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Mon, 15 Jan 2024

Prospective students step closer to future career

The Science Place, Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville
The Science Place, Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville

1200 prospective James Cook University (JCU) students are a step closer to their chosen careers after receiving a course offer on the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) website.

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Biggs congratulated students who had received offers to date.

‘‘This is a very exciting time for these future students, and also for us as a university, with more than 5766 prospective students selecting JCU as their first preference or, preferred place to study to date,’’ Professor Biggs said.

‘‘Combined with earlier rounds, we’ve now made a total of 2705 offers with 1988 places in Townsville and 588 in Cairns while a further 62 students have been offered places at our Mackay and Mount Isa campuses.

“In Townsville, we saw the most offers go to Sciences courses with 287 places while Cairns saw the most offers in Dentistry with 109 places offered.’’

Professor Biggs said for the 2024 study year, there had been strong demand for traditionally popular courses such as Medicine (4165 applications) and Dentistry (1730 applications).

‘‘There were 2876 first-preference applications for Medicine; 704 first-preference applications for Dentistry, and 437 first-preference applications for Nursing.

‘‘We are also seeing an increase in popularity for first-preference applications to study Speech Pathology (up 26 per cent), Engineering (up 22 per cent), Social Sciences (up 19 per cent) and Pharmacy (up 17 per cent).

‘‘We’re also pleased to see continued good growth from international students looking to study with us in 2024, with 2833 offers made to date which is up on the 1841 offers made in 2023.’’

Further offers will also be made between now and Orientation Week in February.

‘’I’d like to reassure all prospective students that there is a place for you here at JCU and I encourage all students with an offer to take their time, consider the offer and if their preferences have changed, that’s okay,’’ Professor Biggs said.

‘‘Our expert advisors are here to help students consider the choices available to them and are available to provide any advice or assistance they may need when taking the first steps in building their future career.’’

Deputy Vice Chancellor Education Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson said students should feel very proud of their achievements.

‘‘We look forward to welcoming each of you to our university where you will hit the ground running with hands-on learning and an exceptional student experience set in inspiring study locations here in the tropics,’’ Professor Dinan-Thompson said.

‘‘As we look to 2024 and beyond, the future is looking bright thanks to the new skills and experiences our future graduates will gain and grow in northern Queensland.’’

Applicants can check their offers via www.qtac.edu.au. JCU will also begin emailing offers to successful candidates today (Monday 15 January).

JCU advisers can be contacted via 1800 246 446.