Young leaders Aspire to La Trobe study

La Trobe University has for the first time made conditional offers to 26 mature age students as part of its popular Aspire early admissions program.

La Trobe has made a total of 1,949 early offers for 2017 courses from 2,200 Aspire program applicants, a 16 per cent increase on last year.

The program recognises and rewards the volunteering and community service of applicants and helps prospective students secure a place at La Trobe University even before they complete their Year 12 exams.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the Aspire program aimed to support the efforts of inspiring young people to study at La Trobe University. Applications have come from across Australia and, for the first time, New Zealand.

“Through their dedication to volunteering those students selected for the 2017 intake have displayed outstanding leadership, communication and people skills – all the characteristics we look for in our students and employers look for in their workforce,” Professor Dewar said.

“Aspire students are already great community leaders. They will continue to make a difference here at La Trobe and go on to forge successful careers as industry leaders in a wide range of professions across Victoria and the world.”

Research into Aspire students’ academic results since the program’s inception in 2015 has shown that on average, they are out performing other students, which reinforces the success of the program.

“This year, students have been involved in volunteering for organisations including Duke of Edinburgh, Relay for Life, Country Fire Authority and Red Cross,” Professor Dewar said.

Aspire students are invited to now take part in an enrichment program for the rest of the year that supports them through the final stages of high school and prepares them for life at La Trobe.

The enrichment program offers:

  • VCE revision lectures to be held in the 2016 September school holidays
  • Mentoring from a La Trobe student ambassador
  • Access to the La Trobe Library on all campuses
  • Invitation to a 'Welcome to La Trobe' event
  • Various on-campus events and activities.

La Trobe’s Allied Health courses were the most popular amongst Aspire’s 2,200 applicants for 2017 with 273 students applying for Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy practice, 136 for Bachelor of Nursing and 130 for Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery.

Over a third of Aspire’s applicants are interested in courses from the College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce, with a significant interest in Bachelors of Commerce, Law and Arts.

For more information on the La Trobe Aspire early admissions click here.

Media contact:  Michelle Zydower 0423 028 564

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