The moment of choosing a university career is one of the most decisive for a student. It will determine the direction that your life will take during the following years and could guide your entire professional stage. However, it is not as simple as choosing an option and getting started. If the chosen studies have more candidates than available places, the universities order the students by the EBAU combined average mark or Selectivity and the high school, and they assign places following the list until they are finished. Therefore, entering the priority options for each student will be easier the better the grade obtained.
The Cut-off grade is the lowest grade obtained in a certain degree in the previous year. It is, then, a number indicative and not definitive, since the following year it is perfectly possible that the candidates have obtained better results and the cut-off mark goes up, or that there are fewer people trying to access the career and it is possible to enter with lower grades. Also, the minimum grades can change quite a bit between universities and cities, so it is smart to have the cut-off grades of the chosen career under control in various higher education centers in case of not reaching it in our first option.
For example, in 2020 the career that required the highest cut-off grade in Spain was the double degree in Mathematics and Physics offered by the Complutense University of Madrid, with 13,875 out of 14. Some of the studies that were more demanding to access last year were the double degree in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Granada (13,184), the double degree of International Studies and Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid (13,684) or the double degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics at the Complutense (13,650).
In a context like the current one, where the pandemic of coronavirus still part of daily life, it is plausible that the fear of contagion or distrust of digital education causes a decrease in students who want to enter some careers, which could facilitate access.