New Ucas statistics reveal almost 98,000 more women than men had applied by the end of last month to start degree courses this autumn. The Independent reports.
The figures are likely to spark fresh debate about why there is a gender divide.
Overall, 367,300 women, of all ages, had applied to university by 30 June – the last deadline for applications.
In comparison, there were 269,660 male applicants – a gap of 97,640 students.
But the number of EU applicants has risen by 2 per cent to 50,130, and a record 75,380 students from countries outside the EU have submitted applications – up 6 per cent on last year.
The data also shows that despite a 2.3 per cent fall in the 18-year-old population in England, students are more likely to apply than ever before.
Clare Marchant, Ucas chief executive, said: “Today’s numbers confirm the enduring appeal of the full-time degree experience in its own right and as a gateway to a fulfilling career.
“The significant increases in applications from EU and international students demonstrate the continuing popularity of UK higher education.”
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