File Photo: Egyptians walk outside Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. AP
The admission requirements for the first phase of the application process, known as tansik, to Egyptian public universities were announced by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohamed Ayman Ashour during a press briefing on Sunday in Cairo.
In the science division, medicine faculties will accept high school seniors who have achieved a cumulative grade of 91.3 percent or higher this year. This is almost the same as the last year's, which was 91.34 percent.
The cut-off grades required for admission into pharmacy colleges are set at 89.51 percent, compared to 90 percent last year.
The minimum requirement for public physiotherapy programmes is 90.12 percent, compared to 90.7 percent last year.
Students in the mathematics division who achieve a score of 85 percent or above will be admitted to engineering faculties. Last year, the minimum grade stood at 83 percent.
As for the literature division, the minimum requirements for political science and economics faculties have been set at 86 percent, an increase from 82 percent in the previous year.
For foreign languages, the minimum requirement is 84.5 percent, up from 80 percent in the past year.
The overall success rate for university admissions this year is 78.8 percent, higher than the 74 percent and 75 percent rates of the previous two years.
University admissions in Egypt are divided into three stages based on different grade categories. The first stage is reserved for students who scored the highest in their Thanaweya Amma exams.
This year, a total of 112,240 high-performing students joined the first stage.
Students who achieved 70.61 percent or higher in the literature track, 88.29 percent in science, and 83.41 percent in mathematics submitted their college preferences from 5-10 August.
Students can find out which specific faculty at a public university they will be attending on the tansik website.
Ashour also announced the second phase of faculty placement will run from 15-19 August.
The minimum required percentage is 60.98 percent in the science division and 58.5 percent in the literature division.
The minister noted that there are still vacant positions in veterinary medicine, nursing, sciences, computer science, and information technology in the second phase
The expected minimum cutoff for admission in the second phase is around 350,000 students.
Additionally, two new faculties were announced: Physical Therapy at Suez Canal University and Applied Arts at Tanta University.