Uni days ahead for Woonona High best friends

If all goes to plan when university offers are released tonight, best friends Chrystal Phillips and Emily Osborne will be off to study the same University of Wollongong degree later this year.

A shared passion for science and social conscience led the high-achieving Woonona pair to select a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Advanced) as their first university preference.

They are among more than 85,000 Australian students waiting to find out if they will receive a main-round university offer at 9pm tonight.

Both former Woonona High School girls received UOW's selective entry late last year - Chrystal for a Bachelor of Science and Emily for the medicinal chemistry degree.

They also performed well in their Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks - with Chrystal receiving 93.25 and Emily receiving 88.1 - so are quietly confident they will soon be planning a timetable of shared lectures and tutorials.

Emily said she was looking forward to having her best mate by her side.

"I'm really excited and I don't think I ever expected to be going through uni with someone who I'm that close to," the 17-year-old said.

"It will be good to have someone there to back me up and someone I can rely on if I'm having any trouble with classes."

Chrystal said she was excited about facing the challenges of university life together.

"I've heard a lot about uni life and all the opportunities," she said.

"I will probably end up joining the chemistry society and I'm really excited about the new experience of lectures, tutorials and practical classes."

University Admissions Centre information services director Kim Paino said universities would make 72,089 offers by tonight, which included offers from earlier rounds - an increase of almost 2000 offers compared with this time last year.

A complete list of UOW offers will be available at illawarramercury.com.au from 8am tomorrow.

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