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Medicine doubles its first preference applications as school leavers prefer Monash

20 January 2009

Victorian school leavers have again voted Monash the university of first choice, reflecting strong interest in flexible, career-focused degrees, and Monash’s reputation for the highest standards of learning and teaching.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre data showed that 12,918 domestic school leavers, 22.8 per cent of the total pool, listed Monash as their first preference, up from 11,531 in 2008. (Source: VTAC pre change of preference data.)

Professor Shoemaker said this was the third year in a row that Monash maintained the greatest number of undergraduate first and total preferences in the VTAC joint selection system after the change of preference period.

The University also recorded its highest ever number of 99.95 or “perfect score” applicants considered for admission. There were more than 60 of these applicants – with 41 applying for the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

This year, 2055 students put down the MBBS as their first choice, compared to 1029 in 2008.

Professor Shoemaker said the enhanced interest in courses at Monash reflected the successful introduction of the Monash Passport.

“Monash, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary, offers professional degree programs that start from day one, as well as broad generalist degrees. We have a strong international focus, offer support for students to study abroad and volunteer with organisations like Oxfam,  and sponsor world-leading research in many disciplines.

Professor Shoemaker said the quality of applicants and the popularity of Monash courses was a clear endorsement of the University’s reputation, its commitment to social justice and its outward-looking approach.

Medicine doubles its first preference as school leavers prefer Monash