La Trobe Aspire – Early Entry

About Aspire

There’s more to being a good student than marks alone. Aspire rewards the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through your community contribution with a conditional early offer into your chosen course at La Trobe.

What’s on offer?

The Aspire Program is designed to give you the tools you need to succeed at La Trobe and beyond.

Year 12 students accepted into Aspire will get:

  • a taste of university life at La Trobe with special on-campus events before the year commences
  • the chance to meet and connect with like-minded students who share your goals and passions
  • support for your exams with VCE/HSC revision lectures in the September school holiday
  • access to our extensive library and campus resources
  • induction into our Enrichment Program to prepare for what’s to come

Non-Year 12 students will get access to a specially-tailored Enrichment Program designed to introduce you to life at La Trobe.

Get an early conditional offer

Successful Aspire applicants also receive an early conditional offer into their chosen course at La Trobe. For Year 12 students this includes a minimum ATAR of 50 for entry into our courses (excluding some professional degree programs). And you’ll find out in September if you’ve been accepted into the Aspire Program, well before your ATAR.

You’ll still need to meet all course prerequisites and any special requirements for your preferred course.

What is an early conditional offer?

A conditional offer means you’ve been accepted into your chosen course at La Trobe, as long as you meet the outlined requirements in your offer.

For Aspire applicants you’ll need to:

  • meet the minimum ATAR for your course – for most courses this is 50, but higher minimum-ATAR applies for some professional courses
  • meet the standard prerequisites and any special requirements for your course
  • place your Aspire course as the highest eligible preference in the VTAC/UAC preference list (if in Year 12)

Who can apply for Aspire?

The Aspire Program is open to current Year-12 students (domestic and on-shore international) and non-Year 12 students (including mature-age applicants).

We look for applicants who have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering or making a positive contribution to their community.

Eligibility criteria

As a Year 12 student, to receive an early conditional offer through Aspire, you must:

  • apply direct to La Trobe’s Aspire Program and via VTAC/UAC
  • be a domestic Year 12 student
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or an onshore international student currently studying Year 12 in Australia

As a non-Year 12 student, to receive an early conditional offer through Aspire, you must:

  • apply to La Trobe’s Aspire Program and also submit an application via one of the following processes:
    • VTAC/UAC
    • La Trobe’s CAMS portal (available only for certain courses and to applicants who have not already applied through VTAC)
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • not be eligible for one year or more of credit from previous study

If your application is successful, you’ll receive an offer in September which is conditional on:

  • meeting the standard course prerequisites and any extra requirements for your chosen course
  • Meeting the minimum Aspire ATAR for your course (or equivalent from further study)
  • placing your Aspire course as your highest eligible preference in VTAC/UAC, or in your direct application for non-Year 12 students

How to apply

We look for applicants who have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering or making a positive contribution to their community.

We consider all types of community engagement, for example:

  • volunteering with organisations or community groups
  • involvement with local sports groups
  • tutoring at homework clubs
  • participation at other volunteer community groups
  • leadership in community, sports or similar groups
  • contributions to one’s family beyond that which is reasonably expected.

Application criteria

The Aspire Program admission criteria considers details of your community engagement and/or volunteerism.

You are required to provide information about the length and frequency of your community service and/or volunteering experience, as well as a 400-word description of your involvement and impact.

Your application should respond to the following admission criteria:

  • Indicate the LENGTH of time involved in community engagement and/or volunteering.
  • Indicate the FREQUENCY of involvement in community engagement and/or volunteering.
  • A 200-word description of your INVOLVEMENT in community service and/or volunteerism.
    • Describe how you have been involved in community service/volunteerism.
  • A 200-word description of the IMPACT of your community service and/or volunteerism.
    • Describe the impact of your community service and/or volunteerism on the community, including (but not limited to) individuals and groups.
    • Describe how your community service and/or volunteerism has impacted your personal development including your own learning and skill development.
  • The written section of the application should be no more than 400 words.

Eligibility requirements

Aspire is open to Year 12 students and Non-Year 12 applicants. Find out if you’re eligible.

Minimum ATAR requirements

An Aspire offer provides you with the security of minimum ATAR requirements. Find out the ATAR for your preferred course.

Applications open 1 June 2017

Applications for Aspire reopen on 1 June 2017. Register your interest and get notified when you can apply.

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