Demand to study at the University of Western Sydney is on the rise, with UWS receiving the third-biggest jump in first preferences among NSW and ACT universities for 2007.
UWS has also significantly increased its number of total preferences to over 65,000 - the second largest in the state.
The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) has released figures on the number of people applying for undergraduate study in NSW and the ACT next year. The figures provide a snapshot of the number of university applications at 30 November 2006.
The figures show UWS has received 8604 first preferences for 2007 - up from 8233 for 2006.
In terms of first preferences, UWS is fourth in NSW, just behind University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology, Sydney.
One of the most popular courses at UWS for next year is the medicine program, which will have just over 100 places on offer. It has received over 2300 applications, with over 500 of those from Greater Western Sydney alone.
Other courses that are looking popular for 2007 include: nursing, early childhood studies, accounting, and the new Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching program, which gives aspiring teachers a pathway into a postgraduate degree.
UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, says it's a pleasing result for the University.
"The University of Western Sydney is increasingly a university of first choice for many students, particularly those living in Greater Western Sydney," says Professor Reid.
"Our academic program is attractive, contemporary and competitive.
"We know that students choose to come to UWS with a very clear idea about their career choices and future directions, and they want courses that allow them the flexibility to move and grow during their working lives.
"Of the first preferences we received, just over half are from non-school leavers - demonstrating that UWS continues to be a leading choice for people wishing to return to study, or perhaps change their careers or further their qualifications."
Professor Reid says the addition of medicine in 2007 will be a significant boost for health care in Greater Western Sydney - training more doctors and specialists to work in the health system.
"UWS is set to continue to grow further, with the University committed to a $100 million investment in its teaching and research programs over the next ten years," she says.
UWS will be holding its Course Decision Day on Tuesday 2 January 2007 at its Parramatta Campus, 4-8pm. Students can find out more about UWS courses, ask questions, and learn how to change their preferences.
Students who have submitted an application have until Thursday 4 January 2007 to change their preferences through UAC.
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