The 2022 entrance examination is approaching the middle stage, and the trends of applicants can be seen to some extent at both national and public universities and private universities.The actual number of university applicants should be decreasing, but the total number of applicants for both national and public universities and private universities is increasing.In particular, the number of applicants for private universities has decreased significantly last year, and the number of universities with a total of more than 10 applicants is expected to increase from last year.This time, I will give an overview of the status of private university applications at this stage.



Although the common test method is sluggish, the number of applicants is increasing with the general method.

 There are many sites that summarize the application status of private universities, but Kawaijuku's university entrance examination information site Kei-Net and Yoyogi Seminar's entrance examination information site are well organized.First, looking at the overall overview of private university entrance exams at Kawaijuku Kei-Net (as of February 2, 10 universities total), the number of applicants was 104% year-on-year.The total number of applicants for private universities last year was more than 103, and considering that it decreased by 50%, it may be affected by the reaction.

 However, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Basic School Survey released in December last year, the actual number of university applicants for the 12 entrance examination has decreased by about 2021 from the previous year. This is a natural result as the 7000-year-old population is declining.However, the rate of decrease was gradual compared to the decrease of 18 in the 18-year-old population.

 The actual number of university applicants for the 2022 entrance examination is not yet known, but the 18-year-old population has decreased by 2, so the actual number is probably decreasing.Even in that situation, the number of applicants is increasing because of efforts such as devising entrance exams at each university, but it seems that the rate of high school graduates aiming for university (university application rate) is increasing. ..

 As mentioned above, the total number of applicants has increased to 103% compared to the previous year, but looking at each entrance examination method, the general method is 104%, while the common test usage method is 101%. ..Before the entrance exam, the common test method was expected to increase significantly due to the low examination fee, no movement for the examination, and easy application, but the result is exactly the opposite. ..This is probably because the average score of the Common Test for University Admissions was historically low.

 From the point of view of the examinee, if the target score is not reached, hesitate to apply even if he knows that the average score of the whole will decrease and the borderline of each university will also decrease.Even though all the examinees have the same conditions, I think there are many students who are having a hard time.

Kawaijuku Kei-Net 2022 Entrance Examination Information

Yoyogi Seminar Entrance Examination Information


The faculty of law and pharmacy are as popular as expected, and the humanities are as unpopular as expected.

 Looking at the popularity of the faculty system, as expected, the increase in the number of applicants for the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Pharmacy is remarkable, and the results are as expected.In particular, the number of applicants for the law department of traditional schools is increasing at most universities.In addition, the Faculty of Pharmacy has continued to be popular since last year.It seems that these are due to the growing interest in law (social norms, fairness, etc.) and medical care among examinees.In addition, the popularity of science and engineering is also strong.Regarding science and engineering, it seems that the increase in the number of applicants at Chiba Institute of Technology and Kinki University, which will be described later, will also have an effect.

 In contrast to the popularity of law, medicine, and science and engineering, the unpopular academic departments are the humanities.The unpopularity of foreign languages ​​is particularly noticeable, but nowadays, not only online study abroad, but also some universities such as Kinki University and Showa Women's University have resumed studying abroad since last year.Other universities are also moving to resume studying abroad from 2022, and while the opportunities for studying abroad are gradually recovering, the low application status indicates that the anxiety of the examinees is deep-rooted.

 The number of applicants for the social welfare system, which was popular last year, is decreasing, especially for the general method, and the number of applicants for the general system for life science is also decreasing.Most of the applicants for life sciences are nutritional, so it is possible that many of the examinees have already completed the entrance examinations by comprehensive selection or school recommendation type selection, and the number of examinees remaining until general selection is decreasing. increase.Alternatively, it is possible that the number of students who are attracted to the nutritional system is decreasing due to the change in the way of thinking about the career paths of female examinees, which is the main part of taking the nutritional system.



The number of universities with more than 10 people has increased, and some universities have nearly tripled.

 Looking at the situation at each university, it seems that the number of universities with a total of over 10 applicants, which was only Kinki University and Chiba Institute of Technology last year, will increase.At universities such as Hosei University and Meiji University, where the number of applicants decreased significantly last year, the number of applicants has increased, and both universities are expected to recover to the 10 level.Kinki University reduced the number of applicants last year, but the total number of applicants remained at the top of private universities.With the establishment of the Faculty of Informatics this year, the number of applicants has increased by more than 2.It seems certain that the number of private university applicants will be the highest this year as well.

 Also, considering the environment of the declining population of examinees, Chiba Institute of Technology, which has been increasing the number of applicants since last year, is also noteworthy.As mentioned earlier in this column, Chiba Institute of Technology accepts applications until the day before the exam date.This year as well, entrance exams starting from February 2st will be accepted until January 1st, entrance exams from February 1th will be accepted until February 31th, and exams on March 2rd will be accepted until March 17nd. ..Of course, business improvement by DX supports the mechanism, but as a mindset of those who practice, there is a psychological hurdle that the reception on the day before the exam cannot be easily exceeded.

 If you look at the explanation of the application procedure on the Chiba Institute of Technology website, it says "delivery period" instead of "application period".The idea is completely beyond the conventional flow of receiving application documents, checking the contents, delivering the admission ticket, preparing to set up the examination venue, and conducting the examination on the day, as a university person thinks. I understand.We are creating a mechanism that cannot be easily imitated.We are practicing the content of business administration textbooks, which states that building a model that cannot be imitated by other companies leads to a competitive advantage.In addition, we are introducing a new entrance examination method this year, so it should be strong.

 It is noteworthy that the number of applicants for Osaka University of Economics and Law has nearly tripled from last year, except for Kinki University and Chiba Institute of Technology.As part of our 3th anniversary project, we have set a flat rate of 50 yen for all entrance exams and have introduced a free system for concurrent applications.This is also a measure that cannot be easily imitated.


Satoru Kobe (educational journalist)

Education journalist / KEI Advanced, Inc. Consulting Department member
/ University Entrance Examination Writer / Researcher
After joining Kawaijuku Educational School in 1985, he has been engaged in collecting and disseminating university entrance examination information for over XNUMX years, and is also in charge of editing the monthly magazine "Guideline".
After retiring from Kawaijuku in 2007, he has been engaged in entrance examination work such as pass / fail judgment and entrance examination system design at a university in Tokyo, and is also in charge of student recruitment and public relations work.
After retiring from university in 2015, he worked as a writer and editor for Asahi Shimbun Publishing "University Ranking" and Kawaijuku "Guideline", and contributed to Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun media.After that, after working at the National Research and Development Agency, he has been providing consulting to support various university issues since 2016. Since KEI Advance is a Kawaijuku Group, it is possible to conduct simulations and market trend surveys using a huge amount of entrance examination data, so it is diverse regardless of the installer, such as future plans / medium-term plan formulation, new faculty establishment, and support for entrance examination system design. Many requests are received every day.
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