The University of Newcastle has tonight released 8,096 Main Round Offers to prospective undergraduate students.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parfitt, said to date the University had made a total of 8,410 offers to students to commence studies next month, an increase of 65 on 2012.

“Importantly, 25 per cent of our offers are to applicants with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, and the median ATAR of applicants receiving an offer is 83.  This is testimony to the quality of students choosing to study at Newcastle.”

“There were more than 19,200 applications from students across Australia with at least one preference for an undergraduate degree at Newcastle, indicating a high degree of interest in our programs.

“Our first preferences are up by two per cent on last year and 79 per cent of the University’s 2013 offers were to students from the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions.

“The Joint Medical Program (Bachelor of Medicine) continues to attract most preferences.  Just over 3,000 people applied for 170 places (110 at Newcastle and 60 at the University of New England).”

Professor Parfitt said the calibre of the University’s science programs was also recognised with a strong increase in demand for entry into the Bachelor of Science at the Callaghan campus.

“First preferences for this program increased by 38 per cent on 2012 figures,” he said.  “In other areas we have also seen notable increases in demand, including growth of more than 20 per cent in first preferences for our Bachelor of Social Work program. Newcastle’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy again experienced enormous demand, with the minimum ATAR of 96.05 the second highest for this degree in NSW.”

The top three degree programs at Newcastle in terms of offers made were:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to accept their Main Round Offer without delay by visiting by Wednesday 23 January.

University wide:

Total number of offers: 8,410 (Commonwealth Supported Places)

  • 40 per cent school leavers
  • 60 per cent non-school leavers

* This figure does not include offers made to international students

Breakdown of offers:

Callaghan campus

Number of offers: 6,678

Central Coast campus

Number of offers: 1,458

Port Macquarie campus

Number of offers: 177

Distance education

Number of offers: 97

Top five

The top five degree programs by number of offers are in the areas of nursing, arts, teaching, business and science.

Faculty breakdown

Offers across the University’s five faculties are:

Business and Law: 873 offers

Education and Arts: 2,660 offers

Engineering and Built Environment: 1,085 offers

Health: 2,113 offers

Science and Information Technology: 1,675 offers

Total number of programs offered across all campuses:  87

Offers to students who have completed a preparation (enabling) course at the University of Newcastle: 

  • 938 offers to applicants who have completed the Open Foundation program at the University. Open Foundation is a program for people who have been out of the education system and hope to study in an undergraduate degree program in the future.
  • 452 offers to applicants who completed the Newstep program at the University. Newstep is a similar program to Open Foundation, aimed at 17 – 21 year olds. 
  • 12 offers to applicants who completed the Yapug program at the University. Yapug is a similar program to Open Foundation and Newstep, aimed at Indigenous peoples.

University Advisory Day

The University of Newcastle will hold an Advisory Day on Thursday 17 January 2013 for all prospective students, including those who did not receive a Main Round Offer from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Representatives from the University and TAFE NSW will be available to discuss options for study and pathways to University, including enabling programs.

  • Newcastle campus, 3pm – 6pm in the Great Hall
  • Central Coast campus, 3pm – 6pm in the Tourism and Hospitality building
  • Port Macquarie campus, 3pm – 6pm in A Block

Prospective students who cannot attend the Advisory Day can visit or call 02 4921 5000 for more information.

Late Round:

Change of preferences for consideration in the Late Round of offers close on Wednesday 23 January 2013.  Late Round offers will be made on Wednesday 30 January.

Final Round:

Applications through UAC for consideration in the Final Round of offers close on Thursday 31 January 2013.  Final Round Offers will be made on Wednesday 6 February.

Read the news coverage in today’s Newcastle Herald.