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Ucas has raised concerns about the "worrying" drop-off in men entering higher education.
The report found that among UK 18-year-olds, women were a third more likely to enter higher education than men this year.
In 2012, the entry rate fell for both men and women but the decrease for men was four times greater than for women.
The Ucas report released today shows a drop in student beginning starting university courses this year.
The reports findings highlight that;
- 53,900 fewer students started their studies this autumn, compared to last year
- Women are a third more likely to start a degree course than men
- Students who began degree courses this autumn were the first to pay tuition fees of up to £9,000
Tens of thousands fewer students started university courses this autumn following the move to triple tuition fees, it has been suggested.
Concerns were also raised about the "worrying" drop-off in men entering higher education in the Ucas report on university entry for 2012 revealed.
The report suggests that the fall was affected by fewer people deferring their degree last year so they could avoid paying newer, higher tuition fees.
Students who began degree courses this autumn were the first to pay tuition fees of up to £9,000.