Universities in Scotland are predicting few places for pupils making last-minute bids for courses starting this year under the clearing system.
Clearing, a system run by the university admissions service Ucas, matches students with remaining places.
But admissions officers have said demand outstrips supply for the places, which become available on Tuesday when pupils get their exam results.
More than 160,000 young Scots will get their results on Tuesday.
Traditionally applicants who narrowly fail to secure the Higher passes they needed for their first choice course, can enter the clearing system to try for alternative courses.
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