The University of Newcastle, Australia

UAC Main Round Offers released

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The University of Newcastle (UON) has tonight released 4,136 UAC Main Round Offers to prospective undergraduate students.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the University was delighted to have made a total of 8,399 offers to date to students to commence studies in 2016, reflecting strong interest in our undergraduate academic programs.

"This year our total offers to date included the 4,136 UAC Main Round Offers, as well as 1,126 offers to enabling students and 808 offers to students transferring degree programs, both previously processed through UAC, and 2,329 offers made in a number of early rounds, including our High Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Guaranteed Offer Scheme."

Demand for the University's programs increased to over 10,000 first preferences in 2016, and the total offers made to date are currently comparable to last year.

Professor Parfitt said that with more than 17,500 applications from students across Australia nominating at least one preference for an undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle, interest in UON programs remains strong.

"Around 80 per cent of our offers to date are to students in the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions, cementing our place as the university of choice in our region."

"Importantly, the quality of students choosing to study at Newcastle continues to be high. A quarter of our offers are to applicants with an ATAR of 90.25 or above, and the median ATAR of applicants receiving an offer is 82.75," Professor Parfitt said.

However, Professor Parfitt cautioned that ATAR is not the only indicator of success in higher education, and the University was pleased to participate in the Schools Recommendation Scheme for the first time.  "The University of Newcastle has a proud tradition of both excellence and equity, and many of our degree programs are accessible through a variety of proven pathways, including enabling education and TAFE."

Professor Parfitt said the University's commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education was recognised by the calibre of applicants in these areas, with a strong increase in demand across several programs including engineering, surveying, architecture and industrial design.

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

Professor Parfitt said there had been a strong acceptance rate from early round offers for undergraduate degree programs and encouraged those students with a main round offer to act promptly, by accepting or deferring as soon as possible.  Many degree programs will also remain open for applications in two February offer rounds, so there is still time to apply for entry in 2016.

"For those students who may not have received an offer, or would like to explore their options, the University will hold an Advisory Day at our Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie campuses between 3pm and 6pm on Thursday 21 January, and this is a great opportunity to speak to representatives from the University about options for study and pathways to University, including enabling programs." 

"In particular our proven enabling pathways provide alternative guaranteed entry pathways, and UON has already made over 1,300 enabling offers to date." Places are still available for direct admission to our Open Foundation, Newstep and Yapug enabling programs and our website has further details."

Applicants are strongly encouraged to accept their Main Round Offer without delay by visiting by Wednesday 27 January.

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