Significant increase in the number of applicants to DTU
The number of applicants to DTU has increased by 9%, a considerably larger increase than nationally. Many applicants have DTU as their first priority.
Thursday 06 July 2023
Sole Bugge Møller
DTU has experienced a significant increase in the number of applications for admission to DTU. By the end of the quota 1 deadline, DTU had received 9% more applications compared to last year, which is also a greater increase than nationally, where a total of 5% more sought admission to higher education. Additionally, the BSc and BEng programmes are Denmark's third and fifth most sought-after programmes.
A total of 7,474 people have applied to DTU this year, compared to 6,827 in 2022. That makes it a 12% increase for the BSc programmes and a 5% increase for the BEng programmes and signifies a gradual return to pre-Covid-19 levels.
"I’m pleased that so many people have chosen to apply for our BSc and BEng programmes because we will need these future engineers in the green transition. However, it worries me that we must disappoint so many as we’re not allowed to admit all those with the qualifications," says Lars D. Christoffersen, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs.
This year, the BEng programmes at DTU have attracted more first-priority applications than last year. In total, 1,106 have applied for a BEng degree, compared to 1,042 last year. This is an increase of 6%.
Once again, the programmes with the most applications are Construction and Infrastructure and Software Technology. Additionally, the applications for Export and Technology, as well as Production, has seen a substantial increase.
Another positive is that there is once again a good chance of filling the Arctic Construction and Infrastructure Programme, which has 21 first priority applications and only admits 24. Part of the programme takes place at DTU's campus in Greenland's second-largest city, Sisimiut, 50 km north of the Arctic Circle, and a large part of the teaching consists of fieldwork in the Greenlandic nature.
First-priority applications for DTU's BSc programmes have increased significantly from 1,622 in 2022 to 1,844 this year—an increase of 14%.
Once again, the programmes with the most applicants are Medicine and Technology, Software Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Data and the English-language bachelor's degree in General Engineering. However, this year they have been joined by Life Science and Technology, which has seen an increase of 16% in the number of first-priority applications.
For the first time, DTU is offering the fully digital degree Technical Science, which has received 19 applicants, of which 8 are first priority.
"It's an exciting, new way of taking a degree, which takes some getting used to it, but I'm very satisfied with the number of applicants, and I believe we're reaching a different target audience with our digital degrees," says Lars D. Christoffersen.
Increase in first-priority applicants
2,950 applicants have DTU's BSc and BEng programmes as their first priority compared to 2,664 applicants in 2022. This is an increase of 11%. Thus, this year's first-priority applications are nearly on par with the record year of 2018, when DTU received a total of 2,966 first-priority applications.
General Engineering is once again the most popular programme at DTU. In total, it has received 698 applications, of which 431 are first priority.
The distribution of study places
All DTU's programmes have a limited number of admissions available. To what extent applications match the number of available admissions remains difficult to predict so soon after the application deadline passed. Regardless, it appears that DTU again this year will have to turn down qualified applicants for the most popular programmes, whereas a small number of programmes will most likely have vacant spots come August.