Thousands of prospective university students today inundated the Falmouth University sports hall eager to get a taste of University life.
Falmouth University hosted a UCAS conference for local students giving them the opportunity to browse prospectuses and meet representatives from Universities nationwide.
UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.
Queues five people deep swamped every stall; university reps ate hurried meals at their desks between waves of would-be students.
Despite fears of a decline in applications post-Brexit, the atmosphere in the bustling sports hall was positive among potential undergrads and University reps alike.
However, the first year in post-Brexit Britain has shown University applications from EU students drop to their lowest point in three years.
October 2016 saw a 9% decrease in applications from EU students to courses such as medicine, dentistry and all Oxbridge courses, degrees that share an early application deadline of October 15th.
This drop could be partially due to the government only guaranteeing financial support for EU student’s just days before the October deadline.
The initial 9% drop in EU applications proved to be a harbinger of things to come. According to statistics gathered from UCAS, EU applications overall are down from 45,220 to 42,070.
Applications from EU students are not the only ones demonstrating decline however. Total UCAS applications this year have dropped 5% from 593,720 to 564,190.
A representative from a London university said: “Not only have we seen a decline in applications, but students that were already holding offers here have started to drop out as well.”
The 18-year-old population is estimated to have declined by 6,100 in England according to statistics gathered from UCAS. This decrease may also partially account for the drop in applicants.