Oxbridge applications highest since records began

Record numbers of students have applied to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge revealed that it received more than 16,500 applications for 2014/2015, the highest number since records began and a rise of around four per cent compared to applications for the previous year.

The university cited its engagement with schools and young people as the reason for this rise and said that 2013 had marked its most extensive outreach programme ever.

Mike Sewell, director of admissions for the Cambridge colleges, said: “It is great to see a record number of students who feel confident that they will be competitive applicants to Cambridge. Cambridge is committed to evidence-based admissions decisions, which take into account a student’s most recent exam results.

“Our applicants know that their applications will be assessed fairly on their track record, and that places will be won based on academic factors alone.”

The University of Oxford stated that undergraduate applications numbered 17,480, a rise of just over 250 when compared to applications for 2013/14.

The University of Oxford was found to be the second-most highly rated place to study law this year, after University College London, by The Guardian University Guide. The University of Cambridge was rated as having the fourth-best law school nationwide (5 June 2013).