The University of Melbourne has made a milestone number of offers to interstate and Indigenous students for 2016, according to the latest Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) data, released today.

The University has provided 2059 offers to interstate applicants, up from more than 1700 offers last year. Indigenous applications also hit a new five-year high, with 68 offers made, up from under 50.

In total, 7794 students received a University of Melbourne offer today, up from 7544 offers in 2015.

Provost Professor Margaret Sheil said the results highlight the positive outcomes being achieved as a result of the University’s strategic planning.  “In the latest Growing Esteem strategy we made a strong commitment to increase the number of Indigenous students on campus, so today’s results are particularly pleasing on this front.”

“Likewise, our enhanced investment in student accommodation options close to the University – such as the recently completed development in Leicester Street - is making a Melbourne offer even more attractive to interstate students. Because of this increased capacity, quality accommodation opportunities close to campus remain available as we approach the start of Semester 1.”

We’re very happy that the number of students choosing to come to Melbourne from interstate is on the rise”

“That we can also count a record number of Chancellors Scholars on the offer list – 158 in total - just caps off a fantastic day.”

“We’re thrilled with the overall result and are excited about welcoming a new cohort of Melbourne students to our campuses in a few months time.”

In total, more than 57,000 students received first-round offers from VTAC today. As in 2015, the Bachelor of Science remains the University’s most popular undergraduate course.