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:

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Bishop Grosseteste University

Absolutely love BG! Having the greatest time doing my degree and I couldn't have picked a better place!

In June 2017 there were 1,370 applicants to Bishop Grosseteste University. 590 students accepted their offer which results in a 43.07% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Wales (Trinity Saint David)

Best three years of my life. I would highly reccomend this University.

In June 2017 there were 2,800 applicants to University of Wales (Trinity Saint David). 990 students accepted their offer which results in a 35.36% applicant acceptance rate.

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Falmouth University

It was a dream come true to attend falmouth, and my expectations have been exceeded multiple times.

In June 2017 there were 5,025 applicants to Falmouth University. 1,620 students accepted their offer which results in a 32.24% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Ulster

Lecturers are very enthusiastic and are easily contacted when you need help.

In June 2017 there were 13,525 applicants to University of Ulster. 4,360 students accepted their offer which results in a 32.24% applicant acceptance rate.

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Teesside University

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.

In June 2017 there were 10,135 applicants to Teesside University. 3,135 students accepted their offer which results in a 30.93% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of the Highlands and Islands

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In June 2017 there were 3,035 applicants to University of the Highlands and Islands. 920 students accepted their offer which results in a 30.31% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 1,920 applicants to Harper Adams University. 575 students accepted their offer which results in a 29.95% applicant acceptance rate.

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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!

In June 2017 there were 7,295 applicants to Robert Gordon University. 2,135 students accepted their offer which results in a 29.27% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 2,530 applicants to Norwich University of the Arts. 700 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.67% applicant acceptance rate.

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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!

In June 2017 there were 7,640 applicants to University of Winchester. 2,110 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.62% applicant acceptance rate.

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Abertay University (Dundee)

I love it! It's friendly, highly educational and has a central location.

In June 2017 there were 3,370 applicants to Abertay University (Dundee). 925 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.45% applicant acceptance rate.

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Glyndwr University

I've had a fab time at Glyndwr. Really friendly, great support from the teaching staff.

In June 2017 there were 1,545 applicants to Glyndwr University. 420 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.18% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Gloucestershire

There are loads of clubs and societies to join at the university. Excellent Wifi on campus and halls of residence.

In June 2017 there were 8,120 applicants to University of Gloucestershire. 2,200 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.09% applicant acceptance rate.

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Aberystwyth University

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.

In June 2017 there were 5,515 applicants to Aberystwyth University. 1,490 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.02% applicant acceptance rate.

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Best decision I ever made coming to this uni

In June 2017 there were 9,305 applicants to Canterbury Christ Church University. 2,510 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.97% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 14,290 applicants to Queen's University of Belfast. 3,825 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.77% applicant acceptance rate.

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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!

In June 2017 there were 7,765 applicants to Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2,075 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.72% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 16,345 applicants to University of Plymouth. 4,345 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.58% applicant acceptance rate.

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Staffordshire University

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!

In June 2017 there were 10,495 applicants to Staffordshire University. 2,760 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.30% applicant acceptance rate.

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Bangor University

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!

In June 2017 there were 7,350 applicants to Bangor University. 1,875 students accepted their offer which results in a 25.51% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 14,890 applicants to University of Lincoln. 3,715 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.95% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Sunderland

Great university! So glad I chose to came here. Campuses are small and nice looking.

In June 2017 there were 6,485 applicants to University of Sunderland. 1,595 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.60% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 8,205 applicants to Buckinghamshire New University. 1,975 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.07% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Cambridge

Excellent university providing us with countless opportunities, both academic and extracurricular.

In June 2017 there were 10,760 applicants to University of Cambridge. 2,585 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.02% applicant acceptance rate.

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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!

In June 2017 there were 9,100 applicants to Southampton Solent University. 2,175 students accepted their offer which results in a 23.90% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 11,560 applicants to University of Hull. 2,745 students accepted their offer which results in a 23.75% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 14,550 applicants to Glasgow Caledonian University. 3,430 students accepted their offer which results in a 23.57% applicant acceptance rate.

