7 reasons why choosing La Trobe is a clever move

7 reasons why choosing La Trobe is a clever move

There are many great reasons to pursue further study: to broaden your mind, advance your skills, specialise in your area of interest and increase your earning and career potential. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to choose the when, how – or the where.

If you’re considering taking the next step in your career, here are seven compelling reasons why you should choose La Trobe.

 1. We’re top ranking

We’re ranked in the world’s top 300  by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

We’re the leading Australian university for sport-related teaching and research*; in the world’s top 100 for archaeology and nursing (2018 QS rankings); and the only university in Australia for agricultural and veterinary science research that is rated ‘well above the world standard’ in three separate fields of research in this area – to name just a few.

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2. We’ve a strong international, national and regional reputation

We are internationally renowned for our academic excellence and innovation.

 The third oldest university in the state, we are among the top 100 universities worldwide under 50 years of age (Times Higher Education Rankings 2018); one of Australia’s research leaders; and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria.

We’re proud that the majority of our regional graduates develop careers locally, reducing the exodus of young people to capital cities, helping to build stronger communities in regional Australia.

Our highly respected teaching and research is celebrated for addressing some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change to benefit the communities we serve.

3. Our graduates are highly employable

We have a long history of establishing mutually beneficial relationships with government, private business, community groups and schools that deliver exceptional results and open doors for our students.

Our industry partnerships, for example, open doors to placements and practical learning from guest industry leaders, to give our students the best opportunity to graduate career-ready.

Many of our courses have been accredited by industry peak bodies and designed in close consultation with industry leaders to meet industry demands. As such, our graduates are highly sought after.

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4. We offer flexible study offers to suit you

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their career goals through further education. Yet, we understand not everyone has easy access – whether they’re juggling family responsibilities and work or are located far away from our campuses.

To meet the various needs of our students, we offer a range of flexible study options including online study, blended learning, distance learning and flexible timetable, such as evening and weekend classes**.

You can also take advantage of part-time study or accelerated learning options to study at your own pace and to suit your schedule.

5. You’re equipped with high quality resources 

We offer state-of-the-art facilities at all seven of our campuses, which stretch from Sydney to Bendigo to Albury-Wodonga.

At our Melbourne campus, which is our biggest, our world-class facilities include our gait laboratory, nursing simulation room, TV and radio studio, Upstart journalism network, on-campus podiatry clinic, molecular science institute, wildlife sanctuary, one-button studios and a range of renowned research centres and institutes.

Importantly, our library is a leading academic library operating as one service across all campuses and offering students access to more than 2 million print and digital items including books, journals, international newspapers, audio-visual materials and academic journal article databases.

We’re about to debut a $150million Sports Park, which will feature world-class teaching and research areas, eight-court indoor multisport stadium and strength and conditioning training, which will strengthen our reputation as Australia’s number one university for sports-related teaching and research. Additionally, we have free on-campus wifi and computer halls.

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6. Our Melbourne campus is in an affordable area of the world’s most liveable city

Melbourne consistently ranks as the world’s most liveable city, and is the country’s capital for arts, sport and nightlife. Studying at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora allows you to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Located in the heart of the city’s northern suburbs, our Melbourne campus is just 14km from the city centre in an affordable pocket of Victoria’s capital. Students love the stunning greenery of the campus, the unique artwork and sculptures and the village vibe – with plenty of cafes, eateries and even a bar on campus. Northland Shopping centre and Polaris are a stone’s throw away.

7. Great, supportive environment

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor John Dewar said it best: ‘I’m very proud of the fact that La Trobe is, once again, recognised as one of the world’s leading universities – but even more pleased that we have achieved this while remaining one of Australia’s most accessible and diverse institutions.’

We take great pride in providing a diverse, friendly, supportive and safe learning environment for all our students. We offer a range of on-campus support services, such as chaplaincy, LGBTQI community, Muslim prayer rooms, gender neutral bathrooms, access and support for people with disabilities. We also have a huge range of student organisations, so students can meet others with similar interests and cultures.

Further, we offer a free bike share program, and secure bike storage for those who ride to campus (along Darebin Trail Creek, is a stunning way to start the day). The Melbourne campus is also accessible by train, tram and bus, and we offer plenty of car parks.

Lastly, the campus has a peaceful atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to unwind from your studies. You can wander through our gardens past captivating artwork; stroll along the moat spotting duck families and turtles; or take-in the stunning scenery of our Wildlife Sanctuary where you may spot emus and kangaroos.

Now you’re in the know, what are you waiting for?

Get in touch with us about your course preferences or with help accepting an offer.


* 2015 ERA ranking of 5 for our Field of Research code 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science research
** for certain courses – ask us for details.

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