NURSING, medicine and education have topped the first preference list for students applying to the University of Newcastle, the latest statistics show.
University figures reveal the Bachelor of Nursing claimed top spot in first preferences through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) so far ahead of medical science and bachelor degrees in both primary and secondary education.
The top ten is rounded out by a combined law degree and bachelors in business, psychological science, physiotherapy, midwifery and occupational therapy.
The top 10 first preference picks
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Medical Science/D Medicine
- Bachelor of Education (Primary)
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
- Combined Law degree (H)
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Psychological Science
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (H)
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Occupation Therapy
Pro vice-chancellor (teaching and learning) Professor Liz Burd said the first preference applications to date reflected an increase on last year’s numbers.
First preference from all applicants has risen 5.5 per cent year-on-year.
“We are also especially pleased to see that the number of school leavers who have chosen the University of Newcastle as their first choice has increased by 8 per cent,” she said.
ATARs will be released on December 15 from 9am, with most offers made this month or in January.
Students with higher marks than expected or seeking a back-up plan are also encouraged to attend a future students’ information session at one of the campuses.