On average, six out of every 100 students drop out of their university course. This is pretty shocking.
Now, research by Debut has revealed the list of unis where you’re most likely to drop out, and also the least.
The UK universities with the lowest dropout rates (% dropped out)
- The University of Cambridge, 1%
- The University of Oxford, 1.2%
- Royal College of Music, 1.5%
- Courtauld Institute of Art, 1.6%
- The University of Bath, 1.7%
- =Royal Academy of Music, 1.7%
The UK universities with the highest dropout rates (% dropped out)
1 in 5 students drop out from London Metropolitan University; the highest in the UK.
- London Metropolitan University, 18.6%
- The University of Bolton, 15.4%
- University of Bedfordshire, 15.2%
- University of the Highlands and Islands, 14%
- University of Suffolk, 13.6%
Usmaan Qureshi, Client Success Manager from Debut advised: “Leaving an undergraduate course before completion does rule out some opportunities, but opens up many others. When we speak with candidates, they are often really surprised at the companies with opportunities that are still available to them for Higher / Degree apprenticeships,
“The apprenticeship levy has changed the landscape. Not only is there a much bigger incentive for employers to bring on apprenticeships, but the data suggests they are often much better value. Retention rates are roughly double that for graduates and often the employee can contribute positively much earlier on.”
However, there is some good news. Drop out rates have actually reduced over the last few years. We could argue that the introduction of higher university fees have put people off, but the real reason is probably a lot more complicated.
Debut explained: “Between the 2007/08 academic year and 2017/18, some universities have seen huge differences, with a number of institutions decreasing their dropout rate, while others have seen it increase,
“While the University of the Highlands and Islands has seen its dropout rate decrease by 19.1%, the University of Abertay Dundee has actually seen this increase by 7%,
“The combined figures across all universities, however, have shown a decrease over the last decade, with a dropout rate of 7.3% in the 2007/08 academic year, compared to 6.2% in 2017/18; a decline of 1.1%.”
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