In 1987, for the first time in Australia’s history, more women than men were enrolled in higher education. Many things have changed since, but the gender make-up of our university classrooms is not one of them.
More regional Australians are going to university when they finish school, and they are increasingly moving to the city to study. Fewer than a third of regional students commencing university in 2005 made the move to a city. By 2010, that number had risen to half, and by 2015 it was 57 per cent. Regional students with high ATARs move to the city at higher rates. High-achieving regional students tend to move to the city to study.