New university enrolments holding steady despite name change

UNIVERSITY enrolments on the Fraser Coast for the coming year are holding steady despite the impending change from the University of Southern Queensland to the University of the Sunshine Coast.

It was announced last year USC would take over USQ's lease of the Fraser Coast campus from February 1.

But USC Vice-Chancellor and president Greg Hill has said the student enrolment numbers are going well.

Mr Hill said USQ data showed the university campus had about 800 students - including about half which studied part-time or online.

"As of December 12 we had 120 students already enrolled at USC-Fraser Coast for 2016," he said.

"These largely represent students already studying at the campus who are transferring across to USC degrees."

Due to degree rules at both universities, students moving into their third year of study are unable to transfer.

"In addition to the students who have already transferred there are already 200 first preference applications from students intending to commence study in 2016," he said.

"These will represent mainly school leavers and with non-school leavers traditionally applying later, we are confident USC will commence 2016 with very close to, or above, the total student load typical of the campus in recent years."

Mr Hill said the university was keen to work with the community.

"Based on what is happening in other parts of Queensland or in the local area we will be aiming for thousands of students at USC Fraser Coast within a couple of years," he said.

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