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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 remained broadly steady for many years, at around 3,200 each year.

  • Overall application numbers have risen annually, and by 15.8% since 2013.

Overall applications to Oxford, offers made and students admitted, all domiciles, 2013–2017

 ApplicationsOffersStudents admitted
201719,9383,7713,270
201619,1443,7513,262
201518,3773,6633,216
201417,4843,5653,161
201317,2163,5443,201

Courses with the highest number of applicants per place (all domiciles, three-year total 2015–2017), based on 25 largest courses

CourseNumber of applicants per place
Economics & Management14.2
Computer Science12.3
Medicine10.2
Biomedical Sciences9.1
History & Politics7.9
PPE*7.5
Law** 7.4
Mathematics7.0
Physics6.2
Biochemistry5.8
*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 (2017 UK intake)

(A-level bands are based on results data obtained from UCAS and include results from the 2017 and 2016 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.

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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 82.6% to 77.9% since 2013.
  • 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, 2013–2017

UK StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
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%
201311,5562,8632,64567.1%82.6%
EU StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
20172,43130227312.2%8.3%
20162,41726323412.6%7.2%
20152,16923721711.8%6.7%
20141,95322619911.2%6.3%
20131,95020418011.3%5.6%
Non-EU StudentsApplicationsOffersStudents admittedProportion of
total applicants
Proportion of total
students admitted
20174,92454145024.7%13.8%
20164,53449939823.7%12.2%
20154,47953540024.4%12.4%
20144,11346737723.5%11.9%
20133,71047737621.5%11.7%

Countries with the highest number of applications and students admitted to Oxford, three-year total 2015–2017

Country of domicileApplications
UK36,505
PR China2,644
USA1,781
Singapore1,381
Germany1,111
Hong Kong (SAR)1,102
India830
France711
Poland706
Malaysia699
Italy696
Country of domicileStudents admitted
UK7,776
PR China267
Singapore207
USA136
Hong Kong (SAR)135
Germany116
Romania94
Poland87
France64
Australia59
Italy55

Context

UK universities by domicile of students

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*Most recent available national data covers 2015 intake: defined as first-year, first-degree, undergraduate students, academic year 2015/16. 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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