Domestic Student Admissions Dominated by Independent Schools
By Tom Kersten
Over the past five years, domestic student admissions have been dominated by independent schools, with the share of public school students declining by almost 10% over the same period.
The data shows that since 2018, more than half of all commencing domestic students attended an independent school.
Meanwhile, commencing students who attended a government school has been in decline since 2017, with a near 10% drop.
ANU accepted roughly 1,756 new domestic admissions on average from 2017 to 2020. A five-year high in admissions was reached in 2021, when ANU accepted 2,619 domestic students.
Government school students represented 34.4% of the 2021 domestic intake. 2017 and 2019, whilst having a lower domestic intake overall, held the highest proportion of domestic student acceptance in the five year period, with both sitting at roughly 40%.
The 2021 domestic intake also saw a proportionate high of independent school student acceptance, at 55%. Independent school students have remained the stable majority in intake demographics since 2017, with lowest acceptance numbers at 48% of the intake at the beginning of the five-year period.
2,114 domestic students commenced at ANU this year, less than the 2021 spike. 2022 saw a five-year low in admissions from domestic government school students, with such students representing 31.9% of intake. In contrast, independent school student intake reached a five-year high, at 57.1%.
In 2017, there was a 8% difference between the number of students coming from independent versus government schools, but this difference has only increased over time. As of 2022, there is a 25.1% difference with independent school admissions continuing to dominate.
The number of Catholic school students has remained stable, ranging between 10.4 – 11.4%.
Intake of students from regions outside of capital cities has been in decline in proportion to total intakes since 2019. The number of students from capital cities has been on a steady increase.
Reflecting on the data, a university spokesperson told Observer that “ANU was founded to benefit all Australians” and that “the university continues to attract and welcome a diverse range of high calibre students”.
“Any student who has the desire and the marks to study at ANU is welcome at our university” the spokesperson said.