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Which universities are the easiest to get into?

New UCAS data shows that some universities offer places to over 90% of those who apply - but less than a quarter of Oxford applicants get an offer.

easiest universities to get into

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The fact that the application processes for some universities are more competitive than others is nothing new. Oxford and Cambridge are crazy hard to get into, and the lower down you go in the league tables, the easier it gets - or so you might think.

We've crunched the numbers to reveal the percentage of students who receive an offer after applying to each university in the UK, proving once and for all which unis are the toughest nuts to crack.

Use the table below to see the offer rate for each uni - there are some surprises in there...

Which unis have the highest offer rate?

Something which definitely won't come as a surprise is the fact that Oxford and Cambridge have landed the top two spots for most difficult unis to get into - with Oxford offering places to less than a quarter of those who apply.

The average student who gets into Oxford has a whopping 217 UCAS points (equivalent to three A*s and one A at A Level), so it's clear they're going for the best of the best.

In some cases offer rates are low because universities have very limited places or cater to a niche subject area - as is the case with the University of the Arts London and Leeds Arts University, which are two of only a few specialist arts universities in the UK.

But some of the best and most prestigious universities in the UK have higher offer rates than you'd expect - Durham offers places to 70% of those who apply, while Warwick gives offers to nearly three quarters of applicants.

Aberystwyth, Portsmouth and Lancaster have some of the highest offer rates - Aberystwyth offers places to a whopping 96.1% of those who apply!

Of course offer rates will also be hugely affected by the popularity of a university - the more popular it is, the more applications it'll receive, making places more competitive and offer rates lower. It's not all about grades and entry requirements.

Taking all universities into consideration, the average offer rate is 69.57%, but use the table below to see how each university compares.

This data shows the offer rates for 2017/18 undergraduate applications across all age groups (not just 18-year-olds).

RankingUniversityOffer rate
1Oxford University23.00%
2University of Cambridge30.70%
3St Georges University of London32.50%
4London School of Economics and Political Sci (UOL)32.80%
5University of the Arts London35.00%
6Imperial College London39.40%
7The University of Edinburgh40.90%
8Leeds Arts University42.30%
9The University of Strathclyde45.10%
10University of St Andrews45.40%
11University of London47.90%
12University of Dundee49.90%
13Queen Margaret University Edinburgh50.60%
14Glasgow Caledonian University50.90%
15London South Bank University51.40%
16The University of West London52.70%
17Edinburgh Napier University54.00%
18Kings College London (University of London)54.60%
20UCL (University College London)55.70%
21The University of Stirling55.80%
22Arts University Bournemouth56.10%
23University of the West of Scotland56.20%
24University of Glasgow57.30%
25University of Greenwich57.80%
26Anglia Ruskin University57.90%
27University of the Highlands and Islands58.60%
28Birmingham City University60.60%
29Falmouth University60.80%
30Middlesex University60.80%
31The University of Manchester60.90%
32University of Surrey61.50%
33Kingston University62.10%
34Goldsmiths University of London62.20%
35University of Bolton63.30%
36Plymouth College of Art63.60%
37University of Suffolk63.60%
38Harper Adams University63.80%
39The University of Essex64.20%
40The University of Aberdeen65.10%
41University of Leeds65.10%
42University of Hertfordshire65.70%
43Edge Hill University66.10%
44University of Bristol66.50%
45Queen Mary University of London66.90%
46University of Southampton67.40%
47Norwich University Of The Arts67.70%
48The University of Salford67.90%
49University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)68.30%
50Bournemouth University68.40%
51Brunel University London69.00%
52Bristol University of the West of England (UWE)69.30%
53Teesside University69.50%
54Cardiff University69.60%
55Sheffield Hallam University70.10%
56Durham University70.20%
57University for the Creative Arts (UCA)70.40%
58The Manchester Metropolitan University70.40%
59Buckinghamshire New University70.60%
60University of Brighton70.90%
61Coventry University71.30%
62Keele University71.40%
63University of East London (UEL)71.50%
64London Metropolitan University71.50%
65University of Northampton71.50%
66Glyndwr University Wrexham71.70%
67University of Chichester72.00%
68Robert Gordon University72.40%
69SOAS University of London72.40%
70University of Bedfordshire72.50%
71Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)72.60%
72University of Birmingham72.80%
73Leeds Beckett University72.90%
74Loughborough University72.90%
75Canterbury Christ Church University73.00%
76The University of Nottingham73.00%
77The University of Bradford73.50%
78University of East Anglia (UEA)73.50%
79The University of Huddersfield73.70%
80Oxford Brookes University73.70%
81Queens University Belfast73.70%
82University of Bath73.90%
83The University of Warwick74.30%
84University of Westminster London74.30%
85De Montfort University74.90%
86Staffordshire University74.90%
87University of South Wales74.90%
88University of Cumbria75.60%
89University of Chester75.70%
90Aston University Birmingham76.30%
91University of York76.70%
92The University of Sheffield76.80%
93Northumbria University78.20%
94Ulster University78.50%
95University of Derby78.60%
96Plymouth University78.70%
97Swansea University78.90%
98University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)79.30%
99Newcastle University79.70%
100The University of Liverpool80.00%
101University of Sunderland80.10%
102University of Leicester80.20%
103University of Worcester81.00%
104Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh81.20%
105The University of Hull81.30%
106York St John University81.80%
107The University of Kent82.30%
108Cardiff Metropolitan University82.80%
109Nottingham Trent University82.90%
110Bishop Grosseteste University83.30%
111Abertay University83.40%
112Bath Spa University83.40%
113Leeds Trinity University84.00%
114The University of Gloucestershire84.20%
115Liverpool Hope University84.50%
116Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)84.90%
117St Marys University Twickenham London85.00%
118Royal Holloway University of London85.20%
119University of Exeter85.30%
120University of Wolverhampton85.70%
121University of Sussex85.80%
122University of Lincoln86.00%
123Lancaster University86.20%
124University of Portsmouth86.50%
125University of Reading86.70%
126Southampton Solent University86.90%
127Bangor University87.70%
128Newman University Birmingham88.60%
129University of Winchester89.30%
130University of Roehampton90.50%
131University College Birmingham93.50%
132Aberystwyth University96.10%

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