President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday encouraged students to select their majors according to their interests rather than job considerations.
"Choosing your major in university might be the first critical choice in your life. After listening to different advice, the final choice is up to you," Chen said in a speech to students at the opening of the University Exhibition in Taipei Municipal Stadium.
Chen said he was originally admitted to National Taiwan University's (NTU) Business Administration Department, which was the top choice for students at the time.
However, he decided a few months into the program to change course, and was later admitted to NTU's Law Department.
Chen said he hopes students will make wise decisions about their future.
According to the University Admission Committee, 87,162 senior high school graduates who took the College Entrance Examination will become college freshmen this year.
About 125,700 students took the exam on July 1, 2 and 3.
Students' scores of this year's exam are higher than those of last year as non-multiple choice questions were cancelled in all subjects except Chinese and English composition due to the SARS epidemic, according to the College Entrance Examination Center.
One student scored full marks in English and nearly 8,000 people scored more than 80 out of 100. However, 384 students scored zero and more than 15,800 people received below 10 percent in English.
About 100,000 students will be admitted to colleges this year via three means: the application for admission, the recommendation for admission and the Required Subject Examination, according to the examination center.
It is the second year of the College Entrance Examination since the new measure was enacted. But the examination will be revised again next year because of complaints, Lee Chung-yuan (李鍾元), vice president of the examination center, said.
"Many parents and students complained that the exam measures were too complicated," Lee said.
Exam-takers need to hand in the selection form for their college entrance before July 30. The admission list will be made public on Aug. 9.