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93,388 people have applied for a place in higher education this year

This year, 93,388 people have applied for a place in higher education. This is a slight decrease of 1 % compared to last year.

Jul 05, 2021

The deadline for higher education applications was 12 noon today, and this year 93,388 applicants have submitted an application. This is a decrease of 1,216 applicants compared to last year, when there was a record number of applicants. A decrease of 1%, but even so the total number of applicants is the third highest ever.  

- Last year was a special year, as the Coronavirus situation led to an exceptional number of applicants. But even though there has been a slight drop in the number of applicants this year, it is still very satisfying that so many people want to move on to higher education. Getting an education is, and always will be, one of the best investments you can make in your life. Our task as politicians is to ensure that education services are widely available throughout the country, so that the whole of Denmark can benefit from skills gained by students when they reach the end of their studies, comments the Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen.  

This year, the BA programme in Social Education is the most sought-after programme. It has received 5,644 first-priority applicants spread across the 23 institutions throughout the country that offer this study programme. The bachelor programme in Nursing has attracted the second highest number applicants. It has 4,703 first-priority applicants. The degree programme with the third highest number of applicants is medicine: It has 4,615 first-priority applicants this year.  

Facts about this year's applications

A total of 93,388 people applied for a place in higher education this year.

On 28 July at 00.01, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science will publish on www.ufm.dk the key figures from the Coordinated Enrolment System (KOT): the number of applicants, the number of admissions and the admission quotients for the various study programmes. 

In 2020, 94,604 applied for a place in higher education before the deadline of 5 July at 12:00. Of these, 69,526 were offered admission to a study programme.


For more information, please contact:

Enquiries addressed to the Minister for Higher Education and Science: the Ministry of Higher Education and Science press line:+45 7231 8181

Enquiries regarding application figures: Area Manager Tine Bjerregaard, tel.: +45 7231 8885, e-mail: tbj@ufm.dk

last modified Jul 05, 2021