THE number of students accepted by Swansea University jumped by a quarter last year.
Welsh Government figures show the number of students accepted by Welsh universities last year increased by almost 6 per cent, with Swansea and Cardiff universities, two of the biggest in Wales, accepting the most students for entry in September.
Acceptances at Swansea University jumped from 2,845 to 3,590, or 26 per cent, in 2012, while Cardiff recorded an 8 per cent rise from 5,565 in 2012 to 6,035 in 2013.
The majority of Wales’ higher education institutions also recorded an increase in student numbers, with 25,511 students being accepted on to full-time degree and higher national diploma courses in Wales in September 2013.
The figures represent a 5.7 per cent rise on 2012 entry, and an increase of 37.7 per cent, compared to 2000. The majority, 52.4 per cent, were women.
The statistics were based on data provided by the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (Ucas).
They also show a 9.4 per cent rise in the number of English students being accepted by Welsh universities.
According to the Welsh Government, 41 per cent of accepted applicants to Welsh institutions were from England, of which 28 per cent were from the south-west and 20 per cent from the south-east. Ten per cent of accepted applicants came from overseas, of which 60 per cent were from non-EU countries, while the majority, 78 per cent, of applicants accepted by Welsh institutions were aged under 21.