A Bachelor of Nursing is the most sought after course at the University of Wollongong in 2019.
The University Admissions Centre (UAC) said the full-time course received 634 first round preferences as of January 6 this year.
This puts the UOW degree [19th] in the top 20 courses for incoming university students.
UAC released data on Thursday which indicates a strong preference among applicants for health degrees.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney tops the list at 1297 unique first preferences.
The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine joint medical program at University of Newcastle and University of New England, and the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Technology Sydney also make the top 10 list.
The Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology Sydney was the second most in-demand course with 1211 first preferences, and the combined Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney was third with 1052 first preferences.
The popular Bachelor of Arts degree also featured prominently in the top 10 list, with the Australian National University flexible arts program, and the University of Sydney and Macquarie University Arts degrees receiving a combined 2261 first preferences.
UNSW Sydney’s Double Bachelor of Commerce and The University of Sydney’s Bachelor of Commerce rounded out the list.
From the 26 institutions included, the University of Wollongong was seventh for the number of first preferences and seventh for the number of total preferences.
Nursing is the most in-demand and also UOW’s biggest program. A spokesperson said from this year nursing was also being offered at the South Western Sydney Campus.
University of Wollongong’s top 10 courses, based on UAC first preferences at 7 January 2019 are:
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Primary Education
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Nursing – South Western Sydney
- Bachelor of Communication and Media
- Bachelor of Exercise Science
- Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
- Bachelor of Social Science
The addition of the South Western Sydney Campus means UOW now has six nursing training facilities across metropolitan and regional NSW.
“UOW is delighted with the quality and calibre of applicants to study in 2019,” a spokesperson said.
“The share of first preferences is on par with last year, which is particularly pleasing considering the overall number of school-leaver applicants has decreased and as always there is healthy choice for prospective students.”
A further 6826 course offers will be released on Friday but UAC strongly recommends that applicants accept offers they are made now so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to study in first semester this year as courses are filling up fast.
Potential students can apply still through UAC for study in first semester until midnight February 8.