University of the Sunshine Coast has sent out a record number of degree offers for Semester 1. Pictured new students during Orientation Week at USC’s Caboolture campus in Semester 2 2020.
University of the Sunshine Coast has sent out a record number of degree offers for Semester 1. Pictured new students during Orientation Week at USC’s Caboolture campus in Semester 2 2020.

Pandemic triggers life changes as uni offers at record high

A record number of people have received offers to begin degrees at USC in Semester 1 this

year.

The mid-January round of offers was released online on Thursday by the Queensland Tertiary

Admissions Centre.

So far 5622 university hopefuls have been offered a place at Sunshine Coast’s university.

This is up 17.8 per cent on last year and 21 per cent on two years ago.

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Offers to date include 2296 to applicants from the Sunshine Coast, including Noosa Shire,

1,559 to residents of the Moreton Bay region, as well as 205 to Fraser Coast and 184 to

Gympie residents.

USC’s new Moreton Bay campus at Petrie is quickly gaining popularity with offers to study

at that campus jumping 41 per cent, up from 979 at this time last year to 1379.

The most sought-after degrees overall at USC are in the health-related disciplines of nursing

science, paramedic science, occupational therapy, biomedical science and clinical exercise

physiology, followed by degrees in primary education, psychology and business.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett congratulated those who have received offers.

“University study can be transformative,” Professor Bartlett said.

“Not only does it boost career prospects, it can lead to long-lasting friendships and business contacts.”

Professor Bartlett said interest in university study had increased significantly in the past

year with the pandemic prompting many people to closely consider their career goals.

“There has also been a reported migration away from capital cities due to changed working

arrangements associated with COVID-19 and regional areas that have university campuses

are becoming highly sought-after locations.”

USC Semester 1 begins on Monday, March 1 at its campuses on the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Gympie, Caboolture, Moreton Bay and South Bank.


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