Australia School to University Transition

SCHOOL TO UNIVERSITY TRANSITION: A 2017 report from Engineers Australia found that women continue to be underrepresented in the engineering profession. Australian women have the capacity to study engineering, but they do not choose to enroll in university engineering programs. "On average about 2,000 girls applied for places in university engineering courses compared to over 13,500 boys. The statistics suggest that universities "over-offered" places to girls but these additional offers were not taken up." For instance, in 2015, while offers made to girls was 2,466, only 1,845 acceptances were made by girls or 16.7% of all acceptances. Moreover, young women that are offered places in university engineering courses tend to have the highest proportion of high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores among all university applicants, which speaks to their strong academic background.

Applications, offers, and acceptances of places in university engineering courses, by Gender, 2010-2015

Applications, offers, and acceptances of places in university engineering courses, by Gender, 2010-2015
Source: Engineers Australia. (2017b). The engineering profession: A statistical overview, 13th edition.

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Source: Engineers Australia. (2017b). The engineering profession: A statistical overview, 13th edition.