31 July 2014

Fewer undergraduates accepted, tougher requirements


This year, the University of Copenhagen has granted acceptance to 7,616 applicants for undergraduate studies. The University has reduced the number of study slots available, thereby admitting 111 fewer students than 2013, when the largest number of students ever was admitted. As with last year, Molecular Biomedicine had the highest minimum grade-point average in order to qualify for admission. Applicants were required to have a GPA of 12 on the 12-point Danish grading scale.

It takes the right stuff to be admitted to the University of Copenhagen. That is especially true if you want to study Molecular Biomedicine, Psychology, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. Students seeking admission to all of those programmes needed a grade-point average of at least 11 on the 12-point Danish grading scale in order to be accepted. Molecular Biomedicine can call itself the most difficult programme to get into after it became the first-ever at the University to require a GPA of 12. Seen as a whole, GPA requirements have gone up for so-called quota 1 applicants, or those applying solely on the strength of their upper-secondary leaving exams.

Fewer humanities students

This year, the University accepted 7,616 undergraduate students, a decline of 1.4 per cent.

“This is the first time in six years that we’ve accepted fewer undergraduate applicants. There are 111 fewer students accepted than last year, which was the largest class ever. The biggest decline was in the number of students studying the humanities, which accepted 86 fewer applicants,” says Senior Advisor Pernille Kindtler, University Education Services.

The smaller class size is the result of a decision by the University to reduce the number of students accepted. In addition, there was a decline in the number of students seeking admission to some of the least popular language programmes.

“Between 2010 and 2013 the University of Copenhagen expanded the number of students it accepted by 741, which was in keeping with the wishes of the Danish parliament. This year, we chose to slow the growth in undergraduate admissions and reduce the number of applicants we accepted by about 100,” says Pernille Kindtler.

Fewer to be accepted in 2015

The smaller class size sets a new course for the University after a period that has seen an increasing number of students being let in each year. The increase was part of a political focus on having universities admit as many students as possible. The work of the so-called Productivity Commission and the Quality Committee have resulted in increased attention being paid to admitting students to the right programmes, which is not necessarily the same as admitting more students to all university programmes.

The University of Copenhagen therefore began this process already this year by adjusting the size of its undergraduate programmes. The University, in collaboration with other Danish universities, expects to further reduce the number of students it admits in 2015.

Openings still available

Even with the reduction in the number of students accepted, 25 programmes still have openings.

“There are still 312 openings for qualified applicants. Programmes with openings include six in the Faculty of Science and 19 in the Faculty of Humanities,” says Pernille Kindtler.

The openings are listed on the Danish site studier.ku.dk.

Pernille Elisabeth Kindler, Senior Advisor
Phone: +45 35 32 28 93
Mobile: +45 51 20 18 93