Out of 44,300 study-motivated people, 9,771 have applied to Karlstad University in the first place.

Last autumn term, space was made for about 16,000 students, but how many places there will be this year has not yet been decided.

- I look forward to receiving our new students in August and sincerely hope that the situation then is such that we can do it on campus, says principal Johan Sterte in a press release.

The most popular are the law, psychologist and sociology programs, which together account for almost 8,000 of the applications.

A less popular but highly topical and newly started program is the candidate in public health science, which has received 335 applications.

In terms of the number of applicants, KAU climbs Mid Sweden University and ranks tenth in the list of Sweden's most popular universities.