- Charles Sturt University is the first university to make large group offers for early entry to prospective students for 2024
- More than 2,000 early offers were made to high school students across Australia via Round One of the Charles Sturt Advantage program
- Health and education degrees are the most popular courses this year
- Round two is now open, with applications closing Friday 30 June
More than 2,000 Year 12 students nationwide can take the next steps in career planning after being made an offer for early entry into a course at Charles Sturt University in 2024 under Round One of the Charles Sturt Advantage program.
Charles Sturt is the first Australian university to make early offers to large groups of prospective students, which secures their place to study in 2024.
The Charles Sturt Advantage program is a pathway into university before Year 12 students take their final exams.
The program preferences personal attributes, such as communication, empathy, resilience and motivation, and takes into consideration a student’s academic aptitude, including Year 11 results, to determine their success as a student and in the workforce.
Charles Sturt Associate Director of Admissions Mr Peter Greening said the popularity of the early entry program is strong and provides Year 12 students with a sense of well-being as they go through an otherwise stressful final year of school.
“Students are encouraged to apply for early entry, to take away some of the pressure that inevitably comes with Year 12 and exams,” Mr Greening said.
“The Charles Sturt Advantage program gives students a clear understanding of what studying at Charles Sturt University is really like.”
Students in regional NSW led the way in securing their spot at Charles Sturt in 2023, with the highest number of offers made to students from schools in Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga and Bathurst.
Health and education courses have proved popular across the University’s campuses for 2024 so far.
Specific courses in demand university-wide for Round One include offers to study occupational therapy, nursing, education (K – 12), paramedicine, health and medical science, pharmacy, animal science, agriculture, criminal justice, psychology and laws.
For online students the most popular courses include criminal justice, nursing, psychology, and laws.
Applications were received from students from more than 1,000 schools from every state and territory.
Students will be invited to an upcoming Open Day to collect their merchandise pack and meet other participants. They will also have access to the student portal, can attend an event on campus and interact with current students and peers to determine if Charles Sturt is the right university for them.
In addition, Charles Sturt Advantage students enjoy early access to securing on-campus accommodation and applying for scholarships, including scholarships specific to the Charles Sturt Advantage program.
Mr Greening said that early access to Charles Sturt campuses, resources, current students and staff gave prospective students the edge on what a university education at Australia’s leading university for graduate employment could be like.
“Through exploring the University’s services and campus facilities, we hope this engagement will demonstrate to them that Charles Sturt is the right university for them.
“The Advantage program is a great way to secure a place at the University before final exams, ensuring students have a pathway into tertiary education.”
Mr Greening noted the importance of Year 12 students continuing to strive to meet their HSC goals and that Charles Sturt Advantage was another successful pillar in their journey to pursuing their chosen careers.
“Our data tells us that students coming to us via Charles Sturt Advantage are just as successful as those coming to us through UAC which is based on their ATAR,” he said.
Mr Greening said that Charles Sturt’s approach would continue to support students to perform at their best during their HSC.
“Charles Sturt continues to focus on the strengths of the CSA program.
“We understand that the HSC remains the primary focus of any student who gets a Charles Sturt Advantage offer. To this end, we support them through this time with HSC study days along with monthly study tips.”
Round Two applications are now open, and close on Friday 30 June.
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