TRENDS IN UNIVERSITY APPLICATION OF FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SUAN SUNANDHA RAJABHAT UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Science and Technology, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU) has two departments. Which are Department of Science and Applied Science. Department of Science is composed of Chemistry, Information Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Applied Statistics and Industrial Microbiology Program. Department of Applied Science is composed of Home Economics, Sports and Health Science, Environmental Science, Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Computer Science and Information Technology and Forensic Science Program. Nowadays, high school students are changing trend to select programs from pure science to applied science. The numbers of student applications to applied science have been increased every year. Researcher found that students are concerned to their career paths and salaries. From SSRU application data (2018) of Faculty of Science and Technology in Thai University Central Admission System (TCAS) round 3, the three highest numbers of applicants were all in Department of Applied Science. Which were Sports and Health Science (190), Home Economics (145) and Computer Science Program (113), respectively. The three highest numbers of applicants in Department of Science were Biology (33), Chemistry (30), and Industrial Microbiology Program (25), consecutively. Moreover, Department of Applied Science had more confirmation percentage of application (40-53%) compared to Department of Science (8-27%). The objective of this study is to find the trends of university application of Faculty of Science and Technology, SSRU in order to use as an analytical data for determining the number of students in each program in the future.