17 January 2013
Almost 3,000 people have been offered places in degree programs at the University of the Sunshine Coast starting Semester 1, 2013.
2,950 places have been offered to date, and that number is expected to rise to well over 3,000 when Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offer rounds are completed next month.
This is a record number of offers made by USC and represents a 7.5% rise on last year.
USC’s most sought-after degree is its Bachelor of Nursing Science, with 232 offers made. A further 49 offers were made for USC’s new combined degree in Nursing Science and Midwifery.
Other health-related degrees – including Paramedic Science, Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Biomedical Science – have attracted plenty of interest.
One of the fastest growing disciplines at USC is Engineering, and more than 100 offers (74 for Civil Engineering and 35 for Mechanical Engineering) were made today.
The 2,950 offers for places at USC include 2,278 to applicants from the Sunshine Coast and neighbouring regions, along with 451 to residents from other areas of Queensland and more than 200 from interstate.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill congratulated those who received offers and encouraged them to make the most of this opportunity.
“Now is a great time to be starting at USC, given we’re well into a $60 million building program that will enhance the quality of learning and the study choices available,” he said.
“There has been a spike in interest in Mechanical Engineering this year, boosted by recent news that the Commonwealth Government will provide $30 million towards a $37.2 million state-of-the-art engineering hub on campus.”
The major round of offers was released online through QTAC overnight.
Enrolment packs from USC will arrive in applicants’ mailboxes over the next few days. Students have until Friday 25 January to respond to this offer round.
Responding promptly to the offer pack will guarantee a place at USC in Semester 1, which will begin on Monday 25 February, after Orientation Week from 18-22 February.
Anyone who has received an offer to study at USC but does not receive an offer pack from the University within the next few days should contact USC’s Student Administration Office on 5430 2890.
Those who did not receive an offer can contact USC’s Student Administration Office on 5430 2890 for advice about the second round of QTAC offers on Thursday 7 February.
USC also has a number of alternative entry pathways to university, including its innovative free Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program.
— Terry Walsh