In the result of the change of political and economic system in Poland the problem of social inequalities has receded into the background, attracting little attention of contemporary researchers. This has led to a situation where it is even difficult to determine the percentage of young people from rural areas that study at Poland' universities. It is obvious that the place of residence is one of the most important factors determining the individual's access to education. It is not only interesting from the scientific point of view but also socially important to establish from which groups of the population the present university students come and how the process of their allocation to individual faculties looks like. Among the tendencies observable at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun one seems to be particularly noteworthy - young people from rural areas most often study at departments which attract fewer candidates or at departments which are considered to be traditional and less prestigious. Young people from urban areas, in turn, study mainly at departments that are currently fashionable, popular and offer good prospects for finding a well-paid job in the future. Difficult exams and strong competition from other candidates are not an obstacle for urban youth.
K. Wasielewski, Instytut Rozwoju Wsi i Rolnictwa PAN, ul. Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland.
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