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2015 Aus HE Student Statistics

Student numbers

  1. A total of 1 410 133 domestic and international students enrolled at higher education institutions in 2015, an increase of 2.7 per cent from 2014.
  2. There were 1 046 835 domestic students in 2015 (74.2 per cent of all students), an increase of 2.1 per cent from 2014. Overseas student enrolments increased by 4.5 per cent over the same period to 363 298.
  3. Postgraduate students increased by 2.9 per cent to 386 915 while undergraduate students increased by 2.9 per cent to 979 426.
  4. More than half of all students enrolled were female (55.4 per cent).
  5. Over seventy per cent of students (71.0 per cent) were studying full-time.
  6. Over ninety per cent of students were enrolled at Public Universities (91.5 per cent). Public University enrolments increased 2.1 per cent in 2015 (1 289 716 students, up from 1 263 669 students in 2014), while Private University and Non-University Higher Education Institutions increased by 9.9 per cent (from 109 561 students in 2014 to 120 417 students in 2015). In 2015, there were 101 institutions classified as Private Universities and Non-University Higher Education Institutions.

Commencing student numbers

  1. Commencements provide an early indicator of how the higher education system evolves over time.
  2. The total number of commencing students remained stable in 2015 compared with 2014 (569,065 and 569,064 respectively). Domestic commencements accounted for 70.9 per cent of all commencements (403 414 students), a decrease of 1.0 per cent from 2014, while overseas commencements increased by 2.5 per cent to 165 651 students over the same period.
  3. Commencing students in enabling courses decreased by 0.7 per cent between 2014 and 2015 (20 087 to 19 950), while commencements in non-award courses decreased by 6.7 per cent (18 703 to 17 459) over the same period. Commencements in postgraduate courses decreased by 3.8 per cent to 170 244, while undergraduate commencements increased by 2.3 per cent to 361 412.
  4. More than half of all commencing students were female (55.6 per cent).
  5. Commencements in full-time study increased by 1.2 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014 (424 876 to 429 778 students).

Indigenous student numbers

  1. Students who self-identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comprised 1.1 per cent of all enrolments in 2015 (up 7.1 per cent from 2014 to 16 136 students) and 1.3 per cent of commencements (up 6.8 per cent from 2014 to 7 298).
  2. Increases in Indigenous student numbers were recorded across most broad fields of education, (excluding a decrease of 4.2 per cent for Agriculture, Environment and Related Studies and a decrease of 13 per cent for Mixed Field Programs). The largest increase was for Information Technology (up 25.9 per cent to 282 students).
  3. The main fields of education in which Indigenous students were enrolled were Society and Culture (5 318 students, or 33.0 per cent of all Indigenous students); followed by Health (3 167 students or 19.6 per cent); and Education (2 568 students or 15.9 per cent).

Regional and remote

  1. The number of commencing students in regional areas decreased by 1.6 per cent between 2014 and 2015 (from 83 002 to 81 704 students), while commencing students in remote areas decreased by 4.0 per cent (from 4 016 students in 2014 to 3 856 students in 2015).

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Source: https://education.gov.au/selected-higher-education-statistics-2015-stude...