8 December 2000

The University of Queensland continues to attract the majority of the State's high achievers, according to new data released today in the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre's Annual Report.

Figures in the report show that this year, The University of Queensland was again the choice of most students in the top band of school leavers.

This follows information released earlier this year that UQ again attracted most of the State's Australia Student Prize winners, the nation's top students for academic excellence and achievement in secondary education.

QTAC data show that almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of school leavers earning an Overall Position of 1 enrolled to study at The University of Queensland in 2000.

Of the total 490 OP1 students enrolled in tertiary study through QTAC, 352 students chose to study at The University of Queensland. This was four and a half times more than any other Queensland university.

QTAC data also showed that The University of Queensland enrolment was more than three times that of its nearest competitor for students receiving scores in the top three OP bands.

A total of 1022 students (63 percent) with OP scores of one, two or three, was admitted to The University of Queensland.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay said it was no accident that the majority of the State's most academically able students continued to make UQ their number one choice.

"These students are attracted by the University's outstanding facilities, programs and reputation as having the nation's best graduate outcomes, and above average graduate salaries," he said.

"Most of these students have not selected specialist professional courses exclusive to UQ but more general programs such as Science or Engineering, which they could undertake at a number of universities in the State.

"It speaks volumes for the high quality of UQ programs that they've made UQ their number one choice."

UQ will hold information nights on December 18 at UQ Ipswich, and on December 20 at UQ St Lucia following the release of OP scores on December 15.

For more information, contact the UQ Admissions Office telephone (07) 3365 2203, email: AdmissionsEnquiries@admin.uq.edu.au or visit www.studyatuq.net

Media: Further information, telephone Jan King at UQ Communications 0413 601 248.