50% of people from our region decided to stay in the North East to study for a degree in the year universities could put up tuition fees.
Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency also show Biological Sciences and degrees related to medicine were the most popular course choices in 2012/13.
In total 1200 fewer people from the North East took up university places in 2012 than the year before.
Out of the 12,405 who decided to study, nearly 8,000 opted to attend a higher education establishment in the North East.
In September 2012 universities in England could raise tuition fees to up to £9,000 per year.
UCAS figures do suggest that applications have bounced back this year.