Students poised for success with 2021 study offers

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After a year of significant disruptions, online study and delayed exams, this afternoon VTAC released University of Melbourne offers to 7057 students. Photo credit: University of Melbourne

The University’s Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce are the most popular courses in Victoria according to Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) figures released today.

After a year of significant disruptions, online study and delayed exams, this afternoon VTAC released University of Melbourne offers to 7057 students.

Five courses at the University of Melbourne – Science, Arts, Commerce, Biomedicine and Design – are ranked in the top 10 most popular courses in Victoria.

The 7057 students offered places include 2210 who received offers for the Bachelor of Science and 1703 for the Bachelor of Arts.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Gregor Kennedy said the University had attracted many high achieving students from diverse backgrounds, with the five largest undergraduate degrees – Science, Arts, Commerce, Biomedicine and Design – all receiving applications from students with ATARs of 99.90 or higher.

“After what has been a truly extraordinary year for Year 12 students, we are absolutely delighted to see that so many talented, high achieving students from all backgrounds want to come and be a part of what the University of Melbourne has to offer,”  Professor Kennedy said.

“Through our collaborations with the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct and research networks across all faculties, our institution has been at the forefront of researching and developing solutions to the global challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on society.

"We look forward to being able to welcome all these dedicated and inquisitive new students to our community across our many campuses where they will have the opportunity to contribute to solving real-world problems and learn from and work with an international community of diverse thinkers.

"The high number of applications shows that the community understands not just the benefits of higher education, but also the joys that the pursuit of knowledge brings.”

Responding to the increased difficult circumstances and personal hardships that students and their families have faced as a result of the pandemic, 5519 applicants were eligible for Access Melbourne and/or Year 11/12 Special Consideration, compared to 3556 last year, an increase of 55 per cent.

“Our Access Melbourne scholarship ensures that more students from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds are able to attend University,” Professor Kennedy said.

"Extending the number of places in our Access Melbourne scheme­­­ is not only the appropriate thing to do given the year our prospective students have had, but it is an important aspect of creating a more diverse student cohort – something which benefits all.”

Professor Kennedy reminded students still looking to secure course entry that applications for February Round 1 are now open and provide an opportunity to change preferences and attain their preferred degree.