Northern Ireland applicants for university places fall 4% from last year
There has been a 4% drop in the number of people from Northern Ireland applying to attend university.
Some 20,290 people from the province have applied to go to university this year, down from 21,110 in 2016.
Of these 11,590 are women and 8,700 are men, down from 11,980 women and 9,130 men last year.
The UK-wide figure also saw a 4% drop, according to new figures released today by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), which relate to the number of applicants by the June 30 deadline.
There have been reductions across the UK: 437,860 from England (a decrease of 5% on 2016); 48,940 from Scotland (down 1% on 2016); and 22,530 from Wales (down 5% on 2016).
UCAS director Dr Mark Corver said: "With the main application period at an end, the total numbers applying are down 25,000 on last year. The decrease in applicants is driven by falls from England, Wales and the EU, but applicants from other overseas countries are up 2%.
"Within the UK, older applicants are down, but applicants from the key 18-year-old age group have increased."
The numbers are set to increase in the next six weeks as applicants get results and secure places and new applicants apply direct to UCAS' clearing process.