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Early offers ease stress for new students


9 December 2005
As thousands of this year's HSC students anxiously wait for their results, Nathan Carson has already breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Nathan, of Armidale, is already planning his move to Southern Cross University's Lismore campus after being guaranteed a place in the Bachelor of Human Movement Science program.

He is one of 104 students to have been guaranteed a place at SCU in 2006 through the Star Early Entry Scheme. Under the scheme students from schools from Buladelah, west to Dubbo and north to Helensvale have the opportunity to gain a place at SCU before the HSC results are released on December 16.

"SCU was the most attractive option in NSW. I was really stoked to get in," Nathan said.

Carly Bilson, who finished Year 12 at Kingscliff High School, and Alisha Bridge, of Maclean, have also been guaranteed places.

Alisha has accepted an offer to study a Bachelor of Psychology at the Coffs Harbour campus.

"It's just an amazing feeling. It's such a big relief to know I'm already in and don't have to worry," Alisha said. "It's so exciting to be able to tell everyone."

Carly, who has gained a place in the Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management program at the Tweed Gold Coast Campus, said it was a huge relief to be offered a place at SCU.

"I really want to get into planning big events. If I didn't get in I would have had to go away to study. This saves a lot of money."

SCU's Admissions Manager Mr Peter Barnard said there had been close to 1000 applicants for the scheme and more offers would be made in January.

"The scheme is part of SCU's commitment to provide opportunities for local students and encourage them to stay in the region," Mr Barnard said.

Applications for university study next year can still be made through UAC or QTAC (late fees apply) or direct to SCU for distance education courses.