MORE than 3,000 new students are to start at Huddersfield University this month.
And their arrival will push student numbers back up to the levels of three years ago.
It is expected there will be more than 18,000 in total.
The university's term starts on Monday, September 20, and new - and old - students are busy searching for accommodation and signing up for courses.
The university says the number of young people embarking on student life is increasing.
Phil Williams, the university's Press officer, said student numbers had returned to the level they were at in 2001, before they took a major dip in 2002 and 2003.
About 3,000 new undergraduates have already signed up at the university - and more are expected before term starts.
The most popular subjects are health studies, law, music, media subjects - particularly a new course, media with sports journalism.
Design courses were also popular.
The least popular subjects are sciences, computing and engineering.
Mr Williams said: "We get some quality students in those areas, but there are not many of them."
He added: "We are particularly pleased that law is doing well, as it has been through a bad time for the past few years."