As Exeter continues to grow and develop, so does the University. Ranked 8th place as one of the top Universities in the Times and Sunday Times league table, this year Exeter University has seen how the benefits of a strong student reputation and satisfaction has meant the interest to attend the university has excelled beyond belief.
With over 2.1 million people who visited the site last year, the drive in student applications increased to 36 per cent - more than ten times the sector average.
However the questions is, does the city of Exeter and the University have the facilities and space for the increase in students who will inevitably benefit the area?
Liz French, Communications Officer and Media Relations Manager at Exeter University, says, 'We have recruited an extra 600 Home Undergraduate students this year. This wasn't achieved by cutting entry standards as more than half of new entrants achieved AAA at A-Level or better.'
'Despite the increase in fees, the Uni has still been able to increase its numbers. This only possible because of the reputation Exeter has developed for its students and its research and facilities.'
The increase in students, international included, was planned for in consultations with Colleges and therefore, the University recruited extra academic and support staff in advance.
'The emphasis on this year will be using our finances as efficiently as possible and targeting them where they will make most difference. We will continue to invest in a student experience but we also need to do more to recognise the huge contribution made by our staff in continuing to make sure this is a great place to work too. We want to increase our recruitment drive by 26 per cent over the next five years'.
And it's not only the Universities reputation and place on the league table that is benefited by an increase in interest by potential and new students. Princesshay opened its doors for the Student Lock-In seeing nearly a quarter more students than last years figure of 5000 students.
Shop assistant, and third-year Drama student at Exeter University, Rachel Norris says, 'It's so exciting and refreshing to see new students, from all over the globe, attend the Uni. Exeter is finally getting a place on the map'
'It also benefits the local businesses and retailers in Exeter. The increase in students shows interest in other aspects of University life such as dining out, shopping, going out clubbing and doing extra-curricular activities outside of your degree.'
This month, the University welcomed its first cohort of students to the University of Exeter Medical School which was established last year following the de-merger of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.
Another major building project, the Living Systems Building, has also begun too. The £50m investment brings together leading mathematicians, physicists, cell and molecular biologists to make biology a predictive as well as an observational science. It is due for occupation in March 2016.