Today is the day 49,679 young Danes have been waiting for since their high school graduation in June. Acceptance letters from universities and colleges arrive with Friday's post.
A total of 56,920 students applied for coveted placements. Some 2350 have been placed on waiting lists in the event that a place in their desired programmes opens up, while 11,000 applicants will have to make other plans for September.
Jakob Lange, head of the Enrolment Secretariat, said that in the newest cohort, more students have chosen to go directly into post-secondary education, dropping sabbatical years the Liberal-Conservative coalition government targeted in its welfare reforms aimed to get young people into higher education programmes sooner. Lange said that mostly girls have decided to skip the year off
'We have seen lots of extremely capable young women who would rather go directly into university than take a year off and work at the local grocery store,' said Lange to daily newspaper Urban.
In this year's cohort, 18 percent of applicants, compared to 16 percent last year, have chosen to go directly into post-secondary education.
Helge Sander, minister of science and technology, is pleased that 19,200 students, or one in five, have opted out of typical round-the-world trips or menial office jobs in favour of education.
'I think many have realised there are very good professional, economic and career-based arguments for starting studies before dust gathers on entrance-granting exam papers,' said Sander.
Applications to the traditionally popular programmes to become doctors, psychologist and lawyers remained high in this year's round of applications, while design programmes noted an increased interest.
Medicine programs, in particular, saw an unusually high proportion of Swedish students applying and being accepted into the programmes. One in every five students starting a medical degree this September will be Swedish.
Despite the number of jobs available in the healthcare sector, applications to programs that would prepare students for jobs in healthcare were low. Applications to elementary and secondary education programmes also remained low this year.