Fastest growth in VTAC first preferences

Fastest growth in VTAC first preferences

09 Dec 2009

Late pop poll results confirm La Trobe as fastest growing university in VTAC first preferences

generic-studentSTNDLate pop poll results have confirmed that more students are choosing courses at La Trobe for their first preference with the University’s regional campuses proving exceptionally popular.

La Trobe’s share of late pop poll first preferences have risen by 16%.

La Trobe’s regional campuses in Victoria saw strong first preference growth and  growth in preferences 1-4. Shepparton campus results showed a stunning 59% growth in first preferences with 157% growth for preferences 1-4. Albury-Wodonga campus showed growth of 43% for first preferences and 63% growth in preferences 1-4.

Bendigo campus first preference growth was 36% and 21% for preferences 1-4, and Mildura campus showed growth of 34% for first preferences and 45% for preference 1-4.

‘La Trobe announced a bold Regional Strategy early this year, which confirmed the University’s commitment to the growth of its regional campuses and surrounding communities. It is very encouraging that students from Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura are giving La Trobe their first preferences in such strong numbers,' said La Trobe Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson.

Late pop poll results reveal the Bachelor of Arts course based at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora has leapt from 51st to 33rd in the list of Victoria’s most popular courses.  The Arts course saw a massive 38% increase in first preferences this year.

 Physiotherapy and nursing at Bendigo campus saw increases of 11% and 12% respectively while dentistry saw its first preferences more than double. The dentistry course jumped from Victoria's 59th most popular course in 2009 to the state's 18th most popular in 2010.

'The late pop poll VTAC data underscores the dynamism of the educational programs at La Trobe," said Professor Johnson.

'The 34% increase in first preference demand for Health Sciences also stands out and shows the popularity of the recently introduced common first year and the boost the University has received with the announcement of the $89 million La Trobe Rural Health School in Bendigo,’ said Professor Johnson.

'La Trobe is committed to expanding higher education opportunities to a broader spectrum of society than in the past and I am delighted that this message is now reaching the wider community,' said Professor Johnson.  


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