LiU is increasingly popular among higher education applicants
University applications that list LiU as first choice increased by five percent since the last enrollment period. LiUs engineering programs showed the greatest increase, fifteen percent.
In applications for the fall semester, more than 7 000 prospective students put an LiU program at the top of their wish list. In cold figures, that means that two candidates compete for each course place.
Some educational programs are more popular than others. At the Institute of Technology, first-choice applications shot up by 12 percent. Several engineering programs are especially sought after. The study program in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering saw an astounding 32 percent increase of first- choice applicants.
At the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the first-choice upswing was seven percent. Programs that are already popular (such as Business Administration, Psychology, and Personnel Administration) all have four or five competitors for each study place.
The largest increase was noted by the Systems Science program, where first-choice applicants doubled.
The Faculty of Health Sciences continues to be a popular choice, and had an increase of one percent. This figure should be viewed in the light of this faculty already having some of LiUs most application-heavy study programs.
The physiotherapy program had eight first-choice applicants per course place and the medicine program had six.
Other competitive programs are Nursing and Speech and Language Pathology.
However, the teaching profession seems to have lost much of it its appeal, perhaps because of an on-going and intense public debate on the overall quality of national teaching programs. Applications to LiUs teacher training program dropped by 15 percent.
International master's programs reeled in 1 400 first-choice applications for 700 course places. Most popular are studies in Business Administration, Computer Science and International & European Relations, all with four to five candidates competing for each available slot.
Last updated: 2009-06-03