Tourism BA tops student wish list

The tourism programme at Kasetsart University's Faculty of Humanities was the most popular degree course sought by students this year with a total 1,437 applicants competing for 15 seats.

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The information was revealed yesterday by Rajata Rajatanavin, president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, as the 2014 central admission results were announced.

Details of the results were made available at

Following Kasetsart University's tourism course were Ubon Ratchathani University's Faculty of Nursing where 947 students vied for 15 seats, and Srinakharindwirot University's College of Social Communication Innovation which had 40 seats available for 2,004 contestants.

The ranking was based on the students-to-seats ratio of the courses, with Kasetsart University leading at 1:96, followed by Ubon Ratchathani University with 1:63, and Srinakharindwirot with 1:5.

Nationwide, 99,767 applicants participated in the central admission exams at 756 faculties in 86 universities and educational institutions.

A total 80,880 applicants passed the central admission tests and had to attend further interviews and undergo health checks.

Out of 80,880 students, 63,568 attended interviews at 24 state universities and institutions under the supervision of the Office of the Higher Education Commission (Ohec). Another 12,027 students were interviewed at Rajabhat Universities and Rajamangala Universities of Technology.

Another 353 students had interview opportunities at state universities under agencies other than Ohec, and 4,932 students gained interviews at private universities.

Chatmongkol Pinthong, a student from Bangkok Christian College, obtained the highest admission test score with 90.3% and was able to enrol at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy — his first choice.

"I am delighted to get my first choice as I love maths. I sometimes attended a tutorial class, but was not too serious about it. If I had concentrated more in class, there would not have been any need for me to attend the tutorial class," he said.

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