A total of 92,511 students passed the entrance tests for state universities, far from the actual 100,235 places on offer.
"The capacity *for the academic year 2009/2010* is 100,235 but only 92,511 students passed the tests,"national entrance test chairman Haris Supratno said in Surabaya late Friday, as quoted by Antara, hours prior to the official announcement of the test results.
"Several subjects, such as anthropology, agriculture and husbandry were less popular," said Haris, who is also rector of the Surabaya State University.
Meanwhile, less student candidates were seen visiting the campuses of state universities across the country for their entrance test results, announced nationwide on Saturday, as more and more preferred to access them through the Internet.
In Semarang, Central Java, only a couple of participants of the State Universities' National Entrance Tests (SNMPTN) were seen at the Diponegoro University campus searching for their names on the announcement boards.
"They probably viewed their test results through the Internet," Margiyanto, a security guard at Diponegoro University, said Saturday.
Secretary of the SNMPTN local 42 Semarang committee, Sutarno agreed, saying that students preferred to view their results on the Internet because it was quick and easy.
Similar scenes were also evident at the Semarang State University, which received 2,004 new students, and the Soedirman University (Unsoed) in Purwokerto, also in Central Java, which received 1,499 new students this academic year.
"I'm glad that my name is among the list of the accepted new students. My parents will certainly feel the same," said Setiyadi, who was accepted at Unsoed's Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, as he was checking the entrance test results at an Internet caf* in Purwokerto.
Sudiro, head of the Unsoed's academic administration bureau, told the media on Saturday that only 30 percent of SNMPTN participants were accepted as new students in the Unsoed's faculties of medicine, agriculture, biology, economy, husbandry, law and social and political sciences.
All new students, he added, were required to register themselves at their respective faculties from August 11 to 14. "They will become the new members of the big family of Unsoed that currently has more than 25,000 students in total," Soediro said.
He added that all new students were also required to undergo a psychological and health test and were strongly advised to join a student group according to their respective talents and interests.
A campus orientation program for the new students is scheduled from August 22 to 24, while lectures will officially start on September 1.
Separately in Bandung, West Java, students that failed the entrance test flocked to a number of private universities in the city to enroll.
"Compared to previous days, the number of students enrolling themselves at this campus has increased by up to 50 percent today," Edi Hasudungan, an enrollment official at Pasundan University, was quoted as saying by Antara on Saturday.
Apart from them, he added, many had also come to the campus to ask for information regarding the enrollment procedure and tuition fees. "Some also requested that information over the phone," he said.
The same phenomenon was also experienced by Sangga Buana University. "We received more enrollments today and many more asked for information over the phone," said an enrollment official at the campus.
"We have anticipated a possible hike in the number of enrollments as we opened the counters this morning," said Nenti, another enrollment official at the communication science college STIKOM, in Bandung.