REVEALED: UK University Acceptance Rates 2019

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:

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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

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University of Ulster

Great experience at Ulster. I would recommend it to any potential student.

In June 2018 there were 13,140 applicants to University of Ulster. 4,535 students accepted their offer which results in a 34.51% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2018 there were 3,545 applicants to University of Suffolk. 1,120 students accepted their offer which results in a 31.59% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of the Highlands and Islands

Nice view and location

In June 2018 there were 3,105 applicants to University of the Highlands and Islands. 980 students accepted their offer which results in a 31.56% 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 2018 there were 2,860 applicants to University of Wales (Trinity Saint David). 890 students accepted their offer which results in a 31.12% 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.

"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

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Robert Gordon University

The uni has fantastic facilities and loads of opportunities to get involved with student life!

In June 2018 there were 6,650 applicants to Robert Gordon University. 2,005 students accepted their offer which results in a 30.15% 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 2018 there were 4,685 applicants to Falmouth University. 1,405 students accepted their offer which results in a 29.99% applicant acceptance rate.

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Canterbury Christ Church University

I have just finished my 3 years studying Psychology at Christ Church, and I enjoyed every moment of it

In June 2018 there were 9,075 applicants to Canterbury Christ Church University. 2,645 students accepted their offer which results in a 29.15% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2018 there were 13,875 applicants to University of West Scotland. 4,040 students accepted their offer which results in a 29.12% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2018 there were 3,685 applicants to Abertay University (Dundee). 1,070 students accepted their offer which results in a 29.04% applicant acceptance rate.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University

Both campuses fully equipped with specialist equipment. Lectures very knowledgeable on subjects with hand on experience in the industry.

In June 2018 there were 7,315 applicants to Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2,115 students accepted their offer which results in a 28.91% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Winchester

The best university. Everyone I encountered during my three years at Winchester was friendly and welcoming

In June 2018 there were 7,535 applicants to University of Winchester. 2,160 students accepted their offer which results in a 28.67% 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!

In June 2018 there were 2,010 applicants to Harper Adams University. 570 students accepted their offer which results in a 28.36% applicant acceptance rate.

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Bangor University

Idilic university & location. There is a huge course availability.

In June 2018 there were 6,710 applicants to Bangor University. 1,840 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.42% applicant acceptance rate.

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Buckinghamshire New University

I love my course and I truly recommend this university to students

In June 2018 there were 4,870 applicants to Buckinghamshire New University. 1,335 students accepted their offer which results in a 27.41% applicant acceptance rate.

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De Montfort University

Amazing university, providing best facilities for students all over the world

In June 2018 there were 20,645 applicants to De Montfort University. 5,555 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.91% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2018 there were 7,135 applicants to University of Gloucestershire. 1,905 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.70% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2018 there were 9,465 applicants to University of South Wales. 2,510 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.52% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Sunderland

The university are always helpful and always have students in mind

In June 2018 there were 5,790 applicants to University of Sunderland. 1,530 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.42% applicant acceptance rate.

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Staffordshire University

Great university, interesting briefs, visiting speakers and personal design display area. Great SU, plenty of activities for all.

In June 2018 there were 9,880 applicants to Staffordshire University. 2,610 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.42% applicant acceptance rate.

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Queen's University Belfast

My experience at qub has been very enjoyable...As for the facilities themselves, they are modern, clean and well looked after.

In June 2018 there were 13,895 applicants to Queen's University of Belfast. 3,645 students accepted their offer which results in a 26.23% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

In June 2018 there were 4,075 applicants to University of Bolton. 1,055 students accepted their offer which results in a 25.89% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Overall a very good university would recommend

In June 2018 there were 19,010 applicants to University of Northumbria. 4,880 students accepted their offer which results in a 25.67% applicant acceptance rate.

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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.

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Glasgow Caledonian University

The entire environment and university staff have all been very welcoming to students.

In June 2018 there were 14,160 applicants to Glasgow Caledonian University. 3,465 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.47% applicant acceptance rate.

