University of Melbourne welcomes 2020 students

Two students walk on the University of Melbourne campus
The University of Melbourne once again welcomes students from all backgrounds to its vibrant academic community.

The University of Melbourne is delighted to offer places to the first round of undergraduate students for 2020, including many students who received places through the University’s Access Melbourne equity program.

A total of 4024 university places have been offered to students from Victoria and Queensland, with a second wave of places to be offered to students from other states in January.

Of the 1748 applicants who met the criteria for at least one Access Melbourne category, 20 were Indigenous applicants and 377 were guaranteed offers through the Access Melbourne background guarantee for students from regional Australia and lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The University’s Graduate Degree Packages – a new suite of degrees offered for the first time in 2019 that provide guaranteed pathways to a range of professional master’s degrees – continue to be popular.

The University offered more than 700 scholarships, including 80 Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarships to high achieving students, 225 Melbourne Principals’ Scholarships to talented students from Victoria, and over 200 Melbourne Access Scholarships to support students who are experiencing difficult circumstances.

The University was also pleased with the demand for courses from international students and made eight percent more offers to international students who applied through VTAC this round compared to 2018.

In 2020 a new Student Life program will be introduced across the University’s campuses to ensure the University continues to provide an exciting and supportive undergraduate student experience.

The program involves initiatives such as an academic advising program providing all students with an academic advisor, a comprehensive peer mentoring program, and commencement ceremonies recognising first-year student achievement.

For the first time in 2020, a new accommodation guarantee will ensure all full-time equivalent undergraduate students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation from the University.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Undergraduate) Richard James said the University has already attracted many high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds.

“We’re delighted that so many talented students from all walks of life want to come and be part of what the University offers – a stimulating and enriching environment that fosters excellence and prepares tomorrow’s leaders,” Professor James said.

“The University of Melbourne offers outstanding teaching for students at our main Parkville campus and at our other locations around Victoria. Next year we look forward to rolling out our new Student Life program, which will help provide an exciting and successful transition to university life and ensure the University of Melbourne student experience is second to none.”

Professor James said more course offers would be made to students around Australia once other states release study scores in January.

“Once again the University of Melbourne is pleased to welcome students from all backgrounds to our vibrant academic community,” he said.