THE wait is finally over for thousands of people hoping to be accepted at university.
The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre released 57,880 main round offers on Thursday. Those who fell short of the clearly-in rankings for their first preference will have to wait until February when second round offers are released.
Overall, demand for education-related courses increased by 20.9 per cent since 2009. This year there were 124 more applications for education courses than 2012, according VTAC figures.
Applications fell in management, commerce, architecture and building. There was also a slight decline in applications for creative arts.
The VTAC figures showed that applications for Monash University rose by almost 5 per cent. Monash accounted for more than a fifth of all first preferences in Victoria.
Monash reported that 9855 students were granted a first round offer through VTAC this year.
There was a drop in applications through VTAC for RMIT. But the university reported demand for places actually increased, including applications made directly to the university.
RMIT acting vice-chancellor Gill Palmer said there was increased demand for both degrees and TAFE courses. ''Overall, the university this year received almost 19.5 per cent more VTAC first preferences and direct applications," she said.
At Melbourne University arts and science courses were most popular, receiving 2829 and 2365 first preferences respectively. The clearly in rank for arts was 91.4 while applicants for science needed 91.95 to be clearly-in. The university made 6501 offers to students this year. But only the elite students qualified for Melbourne University's chancellor's scholars programs in arts, biomedicine, commerce and science, which required an admission rank of 99.9. The university also increased its intake for the program, from 92 last year to 124 this year.
The students who wanted to study law at Monash University needed an admission rank of 98, down slightly on last year's requirement of 98.05.
Health sciences and dentistry at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus was the fifth-toughest course to get into. It required an ATAR of 99.8, the highest rank in the past four years. However, only 25 people who put the course as their first preference received an offer, down from 123 last year.
Australian Catholic University made 2507 offers - an increase of more than 10 per cent since last year - overtaking Swinburne University of Technology. Swinburne distributed 2344 first round offers, a 16 per cent decrease on 2012.
However, more students wanted to study online at Swinburne, with offers increasing to 127 this year compared with 27 in 2012.
While the number of total first round university offers increased since last year, offers for regional universities dropped by 8.3 per cent.
Regional universities, which make up a 13.7 per cent share of the total, sent out 6554 first round offers, down from 7146 last year.