Abolition of lottery system


From a lottery system to a selection procedure
Selection helps strengthen the student's bond with the programme, promotes an ambitious study ethos, and results in lower dropout rates and higher academic success rates.

If the number of enrolments is greater than the number of places on the programme, then programmes can request an enrolment quota. In such cases, all programme places will be allocated by the institution via centralised or decentralised selection of the prospective students. The institutions will determine the selection criteria and procedures on the proviso that a combination of at least two qualitative criteria is used. For example, this could be a combination of students' final exam results and a score for their motivation. Guaranteed places for certain students (e.g. places for students with 8+ grades or the minister's places) will be abolished.


Arguments for abolishing the lottery system

  • Prospective students are given more control over and insight into their chances of being admitted to the programme of their choice.
  • Institutions are given more say regarding which candidates are admitted to their programme, enabling them to actively incorporate relevant competencies into their assessment.
  • Selection results in a better match between the programme requirements and the student than a lottery system, as selection can be conducted based on multiple factors.
  • Selection helps to boost the student's bond with the programme, realise a more ambitious academic culture, reduce dropout rates and increase academic success rates.



- Van der Wende, M.C. 2011. Excellentie en selectie in het Nederlandse universitaire onderwijs: tussenstand en perspectief. THEMA Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs & Management, Nr. 5.
- Wetsvoorstel Kwaliteit in Verscheidenheid hoger onderwijs - Kamerstuk 33519 – 23-01-2013