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Roehampton University

Amazing university with a gorgeous campus. Friendly lecturers and very interesting modules to do as s part of your degree

In June 2017 there were 7,375 applicants to Roehampton University. 1,735 students accepted their offer which results in a 23.53% applicant acceptance rate.

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York St John University

Absolutely amazing uni!! So happy I decided to go with YSJ, couldn't have made a better decision.

In June 2017 there were 9,235 applicants to York St John University. 2,035 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.04% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Chichester

A fairly small Uni, but they really care about individuals. Such a lovely environment to be in.

In June 2017 there were 5,605 applicants to University of Chichester. 1,235 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.03% applicant acceptance rate.

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UWE Bristol

The uni make you feel welcome and wanted. Couldn't have chosen a better university.

In June 2017 there were 24,600 applicants to University of the West of England (UWE). 5,385 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.89% applicant acceptance rate.

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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

In June 2017 there were 31,455 applicants to Nottingham Trent University. 6,880 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.87% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Worcester

great university, top facilities love it here

In June 2017 there were 11,045 applicants to University of Worcester. 2,380 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.55% applicant acceptance rate.

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Swansea University

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!!!!

In June 2017 there were 15,685 applicants to Swansea University. 3,375 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.52% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Wolverhampton

Excellent teaching and facilities offered to students. Great International Program. Highly recommended for MBA

In June 2017 there were 15,540 applicants to University of Wolverhampton. 3,335 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.46% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Bolton

There are lots of facilities, events and good career opportunities within Bolton due to the Students Union.

In June 2017 there were 4,405 applicants to University of Bolton. 945 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.45% applicant acceptance rate.

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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

In June 2017 there were 22,420 applicants to De Montfort University. 4,755 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.21% applicant acceptance rate.

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Heriot-Watt University

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

In June 2017 there were 7,430 applicants to Heriot-Watt University. 1,570 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.13% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 5,595 applicants to University of Cumbria. 1,160 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.73% applicant acceptance rate.

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Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam was the perfect choice, I wouldn't have rather have picked anywhere else!

In June 2017 there were 30,070 applicants to Sheffield Hallam University. 6,200 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.62% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2017 there were 5,330 applicants to Arts University Bournemouth. 1,095 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.54% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Salford

An amazing university all round with great facilities and they are still building new stuff and investing in their students.

In June 2017 there were 20,430 applicants to University of Salford. 4,190 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.51% applicant acceptance rate.

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Newman University

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.

In June 2017 there were 3,040 applicants to Newman University. 620 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.39% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Huddersfield

Absolutely amazing place I’ve loved studying there

In June 2017 there were 14,975 applicants to University of Huddersfield. 3,050 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.37% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Central Lancashire

Great location, amazing nights out, brilliant people and generally a fantastic University. Wouldn't of chosen anywhere else!

In June 2017 there were 17,585 applicants to University of Central Lancashire. 3,540 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.13% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of the Arts London

great Uni and very friendly people

In June 2017 there were 13,915 applicants to University of the Arts London. 2,795 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.09% applicant acceptance rate.

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Oxford University

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.

In June 2017 there were 12,765 applicants to Oxford University. 2,540 students accepted their offer which results in a 19.90% applicant acceptance rate.

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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

In June 2017 there were 10,860 applicants to Bath Spa University. 2,160 students accepted their offer which results in a 19.89% applicant acceptance rate.

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St Mary's University, Twickenham

My course is really good so far

In June 2017 there were 4,615 applicants to St Mary's University, Twickenham. 915 students accepted their offer which results in a 19.83% applicant acceptance rate.

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Liverpool John Moores University

Brilliant university extremely happy I moved over to john moores they are very welcoming and the lecturers are extremely helpful

In June 2017 there were 26,485 applicants to Liverpool John Moores University. 5,230 students accepted their offer which results in a 19.75% applicant acceptance rate.

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