Rouen, second metropolis in terms of increasing number of students
According to a study run by the “Observatoire des Territoires” and published in February 2018, the number of students in Rouen increased by 32% since 2001. This makes the city 2nd at national level in terms of increasing number of students, just behind Lyon with its growth of 37%. Bordeaux registers a 21% raise and Paris, a 17% growth.
The most common establishments of higher education in Rouen are engineering schools and business schools. Indeed, the share of students in business courses is 11% whereas the national average is 5%. At the University, it is the STAPS cursus (Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities) which is the most represented.
The study underlines that Rouen keeps its high school graduates: 80% of the students from Rouen establishments of higher education passed their baccalaureate in the Rouen academy. It means that 80% of the graduates stay in their city, Rouen, to continue their studies. But that number also shows that Rouen has some difficulty to attract students from other regions, with only 20% of tertiary education students that come from other French academies. The cities that attract the most students are Paris, Toulouse, Limoges, Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon. Around a third of baccalaureates from Rouen that move (meaning around 6% of the total of Rouen baccalaureates) turn to the Île de France and Paris. This makes Rouen the first city to send its students in the French capital, followed by Amiens and Orléans-Tours.