Notre Dame's new enrolments buck the trend

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 19-3-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia, has achieved record enrolments in a tertiary climate that has seen the decline of enrolments in other universities around the country.

A record 1709 new students commenced first semester this year at Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus which represents an 11% increase on 2007. At the Sydney Campus, with sites in Darlinghurst and Broadway, just over 700 new students commencing their studies this semester, bringing the total student population to just under 1700, a 65% increase on 2007. This increase reflects the fact that the Sydney Campus now has the full contingent of students (first second and third years) in the three year degree courses for the first time since opening in 2006.

The significant increase in numbers were across the board in all eight of the University’s schools but were particularly strong in Arts & Sciences, Education, Nursing, Health Sciences and Medicine.

Students are predominantly school leavers from a wide variety of schools; Catholic, Independent, and Government, from both metropolitan and country regions. The increase also included a significant number of mature-age students as well.

Rommie Masarei, the Executive Director of Admissions & Student Services, Fremantle Campus said, “It is wonderful to see such a vibrant group of students crowding the streets and buildings of the West End of Fremantle.”

Sydney, Campus Registrar Susanna Wills-Johnson was also delighted with the great results. She said “It is pleasing to see so many new bright new faces on Campus and to have the full contingent of students (first, second and third years) for the first time.”

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