VTAC first round offers

La Trobe University has boosted first round offers to Year 12 students by 3.4% compared with last year.

Students studyingThe largest increases in total offers were for courses in the Faculty of Education (31% more than last year) and Faculty of Law and Management (34%). 

In regional Victoria, the Shepparton campus, where the University recently opened a new $10m building, increased offers for courses by 15%.

As part of La Trobe’s re-design of academic programs, exciting new courses for 2011 include a new and unique degree in Outreach and Community Education which integrates social work and teaching; Health Sciences and Dietetic Practice; Sports Journalism; and Wildlife & Conservation Biology.

The University’s top ten course offerings were Arts, Health Sciences, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Business and Psychological Science, all based in Melbourne, Education at Bendigo, Law (graduate entry), and Animal and Veterinary Biosciences in Melbourne, and Nursing in Bendigo.

However, despite continuing strong demand for its courses – first preferences for Commonwealth supported places were up 5.5% on last year – the University has opted to slow enrolment growth overall after substantial over enrolment last year, when offers were increased by almost 30 percent. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), Professor John Rosenberg, said while the Commonwealth cap on enrolments was still in place it imposed a significant budgetary consideration on universities.

‘So the modest decrease in offers for 2011 and increases in the “Clearly-in ATAR” for most of La Trobe’s courses is part of our long-term strategy, and sits within La Trobe’s target of an annual five per cent growth in student numbers.’

This strategy, he said, aimed for significant expansion by 2025 of La Trobe as a multi-campus institution of up to 35,000 students in Melbourne’s north and regional Victoria.

Professor Rosenberg said while this year’s enrolment process still had a long way to run with subsequent round offers, a feature apparent at this stage was a reduction in offers to mature age and non-traditional students.

‘This could well be linked to strong improvement in the Australian economy since the Global Financial Crisis.’

Contact: Mark Pearce: (03) 9479 5246 or Ernest Raetz: (03) 9479 2315.