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Undergraduate admissions statistics

Oxford University is pleased to publish its sixth 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 admissions years between 2018 and 2022. 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. We publish this Report to measure our progress and provide transparency about our processes.

The data reveals the consolidation of our recent progress to ensure that those with the highest academic potential, from all backgrounds, can realise their aspirations to study here. 

Admission to Oxford is increasingly competitive. Over the past five years, students from a wider range of backgrounds than ever have joined the University, including from areas of low progression to higher education and from areas of social and economic disadvantage.  Some groups remain under-represented in our community. We remain committed to building a more inclusive Oxford and being representative of wider society.

In 2022, almost 1,500 Year 12 students joined our flagship access programme UNIQ, and 188 students participated in Opportunity Oxford, a programme that helps prepare talented UK offer-holders from under-represented backgrounds for successful student careers. In 2023, the first offers were made to 35 UK state school students for the Astrophoria Foundation Year, a year-long foundation course for UK state school students who have high academic potential but have experienced severe personal disadvantage or a disrupted education.

Between 2018 and 2022, within the total group of UK-domiciled undergraduates admitted:

  • The proportion from state schools rose from 60.5% to 68.1%.
  • The proportion identifying as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) rose from 18.3% to 27.8%.
  • The proportion from socio-economically disadvantaged areas rose from 11.3% to 15.5%.
  • The proportion from areas of low progression to higher education rose from 13.1% to 16.6%.
  • The proportion declaring a disability rose from 9.3% to 12.8%.
  • The proportion of women rose from 51.2% to 53.1%.

We remain committed to ensuring that every talented, academically motivated student, wherever they come from, sees Oxford as a place for them and has a fair chance of securing a place on a course.

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 ox.ac.uk/ask, 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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