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7,402 have applied to DTU

As expected, the number of quota 1 applications to DTU has fallen from the exceptionally high level of 8,376 in 2020 to 7,402 this year. However, it is satisfying to see a 5 per cent increase in first priority applications for DTU’s BEng programmes.

Last year was a very unusual year in every respect—including in relation to higher education admissions. Due to the corona pandemic, extraordinary COVID-19 study places were created last year, and funds also became available from the STEM funding pool.

“Above all, we’re pleased that we appear to have emerged unscathed from an extraordinary year with the corona pandemic. The world is open once again for young people to go out and experience.

Last year we saw a big increase in the number of applications to DTU. This was in part because many young people dropped their gap year and instead applied for higher education. The Danish government was also keen to increase admissions to STEM study programmes, with the result that DTU increased its admissions to several courses,” says Lars Christoffersen, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs.

When the quota 1 deadline expired today at 12.00 noon, DTU had received 12 per cent less applications than last year. The decline was 15 per cent for the BSc programmes and 7 per cent for the BEng programmes. Overall, the number of applications to DTU has dropped from 8,376 last year, to 7,402 this year.

“We expected to see a significantly lower number of applications this year. The figures from KOT confirm this. But we can also see that interest in engineering study programmes at DTU remains high,” says Lars Christoffersen.

Many have applied to do the Arctic Technology BEng programme
Civil Engineering and Software Technology were the most popular BEng programmes again this year, with a 25 per cent and 30 per cent increase over last year, respectively. It is also gratifying to see that all places on the Arctic Technology programme may again be filled this year, with 23 first priority applications.

“We have also seen a 5 per cent increase compared to last year in first priority applications for our BEng programmes,” says Lars Christoffersen.

Great interest in DTU’s new Life Science and Technology study programme
There has also been a special focus this year on applications for the new Life Science and Technology programme, which offers a broader entry to three earlier programmes—Biotechnology, Human Life Science Engineering, and Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling. The programme has got off to a good start, with 191 first priority applications for the 120 student places offered this year.

The number of first priority applications to DTU’s BSc programmes has dropped from 1,911 in 2020 to 1,766 this year. A decline of 8 per cent. In addition to the new BSc programme, Software Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Data, and the English-language General Engineering programme have again attracted many applicants.

General Engineering draws the most first priority applications
A total of 2,862 applicants chose DTU’s BSc and BEng programmes as their first priority, compared to 2,955 applicants in 2020. This is a small 3 per cent decrease compared to last year. This year, General Engineering is again the study programme attracting the most applicants to DTU. DTU has received 499 applications, of which 295 are first priorities.

STEM funding in 2021 leads to 35 student places on BSc programmes

In 2019, the Danish government and a number of parties in the Folketing agreed to allocate DKK 102 million to expand STEM student places across the nation. DTU was assigned STEM funds corresponding to an additional 35 students in the BSc programmes.

All DTU’s study programmes have a limited number of study places available, and it currently appears that DTU will again have to reject qualified applicants this year for the most popular programmes, while a small number of programmes will have a few vacant places in August.