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Quota 1: More applicants to IT degree programmes

The quota 1 applications to higher education degree programmes in Denmark have been counted, and despite a general tendency towards fewer applications to the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the faculty’s IT degree programmes have reason to celebrate: More applicants had IT degree programmes as their first priority this year.

"I'm pleased that so many prospective students want to study with us, and, as we can see, the natural science degree programmes are still popular", says Kristine Kilså, vice-dean for education. Photo: Anders Trærup, AU Communikation

On 5 July at 12 noon, the deadline for applying to a higher education degree programme via quota 1 expired, and the IT degree programmes at the Faculty of Natural Sciences have every reason to celebrate this year's application figures. Both Computer Science and IT Product Development have received more first priority applications this year, which is gratifying, according to Kristine Kilså, vice-dean for education.

"I'm pleased that so many young people are applying to our IT degree programmes. There’s high demand in society for the digital competences that students acquire on our degree programmes," says Kristine Kilså.

In general, the 13 degree programmes at the Faculty of Natural Sciences have received fewer applications than last year, and the same trend applies to first priority applications: This year, 836 applicants had one of the 13 natural science degree programmes listed as their first priority, and this is 36 fewer than last year. 

A good match is paramount

The downward trend was expected after two years of extraordinarily high application figures due to Covid-19, explains the vice-dean, who is not concerned about the decline in applications.

“No, on the contrary. I'm pleased that so many prospective students want to study with us, and, as we can see, the natural science degree programmes are still popular. In fact, we have received more applications than before the pandemic, and several of our degree programmes are becoming more and more popular. I’m really happy about that,” she says.

Four of the faculty's degree programmes have received more applications than last year: IT Product Development, Computer Science, Mathematics and Geoscience. 

"Our natural science degree programmes are becoming more and more appealing to future students. There’s something for everyone. But it’s also important that our programmes match students’ expectations, and that they know what they’re applying to. So, at the end of the day, the number of applications isn’t that important. The main thing is that there’s a good match, and that our new students feel that their time at AU is well spent," says Kristine Kilså. 

On 28 July, applicants will receive the results of their applications.