1429% between March 2013 and March 2021.
We love to help students make big decisions about their higher education. So we decided to source and publish university acceptance rate data to help prospective students who search for this information.
Understanding the acceptance rate
The definition of the acceptance rate, according to UCAS, is the proportion of applicants who are accepted (placed) onto a university course.
In other words, the percentage of applicants who meet conditional requirements and ultimately choose to enrol at the university in question.
This stat should not be confused with the offer rate, which is defined as the percentage of applicants who received an offer from the university.
We used the latest available data, published by UCAS on the 16th of December 2020, to create the list below.
The data captures applications and acceptances of UK students in June 2020. The acceptance rate statistic is calculated by dividing by the number of applicants by the number of acceptances.
Why are students searching for it?
This part isn’t so easy to explain but here are some factors to bear in mind.
University acceptance rates can be an indicator of quality from the student perspective.
A higher acceptance rate indicates that a higher proportion of applicants accepted university offers.
For students who meet their conditional requirements, ultimately, they will accept an offer from the university that in their opinion, has the highest quality course, facilities, opportunities and more.
However, the statistic is exposed to other factors such as the number of applicants per university space.
Nevertheless, it is clear that prospective students are looking for this data (see 1429% increase in Google searches).
We show this information as a feature on each of our university profiles, so students can easily see the acceptance rate, total applicants, total acceptances and offer rate. Here’s an example.
So, without further ado, here are the 50 UK universities with the highest acceptance rates:
Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU)
The university is stunningly beautiful, the campus is small with great facilities and friendly staff.
"At Bishop Grosseteste University we understand how big a decision choosing a university is for potential students. We therefore do everything we can to create an application process that is not only simple but speaks to the needs of individuals. We provide a wide array of opportunities for applicants to experience the BGU community and engage with staff, students and academics including our Masterclass weeks, residential Summer Schools and Open Days. Our Admissions Team also utilise a range of technologies such as Live Chats and Whatsapp messaging meaning they are always on hand to answer any questions applicants might have. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that students succeed both academically and personally whilst they study with us and we are incredibly proud of the university experience we offer. To know that this hard work is marking us out as one of the most in demand institutions in the country is very rewarding." - Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University
Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
Good university with lots of student societies
University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)
Wonderful place to study. Great tutors, great facilities...
Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)
NUA has great facilities all across campus, with just about anything needed to complete your work, including industry standard materials and software.
"NUA is proud of its gold-rated reputation for teaching excellence and award-winning facilities and campus. We’re a welcoming and specialist community of makers and creators with a shared passion for the art, experiences and materials we produce. It's been said that NUA is big enough to be known on the national and international stage, but small enough for everyone here to know your name. We believe that an essential ingredient of our success is portfolio interviews. We want to get to know applicants and help them get to know us. Coming to Norwich and NUA is an important early chance to meet and engage with the course team and a great opportunity to see our community at work. We’re convinced that when applicants meet us and visit our campus and our city, they know they’re making the right choice for their future." - Paul Hill, Head of Communications, Norwich University of the Arts
Buckinghamshire New University
Lovely friendly university. Lots of support offered to students especially during covid times. Lots of people to talk to
Canterbury Christ Church University
Amazing experience and extremely supportive lectures
University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
Amazing value for money, great staff and lecturers.
Robert Gordon University (RGU)
Lots to get involved in, great careers services
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Good facilities and opportunities. Great careers service. Welcoming, friendly campus...
Abertay University (Dundee)
A great university where all the students and staff are close knit.
An awesome community and university with good lecturers.
It’s a nice and relatively small university, good access with some great surrounding areas to explore.
University of Suffolk
Great university, excellent tutors, supportive student union, great parking space.
University of Gloucestershire
Felt really welcome, very well organized university. Very fast improving.
Edge Hill University
The campus is modern and everything is conveniently located, the facilities are outstanding along with the accommodation one of the best in the UK.
University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
Good experience , nice lecturers and I love the campus facilities and the staff. Definitely recommend
University of Hull
The last 3 years at the University of Hull were fantastic, the campus facilities were extensive ranging from places to eat to the massive library which was the perfect place to get a quiet moment to study.
