Almost 100,000 more women than men applied to UK universities

by Dilip Patel

The gulf between the numbers of men and women applying to university has widened, official figures show.

New Ucas statistics reveal almost 98,000 more women than men had applied by the end of last month to start degree courses this autumn.

The figures are likely to spark fresh debate about why there is a gender divide.

The gap has closed slightly since 2016 when there was a gulf of 103,910.

But it has widened compared to five years ago (2013) when there were 86,630 more female applicants than male.

Students who wish to apply after 30 June do so through clearing, the annual process that matches applicants with courses that still have places.

The overall statistics show that as of this point, 636,960 students had applied to start degrees this autumn, down 2 percent in 2017.

There were 511,460 UK applicants, down 3 percent on last year, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all seeing falls.

But the number of EU applicants has risen by 2 percent to 50,130, and a record 75,380 students from countries outside the EU have submitted applications – up 6 percent on last year.

The figures follow trends seen in January when the first application figures for this year were published.

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