Oxford University today publishes its third annual Undergraduate Admissions Report, revealing steady progress towards a more inclusive student body.
Today’s data shows that over the last five years the number of state educated students has increased from 55.6% to 62.3%. Admissions of students from the most deprived areas of the UK have increased from 8.6% to 12.2%. The number of British students of Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds has risen from 14.5% to 22.1%, with the proportion of Black students up from 2.6% in 2018 to 3.1% in 2019.
In this year’s report, detailed figures are given for undergraduate entry over the past five years, broken down by region, race, socio-economic background, gender and disability. There are also figures for every Oxford college and academic department.
Key points from the 2020 report include:
- Applying to Oxford is more competitive than ever, with 23,020 students applying for 3,300 places
- The proportion of students from state schools is now 62.3% of all UK students – at a record high after rising for the last four years
- The proportion of students of Black and Ethnic Minority stands at 22.1% of all students - up from 18.3% last year
- The proportion of Black students of Afro Caribbean and African heritage is now 3.2% of all student admissions, compared to 2.6% last year
- The proportion of Asian student admissions is also growing year on year, at 9.6% of all students admitted
- The proportion of Bangladeshi Pakistani students has also grown to 2.1% of the undergraduate student body, from 1.6% last year
- 9.4% of Oxford students admitted this year declared a disability – up from 6.9%
- For the third year in a row, female students outnumber male students, at 54.9% of the undergraduate student body
UNIQ, the University’s flagship state school access programme will run exclusively online this year, for the first time since its launch. In previous years, the initiative which supports 1,350 students annually, has been spread over two spring and summer week-long residential visits to Oxford.