A record number of Scots have applied for a place at university.
New figures from admissions service Ucas show that 43,910 people have applied this year, 2% up on last year and the highest figure ever recorded.
The vast majority of Scots want to study north of the border and the total number of applications to Scottish universities, including from the rest of the UK and overseas, has risen by 2% to a record high of 113,030.
Dundee University has seen a surge in the number of applications from would-be students.
A spokesman said: “We are not only seeing a rise in applications, which at the end of June was running at between 4% and 5% for Dundee, but we have also increased the numbers of offers we are making to prospective students and are already seeing higher rates of acceptances to those offers.
“Dundee was of course ranked number one in Scotland again for student experience and in the UK top five and we look forward to welcoming our new students later this year.”
St Andrews University was unable to supply figures, but a spokesman said: “We are expecting our largest ever intake class of Scottish students.”
More than 29,000 people living in England have applied for a place at a Scottish university, up from 25,000 two years ago.
Applications to English universities remain well below the totals seen before the introduction of tuition fees.
Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said: “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Scottish students continue to have access to higher education based on the ability to learn rather than the ability to pay, and we have made clear that this will continue in an independent Scotland.
“We have taken action to protect places for Scottish-domiciled students and ensure that Scotland is seen as the right place to study and not just the cheap option.
“Scotland’s universities are among the best in the world and today’s record figures show they are continuing to thrive.”