A record number of Scots were accepted to a UK university in 2017, figures published today show.
Over 36,500 Scottish domiciled applicants accepted a place for this academic year – an increase of over 850 or 2.4%.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland all saw a decrease in the number of their residents accepted to university.
The figures were released by Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in their first End of Cycle Report 2017. It also shows a record number of all applicants accepted to Scottish higher education institutions in 2017, up 1.7%.
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“It is great to see that Scotland broke record numbers for the second consecutive year with even more prospective students securing a place at university. Meanwhile, acceptances in the rest of the UK decreased for a second year.
“This is also another record year for Scotland’s universities, with the highest ever number of applicants accepted to study here.
“Clearly, the fact that in Scotland there are no university tuition fees – introduced by Labour and continued by the Tories and Lib Dems – whereas they are £9,250 a year in England has made a significant difference.
“It shows that our education system is supporting an increasing number of people to access higher education giving them the skills they need to succeed.”
The UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report 2017, Applicants and acceptances can be found here.