Southern Cross University.
Southern Cross University. David Barwell

Indigenous uni enrolments are on the rise

ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander enrolments at university grew 7.6% in the first half of 2015 and the number of students from low socio-economic backgrounds rose by 3.8%.

Regional student enrolments are up 2.6%.

"The strong growth in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student numbers and in regional and low SES background student numbers are great developments," Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson said.

"While there is still a long way to go to close the gap, indigenous students now represent 1.5% of all onshore domestic students."

Many universities are also no longer relying solely on ATAR scores in determining a student's ability to pursue and complete a degree, ensuring that students from more diverse backgrounds have the same opportunities.

"An ATAR tells you something about a student's ability to succeed but it doesn't tell you everything," Ms Robinson said.



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