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Grades need to be better than perfect to get into university

For the first time students need more than the top grade average of '12' to get into the most popular study programme. Five of the top ten admission grades are University of Copenhagen

The ‘better than perfect’ grade average is possible due to a quirk in the Danish education system. Students may multiply their grade average with a factor if they start their university programme less than two years after their exam, or if they have opted for high-level subjects.

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) dominate the list of programmes with the highest required grade point averages.

At the top with the quirky, at first glance super-human, grade average is ‘International Business’ at Copenhagen Business School, requiring the turbocharged 12.1.

Health and molecules

Not far behind is molecular biomedicine at the University of Copenhagen requiring a clean 12.

Third is ‘International Business and Politics’ at CBS – fourth is psychology at UCPH requiring 11.4 to get in. Sixth is medicine at UCPH.

A total of 64,397 young people will be starting their university education in Denmark in 2014.

Here is the link to the raw data with all the different study programmes.

UCPH tweeters are happy with the results, with some noticing that the University of Copenhagen has five out of the top ten ‘most popular’ programmes.

UCPH Prorector for Education Lykke Friis welcomed ‘a total of 7,616 new students’ to the University of Copenhagen via Twitter. This constitutes a 1.4 per cent drop, she says, adding that ‘we can scale to the right dimensions’. 83 per cent had their UCPH programme as their first priority.

The 1.4 per cent drop may be welcome. The University of Copenhagen has had several back-to-back years of increase in student numbers, with critics saying that the university was cramming students into classrooms.

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