Number of registered students


Total number of enrolled students

At October 2020, 327,300 students were enrolled in a bachelor- or masterprogramme at a Dutch research university. This is a 7,9% more than the number of students in the previous year. 

This recordnumber is mainly the effect of more first year enrolled students in bachelorprogrammes and less dropout in the cohort that started in the previous year.


 Note: in the year 2012, the studentpopulatie dipped because of a graduation rate that was higher than in previous year. The reason for this was the threath of "langstudeerboete": a penalty for student who study more then nominal +1 year in their studyprogramme. This threath motivated students to get to graduation faster. 

Moreover, the scheme was abolished with retroactive effect three months after its introduction.

Number of registered students per university



Enrolled international students


Last updated on 3-2-2021