Surrey enjoys a record year for student applications

Friday 18 January 2013

The University of Surrey can confirm that applications for places on undergraduate courses starting in 2013 are up 38% compared to last year. The announcement comes at a time when UCAS (the organisation dealing with university applications) announces data concerning applications nationally.

The most recent figures suggest a record year for student applications for the University, even trumping applications for 2010/11 which saw a dramatic increase across the country from those wanting to avoid the change in tuition fees.

The University has had a strategy of raising entry standards over the past seven years and the average A level entry last year was ‘AAB’ across the University. Simultaneously the University has invested in world-class staff, teaching, learning and research facilities and now has one of the best student experiences in the UK, as evidenced by the National Student Survey (NSS).

Surrey courses in particularly high demand for 2013 include chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, biosciences, business, economics, English, law and politics.

Speaking of the applications to 2013, University of Surrey’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden commented: "We have seen a significant rise in numbers of those applying to our courses, which we believe is attributed to a number of factors including the quality of Surrey’s courses, an outstanding student experience, evidenced by our recent NSS scoring and a consistent rise through all the national university league tables. Surrey graduates continue to be among the most employable in the country with the latest data from HESA quoting 94.8% of our graduates entering employment or further study upon graduation. Our placement scheme and exceptionally strong links with business industry contribute to this unrivalled employment track record over the past ten years."

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Editors' Notes

Over the last few years the University has dramatically strengthened its league table position consistently across all the main university league tables, including the Guardian, The Times, and the Sunday Times.

Surrey has achieved high rankings in The Guardian University Guide 2013 with 14 out of 22 subjects in the top 20. Surrey is placed 12th overall (up from 19th) and its top subject.

The Times Higher Education Supplement ranks Surrey 15th in its 2012 Student Experience Survey, above other institutions such as Nottingham, Bath, Exeter, Kent and Sussex.

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