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Mon, 16 Jan 2017

JCU offers 3661 new places, with more to come

James Cook University will offer 3579 new university places in the major Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offer round today (Monday 16 January), with more to come.

James Cook University will offer 1162 new university places in the major Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offer round today (Monday 16 January).

When combined with earlier offers this brings JCU’s total offers to date to 3661.

Compared with this time last year, the figure to date represents a slight decrease of 79 offers, or 2.11 per cent.

Changes in the offers process have seen JCU offering places in weekly rounds from August to December last year, with more offers due between now and Orientation Week in February.

JCU is offering a total of 2694 places at its Townsville campus, a decrease of 5 per cent.

The total of 927 places being offered to date at JCU’s Cairns campus represents an increase of 6.7 per cent from last year.

“Biomedical sciences is one of our growth areas in Townsville, with an increase in offers of 39 per cent, or 32 extra places,” Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin, said. “We are also offering an additional 30 places in the Bachelor Physiotherapy, representing a 24 per cent increase.”

In Cairns, growth areas include engineering. “Engineering is still in its establishment phase in Cairns, but we’re seeing steady growth and we expect to see that continuing. This reflects interest in our new engineering specialisation, Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things,” Professor Cocklin said.

“This is taught in Cairns and equips students for careers in sectors where engineering and information and communication technologies are being combined to make for smarter systems.

“We have also offered 22 places in Townsville, and 20 in Cairns, for the Bachelor of Environmental Practice, a new degree program for 2017 that has attracted significant interest.”

Today’s offers are made in response to applications in which prospective students ranked their preferences for a range of courses and tertiary institutions.

JCU attracted 6,027 first-preference applications for Semester 1 in 2017, representing a slight decrease of 2.2 per cent compared to this time last year.

The University received more than more than 2500 first-preference applications for 150 places in Medicine; 344 first-preference applications for 65 places in Dentistry; and 223 first-preference applications for 72 places in Veterinary Science.

Applicants can check their offers from 9.00am today (Monday 16 January) on the QTAC website. Offers will also be emailed to successful applicants.

Professor Cocklin reminded applicants that they still have further options after this major round of offers.

“Now is the time to consider your offer and your options, including whether your preferences have changed. We will be making further offers in most courses later this month and in February.

“If you’re confused about the choices available to you, now is the time to call JCU and talk it through with one of our advisers.”

JCU advisers can be contacted on free call 1800 246 446.

Contacts

Information for media: [Townsville]

Professor Chris Cocklin is available for interviews at 12 noon today, Monday 16 January.

Please meet at the entrance of the Sir George Kneipp Auditorium (Building 26).

To arrange interviews for another time, please call 4781 6884

Information for media: [Cairns]

Professor Robyn McGuiggan is available for interviews by arrangement today, Monday 16 January.

Please meet at the entrance of building A1.

To arrange interviews for another time, please call 4232 1216.