In the 2nd phase of access to higher education, there were nine courses where the last student to enter had an average above 19 points, a list now led by Medicine, from the University of Porto.
In this 2nd phase of the National Competition for Access to Higher Education (CNAES), only 40% of the candidates got a place at a university or polytechnic institute: in a universe of almost 23 thousand candidates, just over nine thousand entered.
With far fewer places available and many courses with very high entry marks, 281 students managed to get a place in one of the courses with a high level of candidate excellence.
According to an analysis made by Lusa, there were nine courses where the last one to enter had an average above 19 points.
In the Medicine course of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, the last student to enter this 2nd phase (two entered) had an average of 19.52 points, followed by Aerospace Engineering at the University of Aveiro, where in this second phase only one student entered with an average of 19.48.
The list is followed by the Medicine course at the University of Minho (U.Minho), which now has one more student with an average of 19.27, and the Engineering and Industrial Management course (U.Porto), which they have now entered. five candidates. In this course at the University of Porto, the student with the lowest average has 19.25 points.
Above 19 values also appear the courses of Aerospace Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Medicine (U.Coimbra), Engineering and Industrial Management (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), Communication Design (U. Porto) and Technological Physics Engineering (U. .Lisbon), the latter with an average of 19.13 values.
There are other 24 courses where only students with an average above 18 points were able to reach and another 68 courses where an average of at least 17 points was needed.
In courses with a high level of candidate excellence, the vacancies were all occupied. Only courses with less demand kept vacancies unfilled, which are now moving on to the 3rd phase.
Once the 2nd phase was completed, there were only 4,441 vacancies left for the next competitions. Most courses ran out of places: Out of just over a thousand courses, only 212 still have vacancies to fill, while the remaining 857 courses ran out of seats.
It is up to each higher education institution to decide on the opening of the third phase of the competition, and the vacancies may be equal to or less than those that remain now, plus those that will not be occupied by students who do not register and enroll .
The data show that the courses at polytechnic institutes, such as Bragança, Guarda and Castelo Branco, are the ones with the most vacancies at the moment, and the engineering courses have the most places to fill.
The first 40 courses with the most places available are all in polytechnic institutes, with the exception of the course in Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Coimbra, which appears in this group, with 45 places left.
Only one course appears with a negative average. It is Agronomy, from the Escola Superior Agrária de Castelo Branco, from the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, where the last student to enter had an average of 9.6 points.
The vacancies put up for competition in the 3rd phase will be announced on 21 October on the website of the Directorate-General for Higher Education (http://www.dges.gov.pt), followed by the application between 21 and 25 October October.
In the set of the 1st and 2nd phases of the CNAES this year, 51,431 new students have already entered public higher education, according to accounts provided by the ministry
The Directorate-General for Higher Education estimates that the academic year will enroll more than 100,000 new students, taking into account the different forms of entry into public and private higher education. Last year, around 95 thousand new students were expected.