Entry rates into higher education
1. Main facts and figures
in 2019, White pupils had the lowest entry rate into higher education (the percentage of state school pupils aged 18 years accepted into higher education)
in every year from 2007 to 2019, White pupils had the lowest entry rate into higher education
pupils from the Chinese ethnic group had the highest entry rate into higher education during the same period
entry rates in 2019 were higher for all ethnic groups compared with rates in 2006
the entry rates for all ethnic groups increased in 2019 compared with 2018
The ethnic categories used in this data
Data is shown for the following 6 ethnic groups to make sure the estimates are reliable:
- White (including White ethnic minorities)
2. By ethnicity
Summary of Entry rates into higher education By ethnicity Summary
Higher education entry rates are estimates. They are calculated by linking UCAS admissions data with pupil data contained in the:
The method used to link the school and UCAS data requires a full match across a range of identifying details to UCAS applicants who live in England.
The published entry rates are lower than the real value because they don’t include ambiguous matches.
The Department for Education does not have access to the individual-level UCAS data used to calculate the entry rates.
Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal place.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
Purpose of data source
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) End of Cycle Report provides data about participation and progression in higher education admissions.
5. Download the data
This file includes the following variables: measure, time, time_type, ethnicity, ethnicity_type, geography, value and value_type.