20 January 2014
The Moreton Bay region is beginning to embrace the University of the Sunshine Coast as its university of choice, with an increasing number of people looking north to pursue tertiary study.
USC last week offered places to 483 Moreton Bay residents to begin undergraduate degrees when Semester 1 starts on Monday 3 March. This is up 11 percent from 435 offers made last January.
Most of those who received offers via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) were school-leavers, with their numbers rising 16.2 percent from 253 last year to 294 this year.
The most sought-after USC degrees by Moreton Bay residents were Paramedic Science, Sport and Exercise Science, Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management), Psychology and Nursing Science.
Another popular degree among school-leavers was USC’s Bachelor of Justice and Legal Studies.
The University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs is within 40-50 minutes drive of most centres in Moreton Bay. A USC express bus service operates weekdays between North Lakes and Sippy Downs, stopping once at Caboolture.
The student population at USC will approach 10,000 this semester, with the University introducing new degrees in Law and Creative Industries, opening a large student-centred Sippy Downs Learning Hub and starting construction of new facilities for Engineering.
USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann congratulated those who received offers and urged all new students to participate in Orientation from 24-28 February.
“Orientation is such an important opportunity to get to know your University and the services it provides, find your way around campus, prepare for studies and to have some fun,” she said.
Inquiries about responding to QTAC offers can be made to USC’s Student Administration Office on 5430 2890.
USC also has a number of alternative entry pathways to university, including its innovative free Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program. Forty Moreton Bay residents last week received offers to participate in this comprehensive tertiary bridging program.
— Terry Walsh