Numerus Clausus (NC)
The numerus clausus (NC) is a term that refers to the restricted admission to universities. If there are more applicants than study places in a study programme, the NC acts as the admission limit. It applies to study programmes if the number of study places is limited. NC is the number/value of the last admitted student. It is therefore not a number or grade previously determined by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung, the state or the universities. The corresponding overview tables therefore only show the grade/limit value of the applicant who received the last available study place. The numerus clausus is different for every admission procedure, as it is based on the number of applicants competing for the available study places at that time. Hence the latest limit values are only for orientation purposes.