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Just a quarter of applicants accepted by universities

Preliminary figures from the Finnish National Board of Education show that 26 percent of this year’s 66,400 university applicants have been accepted. As in previous years, just a few applicants were allocated places to study theatre, dance or art.

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Theatre Academy Helsinki and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts were the most difficult schools to get into, accepting only three percent of applicants. The next most selective higher education programmes were sport science courses, which selected just five percent of applicants. In third spot was Tampere University, which took nine percent of prospective students.

Åbo Akademi was the easiest institution to get into, accepting nearly half of applicants. Tampere University of Technology took a quarter of applicants to its courses, while the University of Eastern Finland and the National Defence University accepted 24 percent of applications received.

It was easiest to get a place to study science, technology or theology, for which acceptance rates varied between 30 and 43 percent.

The feminization of higher education continued apace. Some 60 percent of applicants to universities were women, as were 55 percent of those accepted.

The figures were not significantly different to those from previous years.

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