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Trending uni courses for study in 2019

12 Oct 2018

HEALTH has once again taken the top spot as the favoured field of study among early bird applicants through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Society and Culture is also trending. A breakdown of applicant first preferences by field of study is below.

Statistics based on the preferences of more than 59,000 early bird applicants show that 26 per cent listed Health as their first preference. Society and Culture – a mix of traditional humanities courses including law and psychology – received 21 per cent of first preferences.

A number of key statistical charts for this year, including gender, age and field of study analyses, can be found on UAC’s website. The table below shows fields of study selected by applicants as their first preference.

Field of study by first preference at 28 September 2018 - Early bird closing date*

Field of study Percentage of first preferences
Health 26%
Society and Culture 21%
Management and Commerce 13%
Natural and Physical Sciences 10%
Creative Arts 8%
Engineering and Related Technologies 8%
Education 5%
Architecture and Building 4%
Information Technology 3%
Mixed Field Programs 1%
Agriculture and Environmental 1%

It’s important to note that these figures are as at 28 September only. Applications are still open and applicants can change their preferences at any time.

More statistical application data, can be found on UAC’s website.

* These figures do not include international applications or applicants applying direct to the institution.
Percentages have been rounded.

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Diane Jardine, Communications Officer, UAC on (02) 9752 0775, or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on (02) 9752 0760 or 0409 155 112.

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