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Helsinki University receives record 28,787 applications

Published : 30 Mar 2018, 02:44

  DF Report

Administration building of Helsinki University. Photo Helsinki University by Ari Aalto.

The University received about 29,000 applications by the closing of the national joint application procedure on Wednesday, March 28, said a press release on Thursday.

The number of applications grew by 25% from the previous year, largely due to the increased number of options available for application through the joint application procedure.

Also, the adoption of the certificate-based admission system by many new programmes seems to have had an effect on the number of applicants.

There were a total of 28,787 applicants (2017: 23,174), of which 27,745 applied for bachelor’s programmes (2017: 22,120) and 1,328 for master’s programmes (2017: 1,284).

The application period for the Open University route, which is not covered by the joint application procedure, also ended on Wednesday. A total of 146 applications through the Open University route were received.

The number of applications grew significantly from the previous year. This is at least partly attributable to the fact that both medical and legal fields have adopted the joint application procedure. For example, it is now possible to apply to study medicine at several different universities with a single entrance examination. It was previously impossible to apply for medical studies at more than one university in the same application round.