The statistics on university education contain data on new students, students and attained degrees in university education leading to a degree. The statistics are compiled from individual-based data collected by Statistics Finland from universities. The data on students concerning 2002 describe the situation on 20 September, whereas those concerning earlier years relate to the situation on 31 December, so the data for 2002 are not fully comparable with those for earlier years. The data on degrees relate to the whole calendar year. In accordance with the Statistics Act, the personal data from which these statistics are compiled are confidential. As a rule, the statistics produced from them are public.