SCU Lismore campus offers 2000 early placements
KRISTY JONES is excited about starting her studies at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus this year.
TheTrinity College graduate is one of 2000 people already offered a place at the university.
She will study a double degree in sport and exercise science and education, and hopes to become a physical education teacher.
“I put SCU as my first preference because I could live at home and save money,” Miss Jones said.
“I did think about going to Brisbane for a while, but the city's not for me.”
Southern Cross University is attracting more students every year, with an 8 per cent increase in applications through the University Admissions Centre this year compared with 2008.
SCU admissions manager Peter Barnard said it was great news.
“We are obviously very happy with the early figures,” he said.
“Distance education applications are stable at the moment, but applications are still open.
“Mature age student numbers are also stable, but applications from Year 12 graduates are up by 5 per cent on last year.
“We would probably expect to see an increase in university applications over the next 12 months because of the financial uncertainty.”
Goonellabah resident and Lismore High School graduate Abbie Stokes, 18, said she applied for SCU so she could save money.
She will study a Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management at Lismore's campus this year.
“I have two part-time jobs and I enjoy them,” she said.
So far one of the most popular courses has been the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), which is being offered for the first time at Lismore.
Primary education, nursing, business, arts and law courses have also remained popular.