press release
Published: 04 February 2016

University of Surrey receives record number of UCAS applications

The University of Surrey has received the highest number of UCAS applications in its history, with a 24 per cent increase in applications since last year. 


Its strong performance bucks the trend of the broader higher education sector, which has seen application growth stay relatively flat over the past 12 months.

The top five undergraduate degrees with the sharpest rise in applications since last year include: English (74 per cent), Economics (66 per cent), Business (62 per cent), Computer Science (58 per cent) and Biochemical Sciences (57 per cent).

Applications for postgraduate degrees have also increased, having risen 65 per cent since this time last year.

Dr David Ashton, Vice-President and Registrar at the University of Surrey, commented: “This record year for the University is underpinned by the strength of our academic programme, our exceptional rate of graduate employability[1] and the satisfaction of our students[2]. It follows four consecutive years of growth and enables us to raise both the quality and intake of our students.

“We have invested considerably in our teaching and research offering over the past year, having launched a world-leading 5G Innovation Centre, opened a new School of Veterinary Medicine and begun building a £10 million Engineering for Health Learning Laboratory, due to open later this year. This latest rise in applications for degrees such as Computer Science and Biochemical Engineering suggests we have made the right decision and are attracting students with an appetite to study innovative courses in cutting edge facilities.”

The rise in applications follows a strong year for the University of Surrey, having been named University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times, both overall and for ‘Student Experience’ and achieved a top ten ranking in all three major national university league tables.

[1] The University of Surrey is ranked second for graduate employability according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), with 96.9 per cent of Surrey’s 2014 graduates in work (or further education) six months after graduation

[2] The University of Surrey was named fifth for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey, with 92 per cent student satisfaction

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