Almost 75,000 students cheered Wednesday evening after the points needed to get into Hungarian universities were announced.
In Hungary students wishing to take a BA or an MA can collect a maximum of 500 entrance points, made up of their high school and graduation grades, language and other exams. This year, 111,219 students applied to one of the many Hungarian universities, with more than half of them being accepted. Out of the 74,652 new university students, 57,111 will receive scholarships, the rest will have to pay for their education.
According to state secretary for education László Palkovics, the number of students wishing to go to university has been growing every year.
Hard to be a biology teacher
Interestingly, students wanting to be physics and biology teachers were required to have the highest entrance points, altogether 480 out of 500.
A record number of points – 466 – was needed to get accepted to the applied economics department of Corvinus University and the international economics course of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Those wishing to study psychology at ELTE needed 464 points.
Like every year, economic, engineering, teaching and IT faculties were the most popular, but many students chose to study medicine as well. Hungarian medical universities have always been famous for quality education, but it’s not easy to enter any of them. Moreover, their points this year were higher than in 2015.
The most popular university this year was ELTE, followed by the University of Szeged and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). Fourth place goes to the University of Debrecen, followed by the University of Pécs.