Hanover again with the highest NC rate in Germany

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem gemeinnützigen CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung hat CHE Consult Daten für den jährlich erscheinenden Numerus Clausus-, kurz NC-Check ausgewertete und aufbereitet. Rund eine halbe Million Menschen in Deutschland beginnen jährlich ein Studium. Für die neuen Erstsemester sind im kommenden Wintersemester, so zeigt der aktuelle NC-Check, nur noch etwa 40 Prozent aller Studiengänge zulassungsbeschränkt. Bei den größeren Hochschulstädten hat Hannover die höchste NC-Quote, auf Länderebene sind dies Berlin, Hamburg und Bremen.

In each of the three German city states, around two-thirds of all programs are NC programs. Berlin has the highest rate with a share of 67.0 percent, followed by Hamburg and Bremen with 64.8 and 61.5 percent, respectively. In the coming semester, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will have the lowest proportion of admissions-restricted degree programs. Here, with a share of 21.9 percent, only one out of every five degree programs does select among the applicants.

Prospective students in Kassel have the best chances of finding a university place in cities with more than 30,000 students. Here, four out of five courses can be studied without admission restrictions. As in the previous year, Hanover achieved the highest rate with 64.6 percent.

Nationwide, the proportion of admissions-restricted degree programs has again fallen by 0.4 percentage points compared to the previous year and is currently 40.7 per cent. In the past six years, the NC quota has thus fallen by around five percentage points. "More and more people in Germany want to study. The fact that the NC rate is nevertheless falling nationwide every year is a sign that HEIs and politicians have done their homework," says CHE Managing Director Frank Ziegele, assessing the current data. While the number of students in Nordrhein-Westfalen has risen by around 11 percentage points since the 2013/14 winter semester, the NC rate fell significantly from 47.1 to 33.4 percent over the same period.

Depending on the subject, type of university and type of degree, the numerus-clausus ratio varies greatly: in the legal, economic, social and social sciences, about one in two courses of study in Germany is restricted in admission. In linguistic and cultural studies, on the other hand, around 70 percent of the courses are open to all freshmen, regardless of their Abitur grades. A lower proportion of university programs (38.4 percent) are still NC courses compared to those at universities of applied sciences (44.5 percent). Bachelor and Master degree programs have roughly the same values of around 40 percent.

The "CHE Numerus Clausus Check 2019/20" was based on the NC data of the “Higher Education Compass” of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) for around 19,000 programs in the winter semester 2019/20 as well as corresponding data from previous years. Federal state, type of university, type of degree and subject group served as analysis criteria for the team of authors: Anna Gehlke, Cort-Denis Hachmeister and Lars Hüning. In contrast, the results for the NC rate in cities with more than 30,000 students were determined by querying the search engine for study programs (, which, however, makes use of data from the HRK Higher Education Compass.





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