Student - August 9, 2011

Growth in first year students levels off

The growth in the number of new students at Wageningen University has slowed down. The steep growth of the past years at both the university and the applied sciences university Van Hall Larenstein appears to be levelling off, according to figures from Studielink, the company which gathers information on applications for Dutch universities.

Pre-registration figures up to 1 August show that 1049 students have signed up for one of the nineteen BSc programmes. Last year, there were 1050 in the same period, and 1075 eventually embarked on a BSc programme in 2010, making that a growth of about 11 percent compared with the year before.
VHL has received fewer registrations from new students this year compared with the same time last year. The latest figures dated end July show a shrinkage of 2 percent compared with the year before.
Master's students
The spectacular growth of Master's students has somewhat quietened down too. Last year, 1486 students embarked on one of 29 MSc programmes. The university expects that this number will stabilize this year with a slight rise.
Many MSc students come from other countries, with thousands applying for a course in Wageningen at the same time. As many of them will not succeed, for example, to get a scholarship, only 10 percent of them will end up eventually with a course of study. This year has seen the award of fewer scholarships than the years before; however, the number of students who pay their own way has increased.