Jump in demand from non-school leavers to study at UQ

More than 9500 prospective students have now been offered places to study at The University of Queensland in 2021.

Email offers were sent to 4073 students today in the latest Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) round.

In the first year Queensland school leavers received ATAR scores, the average for UQ admissions was 91.8, again making UQ the destination of choice for the state’s high achievers.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright congratulated those who have received offers, including a larger than normal cohort of non-school leavers.

“There has been particularly strong interest this year from people turning to study to enhance their career prospects,” Professor Wright said.

“UQ’s first preferences from non-school leavers were 12 per cent higher than last year.

“We’re also experiencing higher acceptance rates than normal as fewer students take a gap year to travel.”

Professor Tracy Humphrey, Head of the UQ School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, said increased interest in health programs was encouraging.

“As we have seen in other countries, COVID-19 has the potential to place tremendous pressure on the health workforce,” Professor Humphrey said.

“UQ is committed to playing a critical part in educating and training exceptional health workers alongside our industry partners and we’re proud to welcome those students keen to take up the challenge.”

Alongside Nursing and Midwifery, there has been demand for Engineering, Law, Computer Science and Psychological Science this year.

The University will continue to accept applications and changes of preference for many courses in ‘top up’ offer rounds.

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