Almost 50 thousand students placed in Higher Education, only 16% were left out

The approximately five thousand vacancies left over from this first phase are available on the DGES website

Almost 50 students were placed in the first phase of the National Competition for Access to Higher Education (CNAES), a number slightly lower than last year, but which represents the entry of 84% of candidates.

Of the 59.073 students who have now applied for higher education, 49.438 were placed, 0,7% less than in the same phase of the competition held last year, reveal data provided by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES).

More than half of the candidates (56%) managed to stay in their first choice, with nine out of ten (87%) staying in one of their first three choices.

Of the 1.119 higher education courses that were available in this first phase of the competition, most saw all of their vacancies occupied, only 305 courses had places still available.

In total, there are 5.212 vacancies left for the second phase of the CNAES, which starts on Monday with 1,4% fewer places compared to last year.

Only four higher education institutions currently have zero vacancies to be filled: The Higher Nursing Schools of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra and ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.

Some polytechnic institutes are once again the least sought after and with more vacancies, such as the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (which had 944 places available), Viseu (462) or Braga (339 places).

The universities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra were the ones that opened the most vacancies for the first phase of the CNAES (7.424 places, 4.706 and 3.396, respectively) and were also the most desired, with more students putting their courses as their first option: There were 9.066 candidates chose the University of Lisbon in first place and 7.576 the University of Porto.

Data released by MCTES show that there are again institutions that have opened vacancies in courses for which no student applied: There were 38 courses, the majority in polytechnic institutes and in the areas of engineering.

On the contrary, Aerospace Engineering courses continue to be among the most sought after and with the highest entry averages, in a group of 14 courses – including those in Medicine – in which only students with an average grade of over 18 managed to place. values.

The results of the first phase of the contest are available on the website of the Directorate-General for Higher Education ( from 00:00 on Sunday and students who wish to do so now have until September 5th to apply for the second phase of the CNAES.

The approximately five thousand vacancies left over from this first phase are available on the DGES website, and on September 4, the vacancies that have now been occupied but in which the students did not register or register appear, therefore becoming available again .