Cambridge College now has fewer privately educated college students than universities akin to Bristol, Durham and St Andrews, entry figures reveal.
Cambridge has solely the ninth most privately educated consumption, the Larger Training Statistics Company figures present.
Amongst mainstream universities, Oxford has the fewest state faculty pupils.
The figures present the general proportion of state faculty pupils coming into UK universities has reached a report excessive.
Dr Sam Lucy, Cambridge’s director of admissions, mentioned her college was a “numerous place and nothing just like the rumours or typical media tales”.
“Myths persist, however employees and college students are breaking via them,” mentioned Dr Lucy.
She mentioned the proportion of state sector entrants at Cambridge had risen from 54% to about 62% in a decade.
The figures reveal there at the moment are extra state-educated pupils at Cambridge – 61.9% – than Bristol, with 61.four%.
In response, the College of Bristol has already introduced far-reaching plans to assist applicants from poorer backgrounds or who’ve been at underachieving faculties.
Bristol will make gives two grades decrease than the usual provide for candidates who’ve been at faculties within the lowest-achieving 40% for A-level outcomes.
The college’s professional vice-chancellor, Prof Judith Squires, says its outreach efforts are already making a “massively encouraging” impression, with the state faculty consumption for this 12 months rising to 64.7%.
The general UK figures, for younger, full-time entrants in 2015-16, present a brand new excessive watermark for the state faculty college consumption – nudging upwards from 89.eight% to 89.9%.
It exhibits a sluggish, regular rise of state pupils, up from 87.four% a decade earlier than.
However lots of the best universities nonetheless have excessive ranges of privately educated college students.
These embrace specialist establishments such because the Royal Agricultural College and the Royal Academy of Music – each of which have lower than half of their college students from state faculties.
Oxford College has 55.7% of pupils from state faculties – though these figures don’t embrace the latest consumption from autumn 2016, which noticed a rise.
St Andrews has 56.7% of state pupils and Durham 60.5%.
In distinction, Liverpool Hope and the College of Bolton had greater than 99% of their intakes from state faculties.
There are variations throughout the UK – with Scottish universities on common taking a barely decrease proportion of state faculty pupils (87%) than universities in England (89.eight%).
Wales has extra state faculty pupils at 92.eight%, however by far the best degree of state pupils is in Northern Eire’s universities, the place the consumption is overwhelmingly state educated, at 99.2%.
Impartial faculties educate round 6.5% pupils within the UK, however the proportion rises to about 18% over the age of 16, based on the Impartial Faculties Council.
Lowest proportion of state faculty college students
- Royal Academy of Music 48.5%
- Royal Agricultural College 49.1%
- Courtauld Institute of Artwork 55.three%
- Oxford 55.7%
- St Andrews 56.7%
- Royal School of Music 56.9%
- Durham 60.5%
- Bristol 61.four%
- Cambridge 61.9%
- Imperial 65.5%