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Number of university students grew in 2021

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According to Statistics Finland, a total of 159,500 students attended university education leading to a degree in 2021. The number of students increased by 1.9 per cent from the previous year. The number of new students was 32,600, which is 6.8 per cent higher than in the previous year. A total of 31,300 degrees were completed in 2021. The number of bachelor’s degrees completed was 13,600 and that of master’s degrees 16,000. Completed degrees at the doctorate level numbered 1600.

The line chart describes the development of the number of university students and degrees attained between 2001 and 2021. The number of university degrees was 16,800 in 2001 and, respectively, 31,300 in 2021. The number of degrees has increased over the past 20 years. Growth has been moderate except for 2008 and 2020, when matters related to the renewal of degrees raised the number of completed degrees more than usual. The situation is the opposite for the number of university students, that is, the number of students has fallen slightly when comparing 2001 and 2021. In the past four years, there has been a slight rise in the number of students.

Key points

  • Altogether 159,500 students attended university education leading to a degree in 2021.
  • The number of students increased by 1.9 per cent from the previous year.
  • New students numbered 32,600.
  • A total of 31,000 degrees were completed.

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University students by field of education

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Number of university students by university

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  • Gender
  • Field of education
  • University
  • Level of education
Updated:
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Classifications used:
  • Gender
  • Education
  • University
  • Level of education
Updated:
12.05.2022
Classifications used:
  • University
  • Level of education
  • Gender
  • Field of education
Updated:
12.05.2022

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