Newcastle uni holds its own among prospective students

The University of Newcastle says itsreputation for excellence in science and engineering is helping to attract some of the best and brightest prospective students from across the country.

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The institution has againexperienced an increase in applications forprograms including engineering, surveying, architecture and industrial design.

“We know that we are operating in a highly competitive marketplace and students rightly consider a range options when they nominate their preferences. We are thrilled that prospective students are recognising that our teaching and research isranked among the best in the worldand they are choosing to study with us,” vice-chancellor Caroline McMillen said.

“To be able to attend one of Australia’s top eight universities is something that increasing numbers of students find highly desirable.”

The universityis alsoholding its own among the region’s school leaversinan increasingly competitive higher education student market place.

More than 80 per cent of this year’soffers have goneto students from the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions.

“The quality of students choosing to study at Newcastle continues to be high,” deputy vice-chancellor, academic, Andrew Parfitt said.

Areas with the largest number of offers were nursing, arts, teaching and business.

A quarter of offers went to applicants with an ATAR of 90.25 or higher.

The median ATAR of applicants who received an offer was 82.75.

More than 10,000 applications were received from those choosing the University of Newcastle as its first preference.

The institution made more than 4100 main round offers on Wednesdaytaking the number of total offers made this year to8399.

While the majority of the main round offers went to school leavers,1126 offers to students who qualified through other paths, such as Open Foundation.

Professor McMillen said the university’scentreofexcellencefor equity in highereducation was a significant nationalasset that other universities were benefiting from.

“We have 40 years experience running enabling programs for students seeking alternative pathways to higher education,” Professor McMillen said.

“Our reputation as a global leader in that space is something that we are extremely proud of.”

The next round of offers for first semester study willoccur Tuesday, February 2.

Applicants have until midnight on Wednesday, January 27 to change preferences to be included in that round of offers.