Undergraduate applications have risen by 60 percent over two years, the university has announced.
Applications have risen by 25 percent this year on top of a rise of over 30 percent last year. In December the university had received more than 14,100 applications compared to 11,600 at this point last year and 8,800 the year before.
The number of applications from overseas has grown even more substantially by 58 percent. This includes a large number of applications from China which the university have made a priority in recent years.
Interest in the University of Sussex is five times greater than the national average which stands at five percent. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Clare Mackie, said: “This is an extremely positive picture for Sussex.”
“This shows the effects of attention to the student experience, and the consequent increases in our National Student Survey results, combined with the development of new programmes.”
“It is important that we continue to work to attract students, as we have not yet reached the first UCAS deadline of 15 January. But these latest data are very encouraging.”
The most dramatic rises in applications have been seen in Business, Economics, Physics, Biochemistry, Politics, Informatics and International Development.
If this trend continues then it is believed that Sussex could receive more applications than at any other point in its history
The Students’ Union has raised concerns about the sharp rise in applications. They have released a statement saying:
“We are concerned at the sudden spike in Undergraduate applications for the academic year 2011-12. While it is encouraging that even more students want to study at Sussex, we should be conscious that this rise must be largely attributed to prospective students seizing this final opportunity to receive a publicly funded University degree.”
“We also worry for all those who, despite academic potential, will be turned away due to this increase in both fees and applications. It is appalling that this year so many students will be refused access to Higher Education and next year the rise in tuition fees and the prospect of debt will put so many off.”
“The Students’ Union continues to lobby the University to increase access to scholarships and bursaries, maintain affordable accommodation on campus and do whatever possible to offset the government’s regressive policy.”