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14 February 2008

University of Surrey sees highest growth in applications

The publication today (14th February 2008) by the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), of undergraduate application figures to UK universities reveals that applications to the University of Surrey have increased by 11.7%, against national figures which show a 7.3% decrease.

Surrey’s 11.7% is the largest increase of any university, excluding further education and specialist colleges and builds on the 39.9% increase gained in last year’s applications. This is in the context of changes to UCAS admission procedures which mean that candidates can now express only five choices instead of six. This new system means that if there had been the same number of applicants as 2007 there would have been a 17% decrease in the number of applications across the board. Therefore in comparison with last year’s application numbers, Surrey has in fact increased by 28.7% compared with a national increase of 10.3%.

This year’s strong results continue the strong growth in applications which the University has seen. When looking at the figures for 2006 to 2008 there has been an overall total increase in applications of 55.5%.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey, Professor Christopher Snowden comments:

"This year’s figures represent a continued increase and for the second year running Surrey has seen the largest percentage increase of any university. We are delighted with the increase in applications as this reflects the hard work we have put in over the last few years, as well as our continuing commitment to quality and course expansion into disciplines such as English, Accounting and Financial Management, Film and Criminology.

"Offering a professional training year as part of the majority of our courses enables Surrey students to develop both their academic and practical skills making them highly sought after by employers and helping the University to consistently achieve one of the highest rates of graduate employment, which undoubtedly is a deciding factor for any student looking to apply to Surrey."

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