Demand Unphased by Covid-19
3rd Jul 2020
Despite the ongoing uncertainty due to coronavirus, UCAS has reported a year-on-year rise in the number of undergraduates holding a firm offer to start a course this autumn.
Whilst a demographic dip means there are likely to be fewer 18-year-olds in the population this year, the number of prospective students from the UK has increased by 1% to 410,420. The number of non-EU students holding a firm offer jumped by 12% to 55,380. However, the number of EU (excluding UK) domiciled students in the same situation fell by 6% to 34,530.
More positively, the number of students choosing to accept an offer with a deferred start date has declined, resulting in fewer opting to take year out.
Whilst there is a risk that students could still withdraw their place, the numbers offer a glimmer of hope for the market, with purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) operators in particular likely to be pleased by the rise in non-EU student numbers.
Commenting on the numbers, Clare Marchant, UCAS' Chief Executive, said: "Students have made their decisions and are ready to take up the life-changing opportunities that higher education can bring."
"Today's numbers will also be welcome news for universities and colleges, and show their announcements on the blend of online and face-to-face learning most are planning to deliver have been building confidence ahead of the start of term."
"We are publishing these headline offer-acceptance statistics for the first time, to provide the clearest possible picture of students' behaviour at this moment in the application cycle."
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