The BBC is reporting that UCAS applications from students in Northern Ireland has dropped by 5%.
By January 2017, there were 19,470 university applicants. This compared to 20,400 by the same period in 2016.
However, the proportion of 18-year-old NI university applicants remains the highest in the UK. Almost half of 18-year-olds in Northern Ireland (47.5%) have applied to start a university course this autumn.
That contrasts with 37% in England, 33% in Scotland and 32% in Wales. The main percentage falls in university application rates in Northern Ireland have been among older students.
Although the numbers involved are relatively small, there has been a 21% decrease in 2017 in the numbers of 25-29 year-old applicants.
Among the over-30s there has been a 12% decline in applications. The Ucas admissions figures reflect the January application deadline for university courses starting in September 2017.
They also show that many more women apply to university in Northern Ireland than men.
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