2607 new students at Aarhus BSS

The application and admission figures for Aarhus BSS vary a great deal across the school’s departments and degree programmes. But overall, the figures are satisfactory, says Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen.

Photo: Morten Rømer Holm, Aarhus BSS Communication

This year, 2607 new students have been offered a student place at one of Aarhus BSS’ degree programmes. This is an 11 per cent decline compared with last year caused by the fact that seven degree programmes in business communication are no longer offered at Aarhus BSS following the decision to gather all the language programmes at Arts.

This decision also largely serves to explain the decline in applications and first priority applications of 12 per cent and 13 per cent respectively. Thus, the overall decline comes as no surprise, Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen emphasises.

“This year’s admission figures vary a great deal across the school. Some degree programmes have seen minor or major declines in applications and first priority applications, while others have seen an increase. Others have seen a decline in applications and an increase in first priority applications. This year’s figures are thus both satisfactory and disappointing,” says Per Andersen.

The only thing that comes as a genuine surprise to the vice-dean is the decline in first priority applications and a lower minimum average mark on the BSc in Business Administration and Business Law (HA jur) - a programme which has in fact experienced a steadily increasing interest in the last few years. This year, 114 chose the degree programme as their first priority compared to 209 last year. Here the minimum mark requirement was 8.1 compared with 7.3 this year.

“This is a decline which I cannot immediately explain. Thus, we will naturally be following the development in the years to come,” says Per Andersen, who encourages people to view the figures from a long-term perspective.

“The figures change from year to year. Often this is due to the economic developments in society and other external factors. For this reason, I find it much more important that we continue to develop relevant and high-quality degree programmes and reduce the drop-out rates, rather than focus on whether the application figures increase or decline a bit from one year to another.”

“I believe that the way to get qualified young people to apply to the right degree programme is founded on the quality that we can offer. So this is what we are continuously working with and focusing on”

See the overall admission figures at AU (in Danish only).