Number of new entrants and number of graduates increased

The number of higher education (HE) students aswell as higher education en-trants both increased in the academic year of 2017/18. It was the first time since the academic year of 2010/11 that the total amount of students increased. A lit-tle more than 65 000 students received qualifications, which was significantly more than the previous academic year.

Increase of higher education students and HE entrants

The number of students increased to 405 500 in the academic year of 2017/18, which was 3 300 more than the previous academic year, even if the number of students who only took freestanding courses continued to drop. 61 percent of the students 2017/18 were femlade and 39 percent were men.
The number of HE entrants – new students studying at Swedish universities and institutes of higher education – increased the previous academic year with 800 entrants in the academic year of 2017/18, making it a total of 86 700 entrants. The Swedish HE entrants, meaning new students excluding international stu-dents, increased by 100. 58 percent of the higher education entrants 2017/18 were female and 42 percent were men.

The programme for civil engineers remained the largest

The program with the most higher education entrants in the academic year of 2017/18 were the programmes towards becoming a civil engineer. The second largest programme was the nurse programme and the third largest was the subject teachers. The gender differences were huge between the programmes, at the civil engineers programmes there were 31 percent women and 69 percent men, at the nurse programmes there were 85 percent women and 15 percent men. The subject teacher programmes on the other hand there were 54 percent women and 46 percent men.

Most students at Stockholm University

In the academic year of 2017/18, the Stockholm University was the university with the most students with almost 45 000. The second and third largest univer-sities were Göteborg University and Uppsala University with around 39 000 students each.
Linnaeus University largest regarding distance studies
Linnaeus University was the largest university, in the academic year of 2017/18, only counting students who only took distance courses with around 15 100 dis-tance students. The university with the highest part (compared to the total amount) of distances students was the Mid-Sweden University where almost 66 percent of the total amount of students at the university were students only tak-ing distance courses.

Increase in number of graduates

In the academic year of 2017/18, 51 400 students graduated for the first time from Swedish higher education institutions. This was 1 400 more than in the previous academic year. Among the first-time graduates, 63 percent were women and 37 percent were men.
The total number of students who graduated was 65 600, including those who had previous qualifications. The increase since the previous academic year was 2 200 graduates. Of the total graduates, 64 percent were women and 36 percent were men.
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The number of qualifications awarded in the academic year of 2017/18 was 78 000. There is a difference between the number of qualifications awarded and the number of graduates because 12 400 qualifications were awarded to students who received more than one qualification during the academic year. The share of qualifications awarded to women were 64 percent and 36 percent were awarded to men.

More than 10 000 Master’s degrees

During the academic year of 2017/18, 17 200 students were awarded qualifica-tions requiring at least 300 credits, which corresponds to five years of full-time study. The number of qualifications awarded in the longest study programmes has increased by 14 500 since the new structure of education and qualifications was introduced in 2007. The major part of the increase is due to the introduction of master's degrees that year. During the academic year of 2017/18, 10 200 Master’s degrees were awarded. The distribution of women and men was even, with 49 percent women and 51 percent men.

Graduates are younger than ten years ago

In the academic year of 2017/18, the median age for graduates was 26.9 years. The median age was 26.9 for women and 26.7 for men. Ten years earlier, the median age of women was 28.0 and that of men was 27.3 years.
Among those who graduated for the first time at Swedish institutes of higher ed-ucation in the academic year of 2017/18, the women were younger than men were. The median age of women was 26.1 compared to 26.3 for men.

The number of double degrees decreased for the first time

During the academic year of 2017/18, 9 600 graduates were awarded both a pro-fessional qualification and a general qualification. For the first time ever such double degrees decreased despite an increase in the number of professional qualifications. More women than men received a double degree, but in relation to the total number of degrees, it was about as common for both sexes. Most of the double qualifications were awarded to students who studied nursing or engi-neering.

Percentage of qualifications awarded to international students decreased

Between the academic years of 2008/09 and 2011/12 the percentage of individ-uals coming to Sweden to study (international students) increased from 8 per-cent to 13 percent among those awarded qualifications. Since then it has fallen and was 10 percent in the academic year of 2017/18. The reason for the de-crease is the introduction of student fees for certain international students in the academic year of 2011/12. The share of international students was 14 percent among men and 8 percent among women in the academic year of 2017/18.