UNSW increases offers for study in 2016

We’ve seen extraordinary demand from incredibly talented students wanting to study at UNSW, says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Iain Martin.


Victoria Xu received the highest ATAR rank of 99.95. Pictured here at her MLC high school graduation dinner with her brother James.

UNSW has made more undergraduate offers than last year in response to unprecedented demand from school leavers.

7,494 prospective students have received an offer to study at UNSW in 2016. This is an increase of 4.7% on last year.

At the same time, academic standards continue to increase with many ATAR cut-offs rising.

UNSW attracted the highest number of first preferences from school leavers this year, with the biggest growth in demand across science, engineering and business, all up more than 10% year-on-year.

The University has again attracted the largest percentage of the state’s top 500 students among them MLC graduate Victoria Xu, who received an ATAR of 99.95.

Victoria will study electrical engineering at UNSW, winning both a Scientia and Co-op scholarship, valued at $18,200 per year.

Co-op scholars gain experience on multiple industry placements with leading companies. Scientia scholars are provided with a mentor and encouragement to pursue research assistantships within their Faculties.

Victoria, also a keen musician, selected her course after attending UNSW’s Women in Engineering camp last year.

Victoria Xu bridgeclimb

View from the top ... Victoria at one of the UNSW Women in Engineering camp activities last year

“The program showed me the broad range of exciting work you can do as an engineer,” said Victoria, who is interested in renewable energy.

“The Women in Engineering initiatives at UNSW made me feel so much more comfortable coming into this community. I am reassured and confident that there are other women breaking down barriers and I won’t be isolated studying in an area that has traditionally been male dominated.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Iain Martin congratulated the students who had received a place at UNSW.

“We’ve seen extraordinary demand from an incredibly talented group of students wanting to study at UNSW,” Professor Martin said.

“UNSW is delighted to see this recognition of the educational experience on offer at UNSW and we look forward to welcoming our new students in a few weeks’ time.”

Professor Martin said ATAR cut-offs had risen in 12 key programs including architecture, actuarial studies, commerce, science, and criminology. None had dropped.

“It is incredibly encouraging to see that the high demand for our degrees – enhanced by our Guaranteed Entry scheme – continues to grow,” he said.