The number of female students who have won places at university so far has risen by 4%, double the rate of increase as for male students, according to statistics from Ucas.
The figures show that, five days after the A Level results were announced, the number of female students in the UK who have secured a university place is 229,420, compared to 176,340 males. The percentage rise is higher for 18 year olds, where the rate of increase for females accepted is 6%, compared to 3% for males.
The number of female students entering university has outstripped that of male students for several years.
Ucas says that, as of midnight on Monday, a total of 461,120 people had been placed in full-time UK higher education, an increase of 3% on the same point last year. Of these, over 34,660 people have been accepted through Clearing, a rise of 6% on the same stage last year and the highest number recorded by UCAS at this still early stage.
Over 141,220 people are still free to be placed in Clearing, down 5% on last year. Students not holding offers can enter Clearing up until 21 September – if they choose to. A total of 61,300 people were placed through Clearing by the end of the 2014 cycle.