MORE students than ever before could be heading to Huddersfield University.
A record 22,000 have listed Huddersfield as one of their five choices for the new term in September, a 13% rise on last year.
That puts Huddersfield well ahead of the national average. Applications to UK universities and colleges have risen by 9.1% compared with the same point last year, says the University and College Admissions Service (Ucas).
Some 540,108 people have applied to start full-time undergraduate courses in the autumn.
This is up from 494,842 on the same time last year.
These figures include nursing and midwifery diploma courses for the first time because the admissions service for these courses have been incorporated into the main Ucas scheme.
Huddersfield – which has more than 23,000 students – has also seen a big increase in applications from overseas.
The number asking to come to Huddersfield has risen by 16%.
University spokesman John Ramsdin said: “It is excellent news for Huddersfield and means we are very close to achieving the aim of our vice-chancellor, Prof Bob Cryan, who wants to establish Huddersfield in the Top 40 in the country.
“To do that we need to reach 24,000 students and we are now very close.’’