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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 total number of undergraduate places available annually at Oxford has risen only slightly to just over 3,300.

  • Overall application numbers have risen annually, and by 23.1% since 2014.

Overall applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, all domiciles, 2014–2018

 ApplicationsOffersStudents admitted
201821,5153,8403,309
201719,9383,7713,270
201619,1443,7513,262
201518,3773,6633,216
201417,4843,5653,161

Courses with the highest number of applicants per place (all domiciles, three-year total 2016–2018)

CourseNumber of applicants per place
Economics & Management15.3
Computer Science14.2
Medicine10.7
Biomedical Sciences9.8
Maths & Computer Science8.4
History & Politics8.2
PPE*8.2
Mathematics 7.8
Law**7.7
Physics6.7
*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 (2018 UK intake)

(A-level bands are based on results data obtained from UCAS and include results from the 2018 and 2017 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 half of applicants and almost 90% of admitted students achieve A*AA or better at A-level.
  • More than 40% of admitted students achieve three A* grades or better at A-level.

A-level grade profile of UK-domiciled students

Breakdown by Domicile

  • The largest increase in applications has been from students outside the EU.
  • 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 UK students has fallen from 81.8% to 77.7% since 2014.
  • 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, 2014–2018

UK StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
201813,0132,9602,57060.5%77.7%
201712,5832,9282,54763.1%77.9%
201612,1932,9892,63063.7%80.6%
201511,7292,8912,59963.8%80.8%
201411,4182,8722,58565.3%81.8%
EU StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
20182,68730727312.5%8.3%
20172,43130227312.2%8.3%
20162,41726323412.6%7.2%
20152,16923721711.8%6.7%
20141,95322619911.2%6.3%
Non-EU StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
20185,81557346627.0%14.1%
20174,92454145024.7%13.8%
20164,53449939823.7%12.2%
20154,47953540024.4%12.4%
20144,11346737723.5%11.9%

Countries/regions with the highest number of applications and students admitted to Oxford, three-year total 2016–2018

Country/region of domicileApplications
UK37,789
PR China3,120
USA1,976
Singapore1,395
Hong Kong (SAR)1,239
Germany1,235
India951
Poland773
France752
Italy728
Malaysia717
Country/region of domicileStudents admitted
UK7,747
PR China320
Singapore206
USA168
Hong Kong (SAR)134
Germany128
Romania106
Poland103
France57
Korea (South)57
Italy52

Context

UK universities by domicile of students

UK universities by domicile of students

*Most recent available national data covers 2016 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, undergraduate students, academic year 2016/17. 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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