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Admissions statistics

Oxford is very competitive and getting ever more so...

More than 17,000 people applied for undergraduate study and over 20,000 people applied for graduate study at the University of Oxford for 2013 entry. Oxford has around 3,200 undergraduate places and approximately 4,500 graduate places per year. 

The following statistics cover undergraduate and graduate student numbers. These tables are produced annually by the Student Data Management and Analysis team and the Graduate Admissions and Funding office at the University of Oxford.

Oxford is committed to recruiting the best candidates, irrespective of their age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, nationality, national origin, parental status, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, social background or educational background.

Undergraduate

Over 46,000 UCAS applicants achieved AAA+ at A-level (or equivalent) in 2012. The number of A grades at A-level has grown by over 38% in 10 years. Applications to Oxford for undergraduate study have increased by 46% in the last 10 years.

[Source: UCAS; Joint Council for Qualifications; Oxford University data]

Undergraduate headline figures

  • The total number of applicants in October 2012 was 17,216. This remained consistent with the corresponding figure of 17,241 in October 2011.
  • The total number of acceptances was 3,198. This 3,198 includes 87 places for deferred entry in October 2014.
  • 11,556 applications (67.1%) came from those domiciled in the UK; 1,950 (11.3%) from those domiciled in the EU (non-UK), and 3,710 (21.5%) from those domiciled outside the EU.
  • 2,643 (82.6%) of acceptances went to those domiciled in the UK; 180 (5.6%) to those domiciled in the EU (non-UK), and 375 (11.7%) to those domiciled outside the EU.
  • Of UK students attending maintained or independent schools or colleges in the UK, 56.8% of places went to applicants from the state sector and 43.2% to applicants from the independent sector.
  • For all candidates of all domiciles, 45.9% of places went to those from the state sector, 37.6% to the independent sector, and 16.5% to ‘other’ (eg other applicants from UK institutions not classified as state or independent, individual applicants and those applying from overseas).

You can find information on various statistics by following the links on the right.

Statistics for previous years can be found here.

The data in the tables refers to candidates who applied in October 2012, irrespective of the year for which they were seeking admission. It does not include candidates holding deferred offers from the 2011 exercise.

Graduate

Applications for graduate study have increased by 82% since 2005.  

Our graduate students represent many countries and cultures, and are from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

Graduate headline figures

  • The total number of applications in the 2012-13 entry year was 19,969, compared to 19,419 for 2011-12 entry. 
  • 6,552 applications (32.8%) were for graduate research degrees and 13,417 were for graduate taught degrees (67.2%). 
  • The total number of acceptances in the 2012-13 admissions year was 4,623. 
  • 4,987 applications (25%) came from UK citizens; 3,731 (19%) from EU (non-UK) citizens and 11,251 (56%) from Non-EU citizens. 
  • 1,686 acceptances (36%) were from UK citizens, 953 (21%) from EU (non-UK) citizens and 1,984 (43%) from Non-EU citizens. 

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2012/13 admission cycle, are available to download here

Graduate Admissions statistics for previous years

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2011/12 admission cycle

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2010/11 admission cycle

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2009/10 admission cycle

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2008/09 admission cycle

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2007/08 admission cycle

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2006/07 admission cycle

Graduate admissions statistics for the 2005/06 admission cycle