First preference boost for La Trobe

First preference boost for La Trobe

05 Nov 2009

Early VTAC 2009 preference data released today has revealed that more students are choosing courses at La Trobe, with regional campuses proving particularly popular.

La Trobe’s share of first preferences rose by 15%.

Bendigo CampusThe Bachelor of Arts course based at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora saw a massive 44% increase in first preferences. Physiotherapy and nursing at Bendigo campus saw increases of 11% and 12% respectively while dentistry saw its first preferences more than double.

'I am delighted with the preliminary VTAC first preference data released today because it underscores the sense of renewal and growth La Trobe is now experiencing and look forward to this being confirmed in the final results," said Professor Tim Brown, Acting Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University.

'The 34% increase in first preference demand for Health Sciences is a stand out number, 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 Brown.

La Trobe’s regional campuses in Victoria saw strong first preference growth of 37.9% and 32.4% growth in preferences 1-4. Albury-Wodonga campus results are particularly impressive with growth of 42% for first preference and 65% growth in preferences 1-4.

‘La Trobe announced a Regional Strategy early this year, which confirmed the University’s commitment to its regional campuses and surrounding communities. Students from Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura have responded to our pledge with their preferences,' he said.

Total campus first preferences for Bendigo were up 38%, Albury-Wodonga 42%, Shepparton 57% and Mildura campus 25%.

'It is unmistakable that something new and exciting is happening at La Trobe. We are 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 Brown.  

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