More and more students are making Kingston their first-choice destination this year, according to latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications to study at the University from September are up by 33.2 per cent from 18,668 to almost 25,000. Only Bolton, the countryâ€™s newest university, has recorded a higher increase than Kingston.
UK Marketing Manager Anthony Allen said the University was finding favour among applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. â€œKingston has an excellent teaching record and produces some of the best-paid graduates in the country,â€ he said. â€œOur portfolio of courses is broader than ever and the University has become more attractive to a greater number of students as a result.â€ Mr Allen highlighted an increase in applications to Kingstonâ€™s two-year foundation degree programmes, which he said where proving popular with employers and students alike.
First year journalism student Christina White said Kingstonâ€™s location was a strong selling point. â€œI want to carve out a career for myself in the media and London is at the very heart of the industry,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m from nearby Croydon so I also wanted to attend a local university while continuing to live at home. From my point of view, Kingston is the only place to be.â€
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Scott welcomed the UCAS findings, which were highlighted in the national press. â€œThese figures underline once again just how popular Kingston is with potential students. Applications to Kingston have been on a sharply rising curve for a number of years,â€ Professor Scott said.