Featured News Application Numbers are up at JCU

Media Releases

Thu, 14 Jan 2021

Application Numbers are up at JCU

A young woman and a young man stand on either side of an older man inside the foyer of a university building
L-R: commencing Physiotherapy student Sarah Hultgren, JCU Provost Professor Chris Cocklin, commencing Commerce student Zachary Judge. Photo: Bethany Keats, JCU Media.

James Cook University has seen an increase in QTAC applications for 2021 with 5,695 prospective students making JCU their first preference to study.

Of these students 3,268 have received an offer to study at JCU and more offers will be made between now and Orientation Week in February. Of those offers, 1,457 were made today (14 January) as part of QTAC’s major offer round.

Combining today’s round with earlier rounds, JCU is offering a total of 2281 places in Townsville and 704 in Cairns. A further 283 places have been offered in external courses, and at JCU study centres in Mackay and Mount Isa.

JCU’s Provost Professor Chris Cocklin congratulated students who have received offers.

“We look forward to welcoming new students to JCU next month,” he said. “And for those still waiting for offers, there are more options coming after this major round.

“Take time to consider your offer, including whether your preferences have changed. We have advisors available to answer any questions. I encourage you to give them a call if you need help finding the best way to pursue your goal.”

Health-related courses are in particular demand, with Nursing growing consistently across all locations.

“Our biggest group of offers in Cairns is Nursing Science with 144 places and in Townsville we’ve seen Physiotherapy grow by 130 offers to 231,” Prof Cocklin said.

“We’re also seeing a positive response to the expansion of our Pharmacy program to Cairns and Mackay.”

JCU’s Cairns Campus Director David Craig congratulated students on their offers.

“Well done on completing your secondary school studies during such a difficult year,” he said. “I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time at JCU with our hands-on learning and inspiring study locations.”

Sarah Hultgren is looking forward to commencing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and is glad studying at JCU means she can stay in Townsville.

“I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare but didn’t want to do medicine,” she said. “I want something that’s client-based and hands-on, which really describes physiotherapy.

“I’ve also heard the resources are amazing at JCU and studying locally means I get to stay with my family and it’s more affordable.”

JCU will continue to accept applications and make further offers for most courses until the start of semester. JCU Advisors are available on 1800 246 446.


Bethany Keats

JCU Media Liaison

4781 4586