The number of students applying for courses at the North West Regional College has jumped by over 10%.
As the new academic year gets under way, there have been around 700 additional applications lodged at campuses across Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady.
There is also expected to be a last minute rush this week which will further boost the number of enrolments.
It emerged last week the college will start the year with a revamped board of governors. Over £1m is also set to be ploughed into revamping the College Strabane campus.
A college spokesman said: “Building on the student successes from 2011-12 will be top priority for the college.
“Highlights from the previous year included Strabane girl Lynsey McGarrigle who completed the HND Textiles course with distinctions in every module, the first time this has ever occurred on the course.
“Fellow student Oliver Doherty saw his fashion designs attracting the attention of Florence Welch from Florence & the Machine, as well as finishing runner-up in RTE’s Craftsmaster competition.”
The NWRC spokesman added: “Without the experience, hard work and dedication of the college’s teaching staff, these students would not have achieved their potential. From the support staff who assist students with application, financial assistance and pastoral care, to the lecturers who bring their experience to the course subjects they teach, students are welcomed into a learning environment designed to help them achieve.”
To find out more about course places visit any campus, call 028 7127 6000 or visit www.nwrc.ac.uk.