Leicester’s success in attracting undergraduate students saw it emerge fourth strongest amongst traditional universities for the percentage change in the number of applications it received for 2008 entry.
The University had the fourth best performance from amongst 57 pre-92 traditional universities and 17th overall according to figures released by UCAS.
Leicester was top in Leicestershire and among the leading universities in the Midlands- ahead of Oxford, Warwick, Birmingham and Nottingham.
Leicester received 15, 659 applications –a drop of just 0.5% on the previous year and a real terms increase of 15% when adjusted for the reduction in choices on the UCAS form this year.
Richard Taylor, Director of the Division of Marketing and Corporate Communications, said: “Leicester’s excellent credentials in teaching and research and its strong track record of attracting the brightest students are borne out by these results.
“This is a tremendous success and reflects the hard work put in across the University. In this the 50th anniversary year, Leicester has much to celebrate – not least our outstanding record of recruitment.”
The latest figures from UCAS show a continued rise in the number of university applicants.
As of 15 January, the date by which applicants should apply to be given equal consideration, there were 430,489 people applying for a full-time undergraduate course at UK universities and colleges - a rise of 8.9% or 35,182.
The top five subject choices remain the same at this point in the year as last year with some small changes in order. Law by area remains top, pre-clinical medicine climbs from third to second, psychology falls to third and English studies and management studies swap places and are now fourth and fifth respectively.
For 2008 entry, the maximum number of course choices that an applicant can make has changed from six to five.
Source: By University Of Leicester