La Trobe boosts first round offers
La Trobe University has made an average of 29 per cent more first round offers than last year – 6,133, compared with 4,751 in 2009.
On the main Melbourne campus at Bundoora the University made 4,149 offers, compared with 3,337 the previous year – an increase of 24.3%.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Future Students), Professor John Rosenberg, said all faculties offered significantly more places than last year in order to provide the maximum opportunity for students to come to La Trobe early in the enrolment process.
The increase in offers is consistent with an annual five per cent growth in student numbers proposed under the University’s new Strategic Plan which aims for significant expansion, creating a multi-campus institution of up to 35,000 students in Melbourne’s north and regional Victoria by the year 2025.
Much of the growth in student numbers is expected from non-traditional students in line with government objectives to boost higher education rates.
The greatest increases were in the Faculty of Education with an increase of 52.6% (357 places were offered) and Faculty of Health Sciences, up nearly 40% on last year with 2,173 places offered.
In line with La Trobe’s new Regional Strategy launched last year, the boost in first round offers on regional campuses has been far greater – an overall increase of more than 40 per cent - 1,984 places compared with only 1,414 last year.
The largest increase was at the Albury-Wodonga campus with 273 offers - 57.8% up on last year.
Shepparton is offering 88 places, up 44.3%; Mildura 163, up 41.7%; and Bendigo, with the largest regional intake, is offering 1,460 places, up 37.1%.
Professor Rosenberg said that with its open culture, commitment to learning for all, and geographic reach, La Trobe is well placed to expand student participation across both the metropolitan area and regional Victoria.
The increased offers follow last year’s VTAC late pop poll which confirmed La Trobe as the fastest growing university in VTAC first preferences – with a rise of 16%. Regional campuses proved exceptionally popular.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said it was very encouraging that students were giving La Trobe their first preferences in such strong numbers, underscoring the dynamism of the University’s educational programs.
‘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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