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Aberystwyth University

Fantastic University. I have loved every minute of it so far and don't want it all to end.

In June 2018 there were 5,350 applicants to Aberystwyth University. 1,300 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.30% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Lincoln

Fantastic up and coming university with amazing facilities, teaching and guidance is superb

In June 2018 there were 16,885 applicants to University of Lincoln. 4,090 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.22% applicant acceptance rate.

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Glyndwr University

A small university but staff really care about their students

In June 2018 there were 1,590 applicants to Glyndwr University. 385 students accepted their offer which results in a 24.21% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Roehampton

I really like the location of the university and the level of education is high.

In June 2018 there were 6,035 applicants to Roehampton University. 1,380 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.87% applicant acceptance rate.

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Solent University

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

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Oxford Brookes University

Such a fab uni, a great working environment and the place the meet amazing people

In June 2018 there were 15,030 applicants to Oxford Brookes University. 3,395 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.59% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Cumbria

Great uni pleased with all on offer

In June 2018 there were 4,565 applicants to University of Cumbria. 1,025 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.45% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Portsmouth

Best decision of my life coming here. It has really shaped me as a person and I love every minute.

In June 2018 there were 21,290 applicants to University of Portsmouth. 4,775 students accepted their offer which results in a applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Central Lancashire

Enjoying my course and the experience so far! Such a good uni

In June 2018 there were 14,940 applicants to University of Central Lancashire. 3,350 students accepted their offer which results in a applicant acceptance rate.

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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!

In June 2018 there were 9,820 applicants to University of Worcester. 2,200 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.40% applicant acceptance rate.

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Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent is an amazing university! Everything is so modern and everyone is very welcoming.

In June 2018 there were 33,885 applicants to Nottingham Trent University. 7,525 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.21% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Salford

Really nice friendly atmosphere. Great leacturers and a pretty campus

In June 2018 there were 19,920 applicants to University of Salford. 4,420 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.19% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Hull

University of Hull has a gorgeous campus with excellent facilities.

In June 2018 there were 10,740 applicants to University of Hull. 2,380 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.16% applicant acceptance rate.

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Leeds Beckett University

So far my experience has superceeded my expectations

In June 2018 there were 23,380 applicants to Leeds Beckett University. 5,145 students accepted their offer which results in a 22.01% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Cambridge

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

In June 2018 there were 11,575 applicants to University of Cambridge. 2,545 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.99% applicant acceptance rate.

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York St John University

A beautiful university with some truly amazing courses.

In June 2018 there were 8,855 applicants to York St John University. 1,895 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.40% applicant acceptance rate.

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Sheffield Hallam University

Great university, very friendly people and a lot of facilities.

In June 2018 there were 27,110 applicants to Sheffield Hallam University. 5,775 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.30% applicant acceptance rate.

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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Fantastic University, highly qualified academic staff who really support students

In June 2018 there were 4,280 applicants to St Mary's University, Twickenham. 905 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.14% applicant acceptance rate.

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Swansea University

Swansea is a brilliant place to live and study. Spent the greatest years of my life here.

In June 2018 there were 13,970 applicants to Swansea University. 2,950 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.12% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Wolverhampton

Ideal location in the centre of Wolverhampton with modern facilities. Constantly investing to improve student experience.

In June 2018 there were 14,790 applicants to University of Wolverhampton. 3,115 students accepted their offer which results in a 21.06% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Chichester

Great University, Lovely people. Lovely Campus.

In June 2018 there were 5,455 applicants to University of Chichester. 1,135 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.81% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Northampton

Fantastic university. So supportive and caring.

In June 2018 there were 12,310 applicants to University of Northampton. 2,560 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.80% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of East Anglia

Lovely campus and people. Great opportunities for societies, trips etc.

In June 2018 there were 14,215 applicants to University of East Anglia. 2,925 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.58% applicant acceptance rate.

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University of Huddersfield

Absolutely amazing place I’ve loved studying there

In June 2018 there were 14,200 applicants to University of Huddersfield. 2,915 students accepted their offer which results in a 20.53% applicant acceptance rate.

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