The change follows the introduction of fees for students from the rest of the UK of up to £9000 a year.
Figures from applications body Ucas showed that, although English applicants to Scottish institutions fell, acceptances increased.
As a result, English applicants were 30% more likely to be accepted to a Scottish institution in 2012 than they were in 2011.
In 2012, 70% of acceptances at Scottish institutions were from Scotland and 10% were from England.
Acceptances from Scottish applicants rose 0.3% to 30,900 in 2012.