SCU early admissions scheme
WHAT are you doing next year? Year 12 graduates are asked that question daily.
For 18-year-old Ellen Henry, her future is confirmed with the early offer of a place at Southern Cross University to study Marine Science Management.
Living in Wollongbar with her parents and graduating from Alstonville High School, Ms Henry will find it easy to step into university life at Lismore.
She spoke to The Northern Star from Airlie Beach in Queensland where she is still celebrating the end of school.
“It means I don’t have to worry about making other plans. I can enjoy my holiday now.”
Nearly 1000 prospective students have been offered places at Southern Cross University in 2010 before exam results are released on December 16.
University admissions manager Sarah Beresford said around 500 of the early offers were to Year 12 students as a result of a successful application through the STAR Entry Scheme which is based on their principal’s recommendation.
The main round of admission offers from Southern Cross University will be released on January 14 for the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre and January 20 for the NSW University Admissions Centre.
University applications across NSW are up from last year with 40,119 applications for university places, compared to 39,060 last year.
Despite a National Union of Students survey giving Southern Cross University a low rating, the university has had an increase of 17 per cent in first preference study applications for next year. Much of that increase has come from Queensland.
At the Lismore campus, there has been an increase in demand for education, clinical science, marine science management, contemporary music and visual arts courses.