ALTHOUGH its preferences through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) have dropped, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has seen an increase in offers this year.
The university’s UAC preferences have dropped in recent years, with a total of 14,906 preferences in 2016 and 13,628 preferences in 2017.
As of November 30 CSU had 8,858 total preferences from people looking to undertake study in the coming academic year.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Jenny Roberts wasn’t alarmed, saying the drop was likely the result of a change to the number of preferences students can make through UAC.
“Regarding preferences, the change in the number of preferences could be due to the reduction from nine preferences to five preferences this year, and this is imposed by UAC,” she said.
Ms Roberts said that offers were up on previous years, with 10,376 made for study in 2018.
“On the data currently available, including both direct offers and UAC/VTAC offers to date, the university is currently up on last year’s offers by 8.5 per cent,” she said.
When asked if the location of campuses may impact preferences, Ms Roberts said it was often an advantage.
“The location of CSU’s campuses is considered a plus for many students, who find our locations to be safe, welcoming and community focused,” she said.
“We attract students from our regional cities and surrounding areas, as well as from metropolitan students seeking the lifestyle benefits we offer.”
“Additionally, CSU’s on-campus experience offers a vibrant and close knit community network and individual support, without excessive costs of city living.”