9 March 2009: The number of new students taking up degrees at Australian Catholic University (ACU) this year has soared, with an increase of 28 per cent across the country.
The most notable increases were at the Melbourne, Brisbane and Ballarat campuses, which saw a rise of 34 per cent for commencing students.
ACU Student Senator, James Wood, said students were increasingly drawn to a university environment where they are a name and not a number.
“At ACU the class sizes are small and it really feels like your teachers care,” he said. “This was highlighted in the latest external audit by the Australian Universities Quality Agency – which noted the evident commitment, loyalty and dedication of our staff.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said he was delighted with the figures, which reflect the University’s increasingly strong reputation for quality degrees.
“ACU has the largest education faculty in the country, and also produces more qualified nurses than any other university in Australia,” he said.
“We are pleased that this year’s new students have chosen to study at ACU and we look forward to watching their progress over the next few years.”