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Thousands of Canberra students receive main round university offers

Thousands of nervous Canberra school leavers hoping to kick-start their careers at one of the capital's universities can now breathe easy with the release of main round tertiary offers Wednesday evening.

Melissa Nuhich, Eloise Fry and Alexander Ollman are among 1266 students to secure a place at ANU in 2015.

The university has offered more than 3260 places so far, almost 7 per cent more than last year.

Demand for Flexible Double Degrees is even higher with a 9 per cent jump to 1287.

Narrabundah College school-leaver Melissa Nuhich has been offered a Flexible Double Law Degree. 

But the 18 year old's decision-making process hasn't ended. Ms Nuhich was also offered a flexible arts degree in an earlier round.


"I was more nervous about [the main round offer] but in the end I got it - I knew law tended to be more competitive," she said.

"Now I've just got to decide."

Ms Nuhich said the flexibility of both degrees appealed to her and would allow her to pursue her love of international affairs.

"I'm leaning towards law. It is a vital part of society; every day it governs what we do, what we say, even the air we breath," she said.

"I've travelled a lot throughout my childhood, you could call me an international student, so the international aspect of the career choice also interested me."

Ms Nuhich said she looked forward to continuing her studies in the capital with a possible stint overseas.

"I am interested in seeing what kind of clubs and societies ANU has and the exchange program," she said. 

"I'm not fussed about people saying Canberra is a small place. I like that aspect of it. It's a beautiful city."

Across town the University of Canberra offered 803 students places on Wednesday.

The main round brings the university's total number of places to 1885, including 1082 early round offers.

Almost half of these were made to ACT and Queanbeyan students. 

Deputy vice chancellor of education Nick Klomp said more and more places were being offered before the main round, including the School's Recommendation Scheme, and mid-year.

"We've developed more flexible courses and thought about the international intake and people studying part time," he said. 

"With the School's Recommendation Scheme students are recommended by their schools. All you have do is have a couple of bad days in the exam room and your ATAR score isn't as good as you're capable of."

Professor Klomp advised outgoing year 12 students who missed out on a main round offer to not panic and discuss other options with their respective university. 

"Don't go quiet - yell out," he said.

"The University of Canberra College has various pathways. There's also ways students can do subjects individually and perhaps join a feeder course and get into the more competitive, specific course that way.

"I hate the idea that a student who is keen and really does want to make a difference misses out because of paperwork or numbers."

Meanwhile, Charles Sturt University, which has a campus in Canberra, offered 1216 undergraduate places on Wednesday.

Another 3478 students received an on-campus offer, while 6950 students received an offer to study via distance education.

The Australian Catholic University's Canberra campus has offered 26.3 per cent more place to prospective tertiary students this year but has not released specific numbers. 

The University Admission's Centre's next offer round is on Tuesday, February 3.