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University of Sydney again tops UAC preferences

3 December 2015
Sydney leads 2016 Universities Admissions Centre preferences

The University of Sydney continues to be the destination of choice for New South Wales school leavers, according to figures released by the Universities Admissions Centre.

For more than a decade, the University of Sydney has attracted the highest number of first preference applications lodged with the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). The University also received the largest percentage of total preferences received across the state.

"We're delighted that students across NSW have once again chosen the University of Sydney as their preferred destination," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin.

"We believe our cohort of students to be the finest cohort of any university in NSW. We look forward to welcoming this next generation of leaders, innovators and trailblazers in 2016 as they join the ranks of the best and brightest students in Australia."

The University has also seen an increase in the number of preferences received from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, which have grown 30 per cent in the last two years.

"It's encouraging to see an increasing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeking to study with us," said Professor Carlin.

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"These figures stand testament to the success of our alternative entry pathways – including the E12 and Cadigal Alternative Entry schemes – which help all students of promise to find a home with us no matter their background."

As the leader amongst Group of Eight universities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate rates, the University of Sydney has seen a 39 per cent increase in commencing Aboriginal students since 2001.

Across the University, demand was strongest for degrees in Architecture (up 14.8 per cent); Science (up 7.9 per cent) and Pharmacy (up 5 per cent).