New intake of Bachelor's students
In the 2019/20 academic year, there is a record number of people of 57.983 students
starting their first university Bachelor's programme. The increased is caused the growing number of international students in Bachelor programs as well as the increase in number of students that studied at universities of applied science before starting at a research university.
Intake of pre-university secondary school leavers
The main part of the intake in university Bachelor's programmes are students from pre-university secondary schools. This number slightly decreased in the 2019/20 academic year. The number of pupils graduating at pre-university secondary schools in the previous year has also decreased slightly.
Leading up to the 2012 academic year, there was much commotion surrounding the proposed increased statutory tuition fees for long-term students, which caused more students than expected to decide to defer a university study programme, either temporarily or indefinitely. As a result, the number of new entrants declined in this academic year. In the 2013-14 academic year, the number of first-year students was back on the rise.