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Almost 50,000 have applied for higher education through quota 2

March 19, 2014
2014 saw a slight increase in the number of quota 2 applicants. According to the Minister for Higher Education and Science quota 2 is a unique opportunity to ensure a good match between students and the respective education programmes.

When the quota 2 deadline for admission to a higher education programme expired on 15 March at 12 noon, 49,300 people had applied. All applications were submitted through www.optagelse.dk.

This is a slight increase compared to 15 March 2013, where 49,100 applications had applied for admission though quota 2. The final number will be ready at the beginning of April.

The Minister for Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, would like more students to apply through quota 2.

- I would like the higher education institutions to be more creative when it comes to finding the uttermost suitable and motivated students. They will be able to do this through quota 2 where it is possible to use application interviews or tests.
- In my opinion, the higher education institutions should use the opportunity more actively to select the specific students who have that special commitment and dedicated interest which is needed. I would therefore like to encourage the institutions to use interviews, motivated applications and tests more often instead of just looking at the applicants' examination marks average, says Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

The Minister also encourages all applicants to consider their choice of education up to the deadline for application through quota 1 on 5 July 2014. The reason for this is that the chances of admission are higher when broadening the application academically and geographically.

- By being choosy you are reducing your chances. I would therefore like to encourage everyone to look at other cities and educations which are similar to the programme of their dreams. If your dream is to become a lawyer, you have a better chance at being admitted in some cities than others. And if your want to be a midwife, there is every indication that this dream can also be fulfilled through the nursing education programme, says Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

The quota 2 application trend does not necessarily reflect the trend in the total number of applicants. In the latest years, quota 2 application has however been an indicator of the general trend in the number of applications.

It is mandatory for applicants to apply digitally at optagelse.dk which is why the preliminary number can be announced immediately after the end of the deadline. The final number includes applicants who do not have the digital signature NemID plus people who were exempted from applying digitally. Therefore, the number of applicants is expected to increase further.

The figures representing the distribution of applications on faculties and education types are announced at www.fivu.dk at the beginning of April 2014. The final number of higher education applicants in 2014 will not be ready until after 5 July.

Application and admission to the higher education programmes

  • Applicants apply for admission through the self-service option www.optagelse.dk.
  • The Coordinated Enrolment System (KOT) key figures from the 2013 admission can be used as reference for the evaluation of the chances of admission in 2014
  • Information about all the higher education programmes can be found at UddannelsesGuiden (the Education Guide) at www.ug.dk
  • 15 March 2014: Deadline for application through quota 2, as well as for applicants with a foreign qualifying examination or the like, and applicants for educational programmes with an entrance examination/interview.
  • 5 July 2014: Deadline for application through quota 1. The total number of applicants for higher education programmes will be ready after 5 July.
  • 30 July 2014: All applicants will receive a decision letter.

Applicants and intake in 2013

For further information please contact:

Head of division Jens Storm, tel.: 7231 7982, e-mail: jst@fivu.dk Head of press Ingeborg Nielsen, tel.: 2211 0200, e-mail: imen@fivu.dk

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