Almost 40 per cent of students attending Charles Darwin University are the first in their family to attend university.
For the first time The Good Universities Guide has ranked institutions on the number of first generation university students.
CDU is in the top five universities in Australia for their high rates of first generation students. Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said regional universities typically attracted first generation students.
“That we attract high levels of first-in-family students is a reflection of the demographics of our catchment areas,” he said.
“I expect in the case of Charles Darwin University, first-in-family students are also attracted by the structures we have in place to support their successful transition into university.”
Good Education Group chief executive Chris Lester said more than 50 per cent of tertiary students were the first in their family to go to university.
“The First Generation metric applies to students whose parents did not study beyond Year 12 and provides a good indication of which universities are delivering educational opportunities to demographics that are traditionally under-represented,” he said.
The Guide ranks universities on a range of factors including student retention and graduate outcomes.
Professor Maddocks said their international student numbers had dropped over recent years but that it was deliberate.
The Guide indicates only 17 per cent of CDU’s enrolments are international students.
CDU however sits second to last in the overall experience rating and below average in the skills development ranking.
“Improving the student experience is an ongoing undertaking at CDU,” he said.
“Having said that, it also should be noted that CDU graduates have the second highest starting salary in the country at $62,600.”
This article originally appeared in NT News – CDU makes top five in attracting first generation students