One of the hardest courses to get into this year was the Bachelor of Philosophy at the University of WA, which had the highest tertiary admission rank cut-off of 99.8
Mitchell Chiew, 17, who was home-schooled until he went to Cyril Jackson senior campus in Year 11, was one of just 42 people to receive an offer for the course yesterday. Three hundred applied.
The research-intensive four-year course allows top students to choose a major in any field and includes a scholarship to study overseas.
Mitchell, who achieved an ATAR of 99.95, said the sheer challenge of getting in was one of the main reasons he made it his first preference because it gave him an incentive to work hard in Year 12.
"I liked the added challenge of aiming for something that had a ridiculously small number of people who enter it," he said.
Mitchell said he wanted to focus on maths and physics and hoped his career path would become clear during his studies.
More than three-quarters of people who applied for university this year were offered their first choice course. This year's lowest cut-off rank was 55 for some courses at Edith Cowan University.