Over 20,000 applicants were placed at a university or college through UCAS' Clearing system over the weekend.
This takes the total number of people placed through Clearing to 27,620 - the highest seen at this point, 11 per cent higher than last cycle.
Most of the applicants (18,540) placed through Clearing over the weekend applied earlier in the cycle, but a further 1,800 were placed through new applications to courses in Clearing.
UCAS has now placed 440,130 applicants this year, up over 14,000 (3 per cent) on this point in 2013.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive said "Over 20,000 people have been connected to a future in higher education over this weekend through Clearing.
“I am particularly encouraged by the extra 1,800 people placed in recent days who have only just taken the decision to apply.
“Today will be another busy day for Clearing - in recent years we have placed around 10 people per minute throughout the working day.
“There is still time to research options and contact universities and colleges to get a place for this autumn, even if you have not applied earlier in the year."
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NOTES TO EDITORS
A suite of detailed analysis reports has been published on the UCAS website:
UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is a charity and the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 people each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 institutions across the UK.