The new Chancellor's Scholars' Program, offered to very high achieving students for the first time in 2012, has also proven very popular, drawing more than 1300 first preferences from domestic students and strong interest internationally.
Despite uncertainty across the tertiary sector over international student numbers, Melbourne's performance in that area remained strong in 2011, with an increase of 8 percent in total preferences compared with last year.
We are assisted by a mix of international students different from other universities, and by our position as the top university in Australia and a highly ranked university internationally.
The University's focus remains quality and diversity of students rather than quantity. Projections suggest overall student load will remain stable over the next three years, although there will be a steady shift towards a more balanced undergraduate and postgraduate student mix.
Through programs like Access Melbourne the University will continue to diversify our student intake, pursuing the aim of offering more than 20 percent of the University's undergraduate Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to students from educationally, financially or socially disadvantaged backgrounds.