Disability

This page sets out the number and proportion of UK-domiciled students who declare a disability on application to Oxford.

  • The number of students declaring a disability on application, the number of those students receiving offers and the number being admitted, has been increasing year on year since 2016.
  • In 2020, 10.4% of admitted students had declared a disability on application, 3.2 percentage points higher than in 2016.

UK-domiciled students declaring a disability, 2016–2020

 DisabilityNo known disability 
 ApplicationsOffersAdmittedApplicationsOffersAdmittedProportion of total
UK students admitted
20201,51932530712,5832,7342,64310.4%
20191,34930324512,5322,7562,3459.5%
20181,20229123811,8112,6692,3329.3%
20171,08324119911,5132,7002,3617.8%
201693122619111,2782,7792,4557.2%

UK-domiciled students declaring a disability by category of disability,
three-year total 2018–2020

 ApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of total
UK students admitted
Autistic spectrum disorder436107951.2%
Blind/partial sight5921190.2%
Deaf/partial hearing7618180.2%
Learning difficulty*1,3702802403.0%
Longstanding illness31974660.8%
Mental health8982021672.1%
Multiple disabilities30681650.8%
Other disability503108931.1%
Wheelchair/mobility10328270.3%
Total with declared disability4,0709197909.7%
No declared disability36,9268,1597,32090.3%
Total40,9969,0788,110100.0%

* including dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD

Context

Breakdown of students at UK universities by disability status

Bar chart showing: All UK universities (2018 UK intake)* - 84.0% no known disability and 16.0% disability. Russell Group (2018 UK intake)* - 86.0% no known disability and 14.0% disability.

Oxford University (2020 UK intake)

Bar chart showing: 89.6% no known disability and 10.4% disability.

*Most recent available national data covers 2018 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, UK-domiciled undergraduate students, academic year 2018/19. AAA+ pool includes equivalent Scottish qualifications. See note on HESA data for full citation.

For further information on all Oxford's admissions statistics, including by course and by college, please read the Annual Admissions Statistical Report.

You may also be interested to see detailed statistics relating to disability.

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