Published: UK University Acceptance Rates
Google searches for “university acceptance rate” increased 714% in the last 5 years.
This is according to Google Trends data from September 2013 to September 2018 – here’s a link to the interactive graph.
At StudentCrowd, we noticed this huge rise in searches. We decided to source and publish university acceptance rate data to help prospective students who search for this information.
Defining the acceptance rate:
According to UCAS’ End of Cycle Report 2017, the acceptance rate statistic is defined as 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.
The acceptance rate statistic should not be confused with the offer rate, which UCAS defines as the percentage of applicants who received an offer from the university.
In order to identify the top 50 universities in the UK with the highest acceptance rates, we gathered the latest available data, published by UCAS on the 25th of January 2018. It relates to applications and acceptances of UK students in June 2017. The acceptance rate statistic is calculated by taking the number of acceptances divided by the number of applicants.
What does this data show us?
This is where it gets a little tricky.
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 714% increase in Google searches).
As a result, we have added a feature to each of our university profiles to display; the acceptance rate, total applicants, total acceptances and offer rate – here’s an example.
Here are the 50 UK Universities with the highest acceptance rates:
Bishop Grosseteste University
Absolutely love BG! Having the greatest time doing my degree and I couldn't have picked a better place!
University of Wales (Trinity Saint David)
Best three years of my life. I would highly reccomend this University.
It was a dream come true to attend falmouth, and my expectations have been exceeded multiple times.
University of Ulster
Lecturers are very enthusiastic and are easily contacted when you need help.
After being at Teesside for 1 year I am loving every moment, and even though it wasn't my first choice I am so glad and grateful that I selected it as my 2nd choice.
University of the Highlands and Islands
nice view and loch
Harper Adams University
Harper is fantastic, despite being one of the smalllest Universities, it’s most definitely the mightiest! All the staff are willing and able to help each and every student succeed.
Robert Gordon University
Travelling from abroad I had no idea what to expect, since the first day I felt like everybody was so ready to help. So many opportunities to grab and genuinely can't wait to start another year!
Norwich University of the Arts
Brilliant small university environment, everyone is friendly and it's a lovely place to study. Great facilities and opportunities plus Norwich is beautiful and the university is centrally located which is excellent.
University of Winchester
The university of Winchester is one of the best place I have been. The place is amazing and I am so happy that I had university of Winchester as my first choose!
Abertay University (Dundee)
I love it! It's friendly, highly educational and has a central location.
I've had a fab time at Glyndwr. Really friendly, great support from the teaching staff.
University of Gloucestershire
There are loads of clubs and societies to join at the university. Excellent Wifi on campus and halls of residence.
I couldn't have found a better university. I love living in Aber, and I love the uni. We are a relatively small uni, but for the size they try and do their best for us.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Best decision I ever made coming to this uni
Queen's University Belfast
My experience at qub have been very enjoyable. They offer a vast selection of clubs from chess to skydiving!! As for the facilities themselves, they are modern, clean and well looked after.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Had a really good 3 years here & am returning in September to do PGCE Primary! Can't fault the staff, facilities or experiences - you can find almost anything you want to do at this uni!
University of Plymouth
We may not be the highest ranked uni in the UK but we more than make up for it with a great city, great clubs, great people and enthusiastic lecturers.
when choosing which university I wanted to attend 3 years ago I decided Staffs sounded the best due to the course, the campus, the area all the boxes were ticked and it did not disappoint!
My time at Bangor university has been incredible, from the lectures to the people I have met, I couldn't of wished for a better university experience!
University of Lincoln
I'm in my first year doing Media Production and I definitely chose the right uni. The best place to be for friendly students, staff and all round is perfect.
University of Sunderland
Great university! So glad I chose to came here. Campuses are small and nice looking.
Buckinghamshire New University
Good course, good lecturers, good opportunities. Has more of a college feel to it, I'm happy with the choice I made.
University of Cambridge
Excellent university providing us with countless opportunities, both academic and extracurricular.
Southampton Solent University
Solent felt like the right choice for me, and it’s worked out beautifully! I’m on track to recieving a first class honours and don’t think i could have done that if it wasn’t for Solent!
University of Hull
The University of Hull was one of the best choices I made. I started off doing psychology but when I found it was not for me they helped me change courses within a week.
Glasgow Caledonian University
The small campus meant that students are able to move from one classroom or lecture hall to the next easily and relatively quickly for classes, and the entire environment and university staff (including those in the Wellbeing Service & the security services) have all been very welcoming to students.
Amazing university with a gorgeous campus. Friendly lecturers and very interesting modules to do as s part of your degree
York St John University
Absolutely amazing uni!! So happy I decided to go with YSJ, couldn't have made a better decision.
University of Chichester
A fairly small Uni, but they really care about individuals. Such a lovely environment to be in.
The uni make you feel welcome and wanted. Couldn't have chosen a better university.
Nottingham Trent University
I can't really fault Trent in any aspects, the student environment is electric and you easily find yourself immersed into a culture where you make friends for life. I'm so glad I chose Trent, and it will be a decision you won't regret
University of Worcester
great university, top facilities love it here
Absolutely incredible Uni, wasn't going to put it as my first choice, but visited the uni and loved it from the minute I got there! Their societies are also incredible! Couldn't rate it more highly!!!!
University of Wolverhampton
Excellent teaching and facilities offered to students. Great International Program. Highly recommended for MBA
University of Bolton
There are lots of facilities, events and good career opportunities within Bolton due to the Students Union.
De Montfort University
Absolutely brilliant. Amazing atmosphere and a decent su. My course is fab and the teachers are all very friendly. Lots of opportunities
Very modern and always working hard to improve facilities and student experience. Wide range of facilities from a shop to cafes to a state of the art sports facility. A lovely place with very helpful staff
University of Cumbria
University of cumbria is great, it offers loads of opportunities for furthering in a career and has some amazing courses that a lot of university do not do.
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam was the perfect choice, I wouldn't have rather have picked anywhere else!
Arts University Bournemouth
I couldn't have picked a better place to go to university. The equipment available is exactly what I need to develop my skill and practice.
University of Salford
An amazing university all round with great facilities and they are still building new stuff and investing in their students.
Newman is a great choice for your degree. You have the opportunity to develop personally as well as academically, you will receive 5 star student support and careers service at newman.
University of Huddersfield
Absolutely amazing place I’ve loved studying there
University of Central Lancashire
Great location, amazing nights out, brilliant people and generally a fantastic University. Wouldn't of chosen anywhere else!
University of the Arts London
great Uni and very friendly people
Oxford University is the most amazing place to be. You meet extraordinary people at every step, both students and tutors, who absolutely change your perspective.
Bath Spa University
Really good experience at Bath Spa, teaching was fantastic aswell as it being a really beautiful campus with a very positive atmosphere
St Mary's University, Twickenham
My course is really good so far
Liverpool John Moores University
Brilliant university extremely happy I moved over to john moores they are very welcoming and the lecturers are extremely helpful