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Why is your La Trobe preference important?

After you receive your ATAR you may decide to rearrange or add new preferences. By listing the courses you are most passionate about in order from the top, you’ll let selectors know the order of preferences you most want to study.

That’s why it’s important to choose a uni that gives you the study options, skills and industry experience to succeed.

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Looking to take the next step but not sure where to start? Our preference hub is designed to help you calculate your ATAR and explore your course options into your dream course. You can also find the answer to your preference questions or contact us directly.

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Make La Trobe your #1

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Why preference La Trobe?


Learn from both online and on-campus study, in a way that suits you.

Course flexibility

Choose majors and find pathways that get you where you want to go.

High-quality online courses

Study online and get world-class education and support wherever you are.

Regional Support Program

Study online regionally and access local work placements and benefits.

Industry Experience

Gain valuable work placements with industry and community partners.

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Preference support and pathway events

Want to know more about our courses? Have questions about your preferences? Discover everything about life and study at La Trobe at our webinars.

Frequently asked questions

No. You should always list your courses in order of your preference. You should list your dream course as number one, your next favourite as number two, and so on. When offers are released, you’ll receive an offer for the highest eligible course on your list. If you don’t list courses in your preferred order, you might miss out on your dream course.

For VTAC applications, your ATAR is released on Thursday 16 December. You can change, reorder, add or remove courses to your preference list until Monday 20 December 2021 at 4pm.

For IB (International Baccalaureate) applicants, ATARs will be released on Monday 3 January 2022 at 3pm. IB students will have until Tuesday 4 January 2022 at 4pm to change, reorder, add or remove courses on your preferences list.

For VCE and IB applicants, VTAC January offer rounds for university courses will be released on Friday 14 January 2022. Once you receive your offer, make sure you accept and enrol as soon as possible. You’ll still be eligible to continue to receive offers in later rounds.

The UAC key dates and fees may vary, so please visit their website for more information.

If you didn’t get the ATAR or entry requirements for your dream course, we have a huge range of similar courses that might lead you into your dream course in future. We call these pathway options.

For example, if the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is your dream course, then our recommended pathway course would be the Diploma of Teacher Education. After one year, you can apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and still complete your degree in 4 years.

Pathway courses should be included in your eight preferences to ensure you’re on the right path if you aren’t offered your first preference.

You can also view our pathways or attend an information webinar on Thursday 16 December or Friday 17 December.

To be considered for an offer into a Bachelor's degree or Diploma, you must satisfy the prerequisites for that course. This may be a minimum study score in English or EAL, or it could be other subjects related to your course.

Subject prerequisites for each course can be found via find a course.

Scores listed for prerequisite studies are VCE raw study scores, not the VTAC scaled study scores. How are subjects scaled?

If you haven’t met the prerequisite qualifications, we recommend attending an information webinar or contacting us to discuss pathway options.

If you didn’t receive the ATAR needed to meet the conditions of your Aspire offer, it’s still possible to receive an offer through the regular selection process. This is because Aspire minimum ATAR requirements refers to raw ATAR scores, before adjustment factors are applied.

For example, let’s say you receive an Aspire offer for the Bachelor of Business, and receive an ATAR of 46. While you would not meet the conditions of your Aspire offer, you may be eligible for adjustment factors (such as SEAS) and may still receive an offer for the course through the regular selection process.

You could also apply for Second Chance Aspire to change your Aspire conditional offer to a course in which you meet the requirements. Second Chance Aspire will be open during the change of preference period:

  • VCE students: applications open Thursday 16 December, and close Friday 17 December at 11.59pm.
  • IB Students: applications open Monday 3 January, and close Tuesday 4 January at 12pm.
  • HSC students: applications open Thursday 20 January, and close Friday 21 January at 11.59pm.

Note: Second Chance Aspire is only available to students with an existing Aspire conditional offer.

To confirm your Aspire conditional offer, you need to list it as your 'highest eligible preference' through VTAC/UAC. That means the Aspire offer will need to be listed as the highest course on your preference list where you meet all admission criteria. Therefore, if you receive an offer for a course higher on your preference list than your Aspire offer, that new course will become your formal offer.

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