Record number of Oxbridge applicants for 2013 intake

Victoria Akinsowon 4 November 2013

It has been revealed that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have experienced a record surge in applications this year. More than 16,500 applications have been made to the University of Cambridge – an increase of almost 4 per cent since last year and the highest figure in the University’s history since its records began.

The University of Oxford faced a similar rise with 17,480 applications received this year, an increase of approximately 1.5 per cent.

Furthermore, statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) revealed an overall rise in applications made for Medicine, Dentistry, and veterinary courses in addition to Oxbridge, for which the deadline is 15 October. A total of 58,200 applications were received this year, up by just over 1 per cent from last year.

Closer analysis reveals the increase is driven in part by a rise in applications from foreign students, with a combined total of 17,460 applications from both EU and non-EU overseas students submitted.

One second year student at Robinson told The Cambridge Student, “I think the increase in applications is partly because of the rise in tuition fees. Students want more for their money, and being two of the top universities in the country… Oxbridge reflects this.”

However, it is not clear that an increase in Oxbridge applications has been accompanied by a fall in applications to other universities.

In response to the figures, Dr Mike Sewell, Director of Admissions for Cambridge, cited the University’s commitment to “evidence-based admissions decisions” as a key reason behind the rise, which ensures that applications are accepted “based on academic factors alone”.

Jack Nicholson, first year, stated, “It felt more like me versus the interviewers rather than me versus the other applicants.”