REVEALED: UK University Acceptance Rates 2019
UPDATE: Looking for the latest data? We’ve got the university acceptance rate for 2021 here.
Google searches for “university acceptance rate” have increased a lot over recent years.
In fact, from September 2013 to September 2018 searches increased by a staggering 714% – 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 2018, 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 2019.
It relates to applications and acceptances of UK students in June 2018. 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 (BGU)
Overall brilliant university, so glad I chose to come here.
"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
Great experience at Ulster. I would recommend it to any potential student.
University of Suffolk
The uni lecturers are great; they always make sure that you understand everything and you can book tutorials with them if you need some extra one to one support.
University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
Nice view and location
University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)
Best three years of my life. I would highly reccomend this University.
Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)
Brilliant small university environment, everyone is friendly and it's a lovely place to study.
"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
Robert Gordon University (RGU)
The uni has fantastic facilities and loads of opportunities to get involved with student life!
It was a dream come true to attend falmouth, and my expectations have been exceeded multiple times.
Canterbury Christ Church University
I have just finished my 3 years studying Psychology at Christ Church, and I enjoyed every moment of it
University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
I have a great experience as a student at the University of the west of Scotland. All the staff especially my lecturers and supervisors are very helpful.
Abertay University (Dundee)
Always plenty of places to study. Careers and support services are just great. Really friendly and supportive lecturers, and the library is cool.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Both campuses fully equipped with specialist equipment. Lectures very knowledgeable on subjects with hand on experience in the industry.
University of Winchester
The best university. Everyone I encountered during my three years at Winchester was friendly and welcoming
Harper Adams University
Harper is fantastic, despite being one of the smalllest Universities, it’s most definitely the mightiest!
Buckinghamshire New University
I love my course and I truly recommend this university to students
De Montfort University (DMU)
Amazing university, providing best facilities for students all over the world
University of Gloucestershire
The careers service also known as the Future Plan team are very helpful and offer a range of help from work experience, volunteering, internships etc.
University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)
Best place to learn. I actually love everything about this uni..the people are nice and friendly as well.
University of Sunderland
The university are always helpful and always have students in mind
Great university, interesting briefs, visiting speakers and personal design display area. Great SU, plenty of activities for all.
Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
My experience at qub has been very enjoyable...As for the facilities themselves, they are modern, clean and well looked after.
University of Bolton
Best university ever. The course i am on (dental technology) is really well organised and the teachers mostly have experience working in the dental industry which is a massive help.
Overall a very good university would recommend
University of Plymouth
Been here for about a year, absolutely fantastic university, always things going on, supportive university staff and amazing city
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.
Glasgow Caledonian University
The entire environment and university staff have all been very welcoming to students.
Fantastic University. I have loved every minute of it so far and don't want it all to end.
University of Lincoln
Fantastic up and coming university with amazing facilities, teaching and guidance is superb
University of Roehampton
I really like the location of the university and the level of education is high.
Solent University, Southampton
Amazing university, staff are brilliant and are always willing to help.
"Solent University is centrally located in the heart of Southampton, close to major transport hubs, shops, bars and entertainment. We are a modern university with award-winning teaching, personalised support and industry-led curriculums. With a focus on diversity (we have just been recognised by the Times Higher Education University Impact Awards for diversity and reducing inequalities), we have a range of student groups including an LGBGT+ network, and specialised facilities and accommodation for students with mobility issues. We pride ourselves on excellent student learning experiences, with opportunities to learn from performers like Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), West End and Broadway star Earl Carpenter; YouTuber, Gizzy Gazza or Grammy-award winning sound engineer Andrew Scheps. We excel in sports and fitness learning, and are shortly to open a new state-of-the-art sports complex and world-class maritime simulator. As well as degrees, we offer a wide range of modern apprenticeships and excel in graduate employment and earnings. A fun, creative and inclusive learning environment with excellent facilities and courses relevant to today’s modern world." - Zoe Davies, Corporate Commmunications Manager
Oxford Brookes University
Such a fab uni, a great working environment and the place the meet amazing people
University of Portsmouth
Best decision of my life coming here. It has really shaped me as a person and I love every minute.
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Enjoying my course and the experience so far! Such a good uni
University of Worcester
The most friendly Uni I have gone to. I transferred directly from a uni in the north and I have never settled in so quickly especially not knowing anyone!
Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
Nottingham Trent is an amazing university! Everything is so modern and everyone is very welcoming.
University of Salford
Really nice friendly atmosphere. Great leacturers and a pretty campus
University of Hull
University of Hull has a gorgeous campus with excellent facilities.
Leeds Beckett University
So far my experience has superceeded my expectations
University of Cambridge
Excellent university providing us with countless opportunities, both academic and extracurricular
York St John University
A beautiful university with some truly amazing courses.
Sheffield Hallam University
Great university, very friendly people and a lot of facilities.
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Fantastic University, highly qualified academic staff who really support students
Swansea is a brilliant place to live and study. Spent the greatest years of my life here.
University of Wolverhampton
Ideal location in the centre of Wolverhampton with modern facilities. Constantly investing to improve student experience.
University of Chichester
Great University, Lovely people. Lovely Campus.
University of Northampton
Fantastic university. So supportive and caring.
University of East Anglia (UEA)
Lovely campus and people. Great opportunities for societies, trips etc.
University of Huddersfield
Absolutely amazing place I’ve loved studying there