La Trobe was the third university created for Victoria, Australia and was established to be complementary to, but different from, the other two. Its founders aspired to create a university that would:
- Provide an accessible alternative to the two pre-existing universities
- Bring university education to the northern suburbs of Melbourne
- Excel in a number of selected disciplines
Shaped by the era of our birth, La Trobe developed a distinctive ethos which joined ‘social engagement’ to the pursuit of academic excellence. Reflecting our desire to engage with the outside world, our public intellectuals became and remain among the most engaged in the nation, and our alumni are some of the most influential their generations have produced.
La Trobe is a globally recognised university, transforming the lives of its students, many being the first in their family to attend university, and playing an important role in its local communities. These are achievements of which we can be justly proud.