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The University of Melbourne Arts and Science degrees remain the most popular courses in Victoria, as measured by first preference applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

The courses received 2829 and 2365 first preferences respectively, while the University’s Bachelor of Commerce was the fourth most popular course in the state, receiving 1421 first round preferences.

The popularity of the courses has seen the Arts Clearly in Rank increase to 91.4, while the Clearly in Rank for Science increased to 91.95.

The University has made 6501 offers to students this year, 318 more than last year.

Offers to students through the Access Melbourne program increased from 2155 in 2012 to 2278 in 2013, offering more students from disadvantaged backgrounds a place at the University.

The University also increased its offers to high achieving students under the Chancellor’s Scholars program for those with an ATAR of 99.9 and above, up from 92 last year to 124 this year.

Offers to students from interstate also increased, up 13% to 1114.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Sue Elliott said while Arts and Science continued to be popular among incoming students, the Bachelor of Agriculture had also experienced a strong increase in popularity.

“We are delighted to see the continued increase in interest in our Science degree, which provided the highest number of offers of any course in the state (1941) after receiving such a large number of first preferences,” she said.

“This is an outstanding outcome and is a further endorsement of the renewed interest in the study of science.

“We have also seen a strong increase in interest in the study of Agriculture this year with the number of offers made up 87% to 90.”

The Bachelor of Environments had the largest number of increases offering a place to108 more students in 2013 than in 2012.

Commerce also had a large increase in the number of offers made, with 91 more places offered this year than in 2012..