Had the perfect experience here, great facilities for studying and staff are very helpful
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Open and spacious, plenty of social facilities and the studying facilities are also great
University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)
This uni has been nothing but welcoming to me... the teaching is to a great standard. I've felt at home at this uni...
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
I really enjoy studying at LJMU. The staff and students are really welcoming and helpful... The support you receive from lecturers and peers is great.
Tutors are great on my course very supportive and have so much background experience... Brand new study areas popping up across the campus too which are modern and a great place to work or socialize.
University of the Arts London (UAL)
Ual is a great school that will help you foster your creativity and passion for whatever discipline you wish to go into.
Harper Adams University
As a recent graduate I cannot think of a better place to study, the teaching and support staff are fantastic. They are on hand to help you with any academic concerns you have throughout all years of study...
University of Cumbria
I did my MBA at Cumbria and loved every minute. The in-residence was the highlight... I highly recommend it besides being an affordable university to attend for furthering an executive education.
University of Winchester
great experience, love winchester and the staff, highly recommend if you like a quiet city!
University of Worcester
As a mature student who lived off campus, I found the University very good... The facilities and Internet were fine never had any problems...
University of Lincoln
It’s the perfect university experience for those who don’t want to venture into a big city. Modern campus with the beauty and depth of a historic city...
University of Sunderland
An excellent university! I’m rather impressed with most things here, the campus and facilities are good. No particular issues with internet or wifi.
Glasgow Caledonian University
Fantastic university! The campus is wonderful and modern. It has great facilities and is beautiful. Very sad that I was not visit the campus more often because of the pandemic...
University of Salford
Nice campus and overall a good University, the careers service is very helpful, the student union is a top place to go, and the library is good for studying.
Sheffield Hallam University
So happy I chose to come to Sheffield Hallam. There is a great community and some amazing facilities in the art building where I am based. The staff are also great if you need anything
University of Chichester
A fairly small Uni, but they really care about individuals. Such a lovely environment to be in.
Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
Really great university with lots of facilities catered to students. As an art student I enjoyed the printing facilties in waverly and at the print shop as well as the range of content at the library
I had a few different uni’s on my list, and I can safely say picking Swansea University was the best choice I've made.
University of Cambridge
It's one of the top universities in the world, so the facilities and social experiences including talks, seminars and etc. by experts in different areas are really good.
During my first year in UWE Bristol I had a brilliant time in my course as there was always help from staff as well as there being really good facilities.
Solent University, Southampton
The lecturers are very helpful and usually available. The facilities are outstanding. Would definitely reccomend
De Montfort University (DMU)
Fantastic faculty and really modern, clean buildings. Most of the staff really do care
The university is lovely. Staff are incredibly helpful and supportive. The students are are also really very nice. It's a safe environment to be a part of.
University of Wolverhampton
Lovely uni. Walsall campus was small and just what I needed. Great gym and stuff, student union is great too.
University of East Anglia (UEA)
Very satisfied with my experience at UEA. I have completed both my BSc and MSc here and cannot complain at all about the level of education and support I have received. Would highly recommend.
Bournemouth University (BU)
I am amazed at the breadth of experience that my faculty staff have, this feeds into their lectures and research... The careers team are amazing and the university has adapted well to COVID-19...
University of Plymouth
Nice campus with modern buildings and lots of facilities available to students. Lots of interesting clubs and societies to choose from too.
Plymouth is known for the excellence of its teaching and research and particularly for the way in which it supports its students to be the very best they can. This, and the fabulous location in Britain’s Ocean City in Devon, presents a compelling and attractive choice for many students. The University is also well known for its strong sustainability credentials, including its world leading position in marine litter research, and is a destination of choice for those who care about the environment and who want to make a difference.
University of Essex
Lovely, green campus with great facilities. The shops and restaurants have good variety. The award-winning SU consistently goes above and beyond in its support of the students. The student support staff are helpful and friendly.
Oxford Brookes University
I’m currently a second year & have had the best time at OBU so far. There’s a wide range of clubs & societies to choose from, as well as great academic support.
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Fantastic University, highly qualified academic staff who really support students
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth has a lively and friendly atmosphere, with great diversity and facilities on offer to staff, students as well as the general public...