Just under 15,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Iceland. This is a record number of students enrolled in the University, and the number of students enrolled in the university is almost 15 % higher than at the same time last year.
The University releases statistics over the number of students Every year at the end of October, once the deadline to drop out of courses has passed. The school had already received a record number of applications last spring, due in part to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In total, 14,992 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies at the university, compared to 13,092 last year. The economic effects of the banking collapse in 20018 also drove up enrolment numbers. However, this autumn has still seen over a thousand more students than the highest previous numbers in the years following the banking collapse. The school now has around 9,400 undergraduate students, 4,400 of which began their studies this autumn. That number also breaks previous records. There are 5,600 graduate students, 600 of whom are doctorate students.
“It’s good to know that there’s such an interest in the studies available at the University,” Rector of the University of Iceland Jón Atli Benediktsson has stated. “Such growth is challenging, but we trust in the government’s increased support to be able to support our staff and students the best we can.”
The student count is likely to grow even further as the University has already received twice the number of applications for graduate studies as they had the same time last year.