The admission process follows the national examination held by the national board of higher education. The schedule of this examination is set by the national board of higher education and can be slightly different year by year. Since 2011, aside from the national examination, a student can also be admitted through “invitation” if the requirements are met; namely good grades in each semester during high school and the grades are always improved (or at least stable). With this admission system, the input quality is ensured.
Until now, the number of applicants is fluctuating year by year (see Figure 15 and Figure 16). However, this fluctuation cannot be directly interpreted as a function of the attractiveness of URP-SP (Urban and Regional Planning – Study Program). There were periods where URP-SP had to reduce its capacity due to the lecturer to student ratio.
In 2011 and 2012, the number of URP-SP applicants were decreasing. However, this trend also occured in other study programs in UGM, even in the medical study program (which is the most favourite study program). To respond to this trend, the URP-SP improved the socialization and promotion of the program to the high schools students who were in their last year. The socialization and promotion included previous and current students achievements, curriculum, career prospects, and success story from the alumni. In addition, government officials who were invited as external examiners were also potential promotion agents to introduce URP-SP to their working cycle and relatives.