Chinese colleges and universities admitted 100,000 students from rural and underdeveloped areas in 2017, a 9.3 percent increase on 2016, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).
China has implemented favorable college entrance policies, including enrollment programs, at national, regional and university levels to enable more students from rural and poor areas to go to university.
In the national program, the requirements for being accepted by key colleges and universities affiliated to central ministries and provincial governments have been lowered for students from impoverished counties.
The regional program helps students receive higher quality education in their own provinces and regions, while outstanding high school graduates from rural areas can be admitted to top universities under the MOE through the university-level program.
In 2017, nearly 64,000 students from poverty-stricken counties were enrolled in universities, thanks to assistance from the national program.
The regional program admitted 16.2 percent more rural students than in 2016 and an additional 9,500 exceptional rural students were accepted through the university-level program.
“We need to improve the enrollment rate for rural students,” Xie Huanzhong, an MOE official, said.
In 2016, Chinese higher educa- tion institutions admitted 7.48 million students for undergraduate study.