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Undergraduate admissions statistics

Oxford University is pleased to publish its fifth 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 2017 and 2021. 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 significant progress towards our journey of diversifying our student body, as well as evidence that this work is far from over. Selection continues to be very competitive, with applications rising by 22% in the past five years. Some groups remain under-represented in our community. We are committed to building a more inclusive Oxford and being representative of wider society.

We have expanded our flagship access programme UNIQ by supplementing the academic residential in Oxford with a sustained programme of online support. Opportunity Oxford, a programme that helps prepare talented UK offer-holders from under-represented backgrounds for successful student careers, has grown from 116 offers in 2020 to 231 offers in 2022. This year we are launching 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 2017 and 2021, within the total group of UK-domiciled undergraduates admitted:

  • The proportion from state schools rose from 58.2% to 68.2%.
  • The proportion identifying as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) rose from 17.8% to 24.6%.
  • The proportion from socio-economically disadvantaged areas rose from 10.6% to 17.3%.
  • The proportion from areas of low progression to higher education rose from 12.9% to 17.0%.
  • The proportion declaring a disability rose from 7.8% to 11.6%.
  • The proportion of women rose from 50.0% to 55.2%.

We remain committed to ensuring that every talented, academically driven pupil, 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, 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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