Overall Numbers, including Domicile

This page presents information on Oxford’s overall application numbers, as well as the domicile of Oxford’s applicants, offer holders and admitted students. 

A student’s domicile refers to their country of permanent residence, as provided on their UCAS application. This is not necessarily their nationality, but it is the country where they usually live. For example, ‘UK-domiciled students’ includes students with non-British nationality who are permanently resident in the UK (not just here for the purposes of education). It does not include UK students who live permanently outside the UK.

Overall numbers

  • The number of students admitted in 2020 was higher than usual following the exceptional arrangements for awarding A-levels and other qualifications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Overall application numbers have risen annually, and by 22.2% since 2016.

Overall applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, all domiciles, 2016–2020

 ApplicationsOffersStudents admitted
202023,4143,9323,695
201923,0263,8953,286
201821,5163,8413,310
201719,9533,7863,285
201619,1643,7713,282

Courses with the highest number of applicants per place (all domiciles, three-year total 2018–2020)

CourseNumber of applicants per place
Economics & Management16.9
Computer Science16.1
Medicine11.0
Maths & Computer Science10.6
Biomedical Sciences10.1
PPE*9.2
History & Politics9.2
Mathematics 9.1
Physics8.0
Law**8.0
*Philosophy, Politics and Economics
**Including Law/Law with Studies in Europe 

A-level grade profile of UK-domiciled students applying to, receiving offers from and being admitted to Oxford (2020 UK intake)

(A-level bands are based on results data obtained from UCAS and include results from the 2020 and 2019 examination rounds. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking, and candidates with fewer than three A-level results.)

  • While three A grades is Oxford’s minimum standard offer for candidates taking A-levels, many courses – particularly in the sciences – require at least one A* grade.
  • More than 70% of applicants and over 90% of admitted students were awarded A*AA or better at A-level.
  • 58.4% of admitted students achieved three A* grades or better at A-level.

Bar chart showing - Applications made: with 33.4% A*A*A* or better, 21.5% A*A*A, 17.4% A*AA, 8.4% AAA, 19.4% Other. Offers made: 57.4% A*A*A* or better, 20.9% A*A*A, 11.7% A*AA, 4.3% AAA, 5.7% Other. Students admitted: 58.4% A*A*A* or better, 20.8% A*A*A,

Breakdown by Domicile

  • Applications from UK students and non-EU students have risen, and applications from EU students have fallen.
  • UK-domiciled applicants are substantially more likely to receive an offer of a place to study at Oxford than students from outside the UK.
  • The proportion of students admitted who are from the UK has risen to 79.8%.
  • Oxford does not operate quotas or targets around the nationality or domicile of students admitted to the University. The exception is Medicine, which is subject to a government restriction on the number of students with international fee status who can be admitted each year.
  • The highest number of overseas applications and admitted students was from the People’s Republic of China.

Overall applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted by area of domicile, 2016–2020

UK StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
202014,1023,0592,95060.2%79.8%
201913,8813,0592,59060.3%78.8%
201813,0132,9602,57060.5%77.6%
201712,5962,9412,56063.1%77.9%
201612,2093,0052,64663.7%80.6%
EU StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
20202,74629226611.7%7.2%
20192,77326623412.0%7.1%
20182,68730727312.5%8.2%
20172,43130227312.2%8.3%
20162,41726323412.6%7.1%
Non-EU StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
20206,56658147928.0%13.0%
20196,37257046227.7%14.1%
20185,81657446727.0%14.1%
20174,92654345224.7%13.8%
20164,53850340223.7%12.2%

Countries with the highest number of applications and students admitted to Oxford, three-year total 2018–2020

Country/Region of domicileApplications
UK40,996
PR China4,900
USA2,376
Singapore1,515
Hong Kong (SAR)1,345
India1,345
Germany1,220
Poland1,011
France815
Malaysia772
Canada724
Country/Region of domicileStudents admitted
UK8,110
PR China425
Singapore187
USA184
Hong Kong (SAR)152
Poland127
Romania123
Germany102
Korea (South)54
Australia49
India47

Context

UK universities by domicile of students

Bar chart showing - All UK universities (2018 intake)*: UK 83.1%, EU 5.8%, NON-EU 11.1%. Russell Group (2018 intake)*: UK 74.2%, EU 7.0%, NON-EU 18.8%. Oxford University (2020 intake): UK 79.8%, EU 7.2%, NON-EU 13.0%.

*Most recent available national data covers 2018 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, undergraduate students, academic year 2018/19. Excludes those of unknown domicile. 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 nationality and domicile and information on the qualifications of our applicants.

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