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Canberra school-leavers snap up early offers to study at ANU

More than 600 Canberra school-leavers can sleep easy for the remainder of the holidays.

The Australian National University has released early January round offers on Tuesday, ahead of the main offer round on January 21.

Top ACT school-leavers who placed ANU as a first preference were considered for early offers.

Nationally, ANU made 1640 early offers, up from the 1411 made in the 2014 early January round.

Applicants who applied through equity programs and alternative entry pathways also received early offers.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young said demand for places to study at ANU in 2015 was particularly strong, with first preference applications up seven per cent on the previous year.

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Demand for Flexible Double Degrees was particularly strong with 767 offers made so far in 2015 - 24 per cent more than the same time last year.

ANU also made 358 offers to non-school-leavers in the September, October, November and December rounds of UAC.

Meanwhile, two ANU science programs have been rated among the best in the world.

The Shell Questacon Science Circus has been named one of the top 20 educational innovations.

The Science Circus and science awareness program Science for Mums were selected in the global Telefonica FundaciĆ³n Education Challenge, which highlights the world's top 100 projects to promote scientific and technological careers.

The ANU was the only organisation to have two programs selected among the 26 countries represented.

More than 350 graduates have completed the Master of Science Communication (Outreach) course with the Science Circus over the past three decades. They perform lively science presentations in towns and schools throughout rural, regional and remote Australia.

Science for Mums offers training workshops for mothers on the scientific content that their children are learning in school.

Future tertiary students still have time to change their preferences through the University Admissions Centre before midnight, Wednesday, January 7.

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