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CU applicant scores highest across nation

Nearly 81,000 secure places through the centralised scheme

A TOTAL OF 80,880 students have secured seats at higher-education institutes this year, through the country's central university admission system (CUAS).

The CUAS released its university-application results through www.cuas.or.th and allied websites last night. Up to 99,767 students applied to their favourite universities via the CUAS, after 76 higher-education institutes agreed to recruit new students through the system.

Successful applicants will undergo interviews at their chosen universities by next Wednesday.

Among all applicants, Chatmongkhon Pinthong, a Bangkok Christian College student, has emerged as the top scorer, with 90.30 per cent.

His choice to further his studies is Chulalongkorn University (CU)'s faculty of commerce and accountancy.

Second was Sudarat Wiroonsap from Saint Joseph Convent School. She scored 88.59 per cent and will study at the CU faculty of political science.

Third-highest scorer was Wiwat Tiangtham, who finished his secondary education at Yothinburana School and is now a political-science student at CU. With 87.82 per cent, he plans a switch to the CU faculty of law instead.

While CU is a favourite among top scorers, competition is most intense at Kasetsart University's faculty of humanities. The ratio of seats to applicants at the faculty is at 1:96.

Applicants to Ubon Ratchathani University's faculty of nursing have also faced tough competition through the CUAS. While the faculty offers just 15 seats, it has received 1,437 applications - a ratio of seats to applicants of 1:63.

Srinakharinwirot University's College of Social Communication Innovation has reserved 40 seats for successful applicants from the CUAS, but has attracted as many as 2,004 applications - a ratio of 1:50.

For all university applicants, the CUAS results can shape their future.

"Don't lose hope," Chatmongkhon said to those who did not sail into their favourite universities through the CUAS. He pointed out that several universities planned to accept new applications.

Wiwat said he had decided to submit his application to CU again because he wanted to change his field of study. "After I started studying at the CU faculty of political science, my doubts grew as to whether I had come to the right field. That's why I decided to submit an application again."

Sudarat said she was confident she wanted to pursue a degree at the CU faculty of political science.

"I'm interested in international relations and there's a programme dedicated to this at the faculty," she said. She added she had already consulted a lecturer in the field and was confident she'd made the right choice.

While several students needed to take many tutorial classes to boost their chances of getting into the universities they wanted, Chatmongkhon said he had not relied that much on crash courses. "I paid more attention to my normal class," he said.




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