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University welcomes highest number of new students

Student intake 2016-17

Over 4200 undergraduate students joined the University of Reading this week.

‘The latest intake confirms that as a university in the top 1% of the world we are able to attract more high-quality applications than ever before from around the world.’ Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell

Over 4200 undergraduate students joined the University of Reading this week, becoming our largest recorded student intake to date. 

The latest intake of students sees a year-on-year increase of 7% on 2015, and “bucks the trend” of a 1% sector growth for those accepted to UK HE so far this year. The University has accepted a total of 4240 undergraduates, 300 more than 2015, and saw a record increase in the number of high quality students enter through clearing and adjustment.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said:

“I am delighted to see the University of Reading bucking national trends with a record high intake. We have now enjoyed a record-breaking run at Reading for the last two years in both applications and admissions which has exceeded our own targets.

“Against the uncertainty of Brexit, the outlook for Reading is good. We have, and will always have, global ambitions and an international outlook. The latest intake confirms that as a university in the top 1% of the world we are able to attract more high-quality applications than ever before from around the world.

“I want to pay tribute to staff across the University who have worked so hard to exceed our target this year.” 

School of Architecture welcomes first cohort 

Amongst our new starters, the new School of Architecture welcomed its first cohort of 40 students, after receiving 234 applications.

Sir David said:

"We’re extremely pleased to have broken into a competitive and established market for architecture. We received more than six applications per place for the opening year and delighted to welcome the successful students.”

"Our £3000 a year bursary rightly generated a lot of interest - but we have seen great enthusiasm to be among the first students in our exciting new school, which draws on our established strengths in construction management, built environment and real estate.”

Strongest ever Clearing period

More than 450 of the undergraduates who started this week were recruited in the strongest ever clearing period. 

Reading saw 74% growth in offers through clearing and adjustment recruitment compared to 2015, as compared to just 3% sector growth.

The University invested in an expanded Clearing and Adjustment hotline, with calls being answered by over 40 trained staff and student helpers and coupled with a new streamlined, faster process for making offers during an applicant’s first call to the hotline.

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