Charles Sturt is offering prospective students an advantage

1 JUNE 2020

Charles Sturt is offering prospective students an advantage

Applications are open for the Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program, which focuses on students' soft skills to give them early entry into university.

  • Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program launched on Monday 1 June
  • Program focuses on students’ soft skills, including emotional intelligence, collaboration, empathy, communication skills and resilience
  • Applications for Year 12 Higher School Certificate or equivalent students close Monday 31 August

After a successful launch in 2019, Charles Sturt University is now accepting applications for its early entry program.

The Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program recognises prospective students’ soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, collaboration, empathy, communication skills, resilience, and their commitment to creating a world worth living in.

Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer from Charles Sturt before their Higher School Certificate exams, or equivalent, and are supported in preparation for university life by being connected with a community of like-minded people.

Charles Sturt Executive Director of Marketing and Communication Mr Shawn Walker said the program allows the University to assess the whole student when considering an application, not just test scores.

“Students can be on the front foot by fully leveraging their social skills,” he said.

“When students apply through the Charles Sturt Advantage program, their commitment, empathy, resilience and dedication to making the world one worth living in will be taken into consideration.”

Offers were made to 700 students in 2019 through the program and Mr Walker said there are even more courses on offer through the program in 2020.

The program is open to high school graduates or those coming to university later in life.

“Charles Sturt University graduates have the highest employment rate in the nation because of the practical education we deliver,” Mr Walker said.

“The program enables us to receive a group of emotionally intelligent and driven students who embody the values of Charles Sturt University and who will be great assets to our campus communities in the coming years.”

Charles Sturt paramedicine student Miss Grace Madden said being accepted into the program took some of the stress out of completing Year 12.

“It relieved me of a lot of stress, and it felt good to have a plan for my future before my HSC exams,” she said.

“It also helped me start my way in university life. The support is amazing and I made so many friends along the way.”

Applications close on Monday 31 August and successful recipients will be notified by mid-September for commencing their degree in March 2021.

Apply for the program via the Charles Sturt website.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Mr Shawn Walker, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

Photo caption: Students successful in obtaining an offer through the Charles Sturt Advantage program in 2019.

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