University of Sydney first choice for school leavers in NSW

8 December 2020
Sydney leads 2021 UAC preferences
The University of Sydney continues to be the preferred university for New South Wales school leavers, according to data released this week from the Universities Admissions Centre.

Currently, almost one in every five NSW school leaver applying to start their undergraduate degree in 2021 selected the University of Sydney as their first preference and the University also received the largest percentage of total preferences received across the state.

“This year has been an extraordinary year for the class of 2020; they have shown resilience in the face of many challenges. We are proud so many have chosen the University of Sydney as their preferred institution,” Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said.

These results reflect the commitment of our teaching and support staff to ensure our students get an excellent education, as well as the support they need to thrive at university.
Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence

This year we have seen just how important our student support services are to help our students stay engaged with their studies and connected with their peers and teachers,” Dr Spence said.

First preferences for the University of Sydney from students who will be the first in their family to attend university increased by 11 percent when compared to last year.

“We are particularly pleased to see we have the largest number of first preferences from first-in-family students at any university in NSW. It is testament to the commitment we have made to provide an education for all. Our alternative pathways programs - including the E12 and Gadigal schemes – have opened our doors to all students regardless of background,” Dr Spence said.

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