La Trobe University is a multi-campus university in Victoria, Australia. It was established in 1964 by an Act of Parliament to become the third oldest university in the state of Victoria. The main campus of La Trobe is located in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora.
The passing of the Act of Victorian Parliament to establish La Trobe University followed earlier La Trobe University was officially opened by Victorian premier Sir Henry Bolte on 8 March 1967. Teaching commenced at the Bundoora campus in the first semester of that year, with some 500 students. La Trobe was seen to be unique amongst Australian universities due to its schools-based, collegiate structure.
The Bundoora campus is the foundation campus of La Trobe and was officially opened in 1967 when La Trobe first began operations. The campus is set on 1.8 square kilometers (0.7 sq mi) and is the home of most of the University's centre’s and institutions.
La Trobe University offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in many disciplines like
- Accounting and Finance
- Biological Science
- Economics and Finance
- Information Technology
- Medical and Psychological Sciences
- Physical and Chemical Sciences
- Public Health
- Visual Arts and many more.
Bundoora has around 22,000 students on campus and have staff of 2749, therefore has many facilities such as restaurants, bars, shops, banks and an art gallery. The main library on the campus, the Borchardt, has well over one million volumes
Bundoora also has substantial sporting and recreation facilities such as an indoor pool, gyms, playing fields, and indoor stadiums.
The university received a retention rate of 82%. 81.4% of La Trobe graduates find employment, the national average being 79.2%. The University, as of 2010, has an EFTSL (equivalent Full-Time Student Unit) of 25,127 and an international student population of 6,609 from over 90 countries worldwide. La Trobe was ranked overall 142nd of the world’s top 200 universities, and 13th in Australia. It made a momentous leap to 23rd place in the world’s top arts and humanities universities, bringing it to rank 3rd best in Australia. It also reached ranking status in the world's top social science universities, coming in 68th in the world and 9th in Australia.