In Russia, for the first time in ten years, the average USE score at university entrance has decreased.
This was reported by the Higher School of Economics. The study included data from 838 universities, including 404 head state, 345 branches and 89 non-state.
In 2021, for the first time in ten years of observations, the average score of students enrolled in Russian universities did not increase.
According to monitoring data, the indicator decreased by a fraction of a percentage point, amounting to 70.3 versus 70.8 for budget places and 68.6 (68.7) for total admission.
According to the authors of the report, the achieved indicators mean that half of the students enrolled in the budget are high school students.
Experts emphasized that the decrease in the passing score was due to a significant increase in the number of budget-funded places by the state, mainly in regional universities.
“This means that we are not talking about any alarming trend, just those applicants who had not previously passed the points competition managed to enter budget places,” the authors of the study explained.
According to experts, the number of budget-funded places in state universities increased by nine percent compared to 2020.