Wait is over as offers released

THE long wait for tertiary education offers ended yesterday with the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre announcing first-round applicants. 

About 66,000 students received offers to undertake tertiary studies or vocational training, with health, natural and physical sciences, engineering and architecture reported as the greatest growth offers for tertiary student places this year.  

This announcement follows the released of more than 3500 applicants offered postgraduate teaching places on Monday. 

Bendigo Senior Secondary College graduate Eli Ivey recieved his first preference to study medicine at Monash University this year. 

The college dux said he was excited about his offer and looked forward to moving to Melbourne. 

"I was very nervous (in the lead-up to getting my offer)," he said. 

The VTAC website wasn't working so it took me a while to get my offer. - Eli Ivey

"The VTAC website wasn't working so it took me a while to get my offer."

Mr Ivey said he planned to live at the university to undertake the five-year course. 

Thomas Brookes, also a BSSC graduate, was more nervous about getting his offer than getting his VCE results. 

Mr Brookes was offered a place in the dentistry course at La Trobe University in Bendigo and said he was ecstatic.

"I am really looking forward to university," he said.

"It will be a great experience."

Mr Brookes said most of his friends were satisfied with their results.  

Another BSSC graduate Rebecca Wilkinson said she was "over the moon" with her offer of physiotherapy at La Trobe University Bendigo. 

"It was a bit of a shock," she said. 

"I wasn't really that nervous because I had a rough idea because of the ATAR score I got but you never know." 

Ms Wilkinson said she wanted to stay in Bendigo and would eventually move out of home. 

Offers and enrolment information was released on the VTAC website from 2pm.

Second-round offers will be released on February 6 from 2pm. 

For more information visit the VTAC website. 

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