USQ applications up 37% for semester one this year

IT'S shaping up to be a record year for University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast with application numbers well above previous years.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas said USQ Fraser Coast had experienced 37% growth in QTAC applications for semester one, 2015, compared with the same period last year.

"Direct entry applications are up 24% on the same time in 2014, and the Tertiary Preparation Program has 12 applications more than last year," she said.

"The study areas showing the largest increases are education, nursing and business."

USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer said while the trend was exciting, it was not surprising.

"The growth in university application numbers at USQ Fraser Coast is partly due to the expansion of the Hervey Bay health precinct with the new St Stephen's hospital," he said.

"Another factor is the region's expected population growth in ages 5 to 19 years over the next 10 years placing greater pressure on schools."

Professor Thomas said anyone who wanted to study at USQ in 2015 still had time to apply.

Applications through QTAC closed on February 16 and direct entry applications closed on February 26.

"Those unsure about their study options are welcome to visit the USQ campus in Hervey Bay and Maryborough during the Information Day events this weekend," she said.

"Visitors can discuss their options for beginning studies in semester one, as well as courses and programs available for entry in 2015.

"They can also discuss the entry requirements, how to apply, how to improve their tertiary eligibility, student support services, the USQ Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP), Head Start and credit for previous TAFE studies for students who may not have the relevant qualifications."

Information days

  • Hervey Bay - Saturday, January 17, 10am to 1pm, 161 Old Maryborough Rd
  • Maryborough - Sunday, January 18, 10am to 1pm, 38 Sussex St