Preferences strong to study at UON in 2018

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

More students are seeking to pursue their passion and study a degree program at the University of Newcastle (UON) in 2018, with data released today showing a strong increase in preferences from prospective students.


To date, first preferences from all applicants, including UAC applicants, internal transfers and Enabling programs to undergraduate programs are up 5.5 per cent.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor Liz Burd, said it was wonderful to see strong interest in UON’s programs, particularly in the science, business and law, and engineering fields of study, as well as new programs such as medical engineering.

“We are especially pleased to see that the number of school leavers who have chosen the University of Newcastle as their first choice to study has increased by 8 per cent.

“With a number of new programs launching in 2018, including our NSW-first Bachelor of Medical Engineering program, students have even greater opportunity to pursue their interest in the careers and fields that will become increasingly relevant to the global marketplace.”

Demand for business and law programs has also been strong, driven by the University’s landmark NeW Space education precinct in the Newcastle CBD, which houses the Faculty of Business and Law and School of Creative Industries.

Professor Burd said UON was a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning that combined contemporary academic programs with real-world experiences.

“Students who choose to pursue their study with UON have access to world-class, industry-engaged programs with flexible modes of delivery across campuses in Newcastle, the Central Coast, Port Macquarie and Sydney.

“Ninety-five per cent of our degrees offer work-integrated learning opportunities, ensuring our graduates are highly competitive and armed with real-world experience to demonstrate to potential employers.

“We look forward to offering further opportunities to prospective students to enable them to make their mark on the world.”

Applications for university study through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) opened on 2 August with UAC this year offering an extra offer round after ATAR release and before Christmas.

Institutions also process applications directly and through interstate tertiary admission centres.

With ATARs released on 15 December from 9am, all school leavers – including those who do better than expected, or need a plan B - can attend a Future Students Info Session at UON’s Callaghan, Newcastle city, Port Macquarie or Central Coast campuses.

“I encourage you to come on campus and talk to our team about our degrees, changing preferences, scholarships, accommodation and alternative entry options,” Professor Burd said.

Prospective students can also join a Q&A session run by our student ambassadors on the UON Future Students page to ask questions on a range of topics including degree options, bonus points, change of preferences, alternative entry schemes, accommodation and scholarships.

There will still be a January offer round but as more offers will now be made in December, there will no longer be the concept of a January ‘Main Round’. UAC expects most offers will be made in December and January.

Top 10 most popular programs (first preferences) – all campuses:

1 Bachelor of Nursing

2 Bachelor of Medical Science/D Medicine

3 Bachelor of Education (Primary)

4 Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

5 Combined Law degree (H)

6 Bachelor of Business

7 Bachelor of Psychological Science

8 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (H)

9 Bachelor of Midwifery

10 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (H)

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