Coffs Coast Advocate

SCU intake on target

SOUTHERN Cross University has remained ‘on target' for its mid-year student intake, despite University Admissions Centre applications being down statewide.

SCU's admissions manager, Sarah Beresford, believes the local university is performing well across its three North Coast campuses.

“We have had a little rise in external numbers for 2009/10 and a small rise of just over 100 students for the second semester,” she said.

“We know UAC is down, but that doesn't seem to have impacted on us at all. We have very similar numbers to last year.

“A lot of our mid-year intake is distance education students that do not go through UAC.”

About 600 students – 300 in Lismore and 150 each at the Coffs Harbour and Tweed campuses – will take up their studies at the end of July.

“Our largest intake is for session one and we always plan for a smaller intake for session two as we are limited to the number of courses we can offer,” Ms Beresford said.

“Basically the amount of students we have taken is exactly as planned, so we are on target.”

UAC released its offers for mid-year intakes recently and made 3338 offers, a decrease of 607 on last year's total of 3945.

UAC received 5616 applications for its mid-year admissions, which was also a decrease of about 400 applications compared with 2009.

When asked if SCU was bucking the trend by admitting more students, Ms Beresford was circumspect.

“Whether we are doing better than the rest of the sector is hard to say,” she said.

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