Canberra school-leaver Zoe Hoare has received an early Christmas present when she was offered a place to study her dream course at The Australian National University (ANU) in 2018.
"I'm very excited. I've been planning to study at ANU since year nine. I'm thrilled I've been accepted into the courses I really want to do," Zoe said.
Zoe, who aced her year 12 with a 96.5 ATAR, now plans to study a Flexible Double Degree in Criminology and International Security at ANU.
She is one of 2,375 students to receive a pre-Christmas early undergraduate offer to study at ANU in 2018.
So far, ANU has offered places to 2,951 new students for 2018, representing an increase of 12 per cent on the same time last year.
Zoe said she was attracted to ANU because of the strong expertise in national and international security and criminology, and because of the opportunities to travel overseas as part of an undergraduate degree.
"My plan is to study criminology and international security, and to travel overseas, and eventually work in the fields related to counter-terrorism or against people smuggling," she said.
Student Ryan Mannes from Coleambally in New South Wales said he was thrilled with his offer, which will allow him to take up a prized Tuckwell Scholarship in 2018.
Ryan will study a Flexible Double Degree Bachelor Actuarial Sciences/Bachelor Mathematical Sciences.
"ANU has always been my dream university," he said.
"It's practical in its location and has a lot of high-quality lecturers. It is also very prestigious."
Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said ANU continued to attract the brightest and most passionate students in the country.
"I'm delighted to welcome our new students for 2018 and congratulate all of those who have been made an early offer to join the ANU community," Professor Schmidt said.
"It is the calibre of our students who really make ANU a great University.
"It's also great to see demand remains strong for places to study at ANU, with our unique flexible double degrees being particularly popular with new students.
"Our new Bachelor of Health Science program, being offered for the first time in 2018, is also proving popular, with 157 first preferences and more than 400 total preferences."
Flexible double degrees which combine Art, Social Sciences, Business and Science are the most popular courses for ANU for 2018.