Aspire Program at La Trobe University

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La Trobe offers an Early Entry program called Aspire.  This program is designed to acknowledge secondary students who work hard to make positive changes in their schools and communities through volunteering.   The Aspire Early Admissions Program acknowledges a student’s volunteering efforts when they apply.  As a successful applicant, students receive an offer into their course in September before they receive their ATAR – Aspire Early Admissions Program


Applicants will need to meet a few criteria including –


  • Providing a 400-word written statement indicating the activities they have been involved in, the impact these activities have had on their community, and how regularly they participated
  • Providing contact details of a referee who can certify their volunteering work as outlined in their statement. This may be a teacher who has observed the commitment at school or an organisational supervisor who monitored them.

Types of volunteering include

  • community service or community group activities
  • religious/cultural group activities
  • participating in social justice groups or a school leadership role
  • being involved in sport, the performing arts or charity fund-raising group activities


Key dates


Applications already open – 1 June 2016

Applications close – 31 August 2016

Notification of Outcome – from early September 2016


The Aspire Program is on offer across all La Trobe courses and campuses, and applicants will apply from June to August and conditional offers will be made by September and will be based on the assumption that the student meets the minimum ATAR of 50 with the exception of the following professional degree programs:


Audiology 70
Clinical Prosthetics & Orthotics 70
Dentistry 97
Dietetics 85
Exercise Physiology 60
Law 70
Law Double Degrees 70
Midwifery 70
Nursing 60
Occupational Therapy 70
Oral Health Science 60
Orthoptics 70
Physiotherapy 90
Podiatry 60
Speech Pathology 80