Increase in number of applicants to higher education 

For autumn 2019, 126 000 people without previous higher education studies applied to higher education institutions. This is a three percent increase compared to the previous autumn when the figure was 122 000. Among those applying who had no previous higher education, 59 percent were women and 41 percent were men.

Of the applicants without previous higher education studies, 21 percent were 19 years old in autumn 2019, which was a decrease of one percentage point com-pared to the previous autumn. Those aged 22-25 made up the largest age group, with 22 percent of the applicants without previous higher education studies. The number of applicants in relation to the same-age population as a whole de-creased among those aged 19 and 20 since autumn 2018, but increased some-what among 21-year-olds and 30-34-year-olds.

In addition to applicants without previous higher education, there is a large number of applicants who have already studied at one or more higher education institutions. A total of 430 000 persons applied to programmes and courses at higher education institutions in autumn 2019, which was a six percent increase compared to the autumn of 2018. Out of the total number of applicants, 63 per-cent were women and 37 percent were men.

Increased number of admissions of persons without previous higher education

Up until the end of August 2019, 57 000 persons without previous higher edu-cation were admitted, which was an increase of three percent compared to the previous autumn. Of those admitted, 56 percent were women and 44 percent men.

A total of 262 000 applicants to programmes and courses were admitted in the autumn of 2019, which was an increase of seven percent compared to the previ-ous autumn.

Same proportion of admissions compared to the previous autumn

Of applicants without previous higher education studies, 45 percent were admit-ted in autumn 2019, which is no change from the previous autumn. Between 2000 and 2011 the proportion of applicants varied but constantly exceeded 50 percent and was as high as 57 percent in 2001. After 2011 the proportion of ap-plicants admitted decreased until 2016 when it was 42 percent. Since then it has Universitetskanslersämbetet och SCB 103 UF 46 SM 1901

increased somewhat. The proportion of persons admitted to their first choice of programme out of the total number of those admitted to programmes increased to 65 percent in 2019, from 62 percent the previous autumn, for people without previous higher education.

Proportion of admitted still higher among men

The proportion of admitted of the applicants without previous higher education for autumn 2019 was 48 percent among men and 43 percent among women. Since 1998 the proportion has been higher for men than for women. One reason for this is that women to a greater extent apply for educations in health care and nursing, social care, which are more competitive, whereas men to a greater ex-tent apply for education in engineering and manufacturing, where there is gen-erally fewer qualified applicants per admitted student. The proportion of per-sons admitted to their first choice of programme out of the total number of those admitted to programmes was somewhat higher among women, with 66 percent, compared to 64 percent among men, for people without previous higher educa-tion.

Applicants to programmes leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and teacher training programmes increase

Of the 164 200 qualified first-choice applicants to programmes, 16 300 persons applied to a teacher training programme (pre-school education, primary educa-tion, secondary education and vocational education programmes), which was a two percent increase compared to the previous autumn. Between autumn 2012 and autumn 2016, the number of qualified first-choice applicants to the teacher training programmes increased from 12 600 to 17 800. The number then de-creased to 16 000 between the autumn of 2016 and the autumn of 2018. The number of qualified first-choice applicants to programmes leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing was 7 200 in the autumn of 2019. The previ-ous autumn the number was 6 900, which means the number of applicants has increased by four percent. The number of qualified first-choice applicants to programmes leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing was at its highest in the autumn of 2015, with 8 900 applicants. The number of applicants to programmes leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing also in-creased between the autumn of 2018 and the autumn of 2019, by six percent, from 5 400 to 5 800.

The single professional qualification with the highest number of qualified first-choice applicants autumn 2019 was the Master of Science in Engineering, which had 12 400 first-choice applicants. It was followed by programmes lead-ing to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing with 7 200 and programmes leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work with 6 800. Pro-grammes can also be classified by specialisation. Programmes specialising in social sciences, law, commerce, administration had the highest number of quali-fied first-choice applicants (49 700) followed by health care and nursing, social care (37 300), engineering and manufacturing (25 200) as well as teaching methods and teacher education (20 400).

Greatest competition for places in psychology and medicine programmes

Among professional qualification programmes with at least 100 admitted appli-cants, the programmes that had the largest number of qualified first-choice ap-plicants per admitted student were psychology (9,6 qualified first-choice appli-cants per admitted student), medicine (5,3), veterinary medicine (5,2), architec-ture (4,7) and law (4,5). The competition for places in the physiotherapy pro-grammes decreased since the previous autumn, from 4,6 to 4,3 qualified first-choice applicants per admitted student.

Grouping the programmes by specialisation, the ones for which there was the greatest competition among applicants were oriented towards agriculture and forestry, veterinary medicine (3,0 qualified first-choice applicants per admitted student). Somewhat lower competition had programmes with the orientations health care and nursing, social care (2,5) and social sciences, law, commerce, administration (2,2).