The number of Scottish domiciled students offered a place at Scottish universities is at a record high, up 10% to 31,070.
University application service UCAS data shows the number of acceptances from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland to UK universities also increased by 7% to 4,700, also a record high.
Meanwhile, the number of acceptances to Scottish universities from applicants based in EU countries has decreased by 56%, as Brexit takes effect.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“Congratulations to everyone who has secured a place at university after what has been an extremely challenging year.
“I am particularly pleased with the 7% increase in people from the most deprived areas in North Ayrshire and Scotland getting into uni. Sometimes they are the first in the family with the grades, drive and confidence to apply, and that's a significant achievement.
“In the SNP, we want every young person in Scotland to have an equal chance of success. This is why we will always ensure our young people don’t have to pay fees to go to university or college, and why we encourage employers to play apprentices the living wage.”
The SQA’s appeals process is now open.
The clearing process is also now live and places are still available for those who want to study in Scotland.
All comparisons included above are to SQA results day last year.