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Undergraduate admissions statistics

Oxford University is pleased to publish its fourth Annual Admissions Statistical Report. This gives information on the students who have applied to our undergraduate courses, received offers and been admitted, over the last five years. The statistics are broken down by domicile, nation and region of the UK, disadvantage, school type, gender, ethnicity and disability, and they are presented at University level and by course and college.

The data reveals steady progress towards our journey of diversifying our student body, as well as evidence that this work is far from over. Some groups remain under-represented in our community. We are committed to building a more inclusive Oxford and being representative of wider society.

We welcomed our first cohort of students under the new Opportunity Oxford Programme this year and responded rapidly to the pandemic by putting our access and outreach activity online, creating Virtual Open Days and developing digital versions of our signature programmes like UNIQ. While the pandemic has, in many ways, changed the way we operate, it has not weakened our commitment to diversifying the make-up of our student body.

Over the past five years the proportion of students from state schools rose from 58% to 68.6%. The proportion identifying as Black and Minority Ethnic rose from 15.82% to 23.6%. The proportion from socio-economically disadvantaged areas rose from 8.2% to 15.9%. The proportion from areas of low progression to higher education rose from 11.4% to 15.6%. The proportion declaring a disability rose from 7.2% to 10.4%. The proportion of women rose from 48.6% to 54.2%. This reflects real progress and is a testament to the dedication of our Admissions Teams, the support of school teachers and, of course, the many talents of able and ambitious young people.

Notwithstanding all the adjustments and adaptations required by the pandemic we remain committed to ensuring that every talented, academically driven pupil in the country, wherever they come from, sees Oxford as a place for them.

If you are a student considering applying to Oxford, a family member, or teacher with ideas about how we can reach more young people across the UK, please get in touch via, as we would love to hear your thoughts.

Information and advice about applying to Oxford and giving more detail on the student experience itself, including forthcoming events, is regularly posted on our Admissions pages.

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With best wishes,

Martin Williams
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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