GRADUATING from college with a score that allowed you to follow your career dream was the focus of many local students last year.
For those who achieved their goal the next challenge was applying to a university for entry.
Amongst the students who now have an acceptance letter in their hands is Ipswich 18 year old Shayne Parsons who will soon walk through the gates of the University of Queensland.
She graduated from Ipswich State High last year and will be the first in her family to attend university.
Shayne was supported in her journey to university through UQ’s Young Achievers Program.
“The program was a lifesaver – it helped me financially, through mentorship, university camps and provided me with constant support,” she said.
“Having mentors call me each month during my senior year was a lifeline.
“My advice to all students is to take every opportunity you get and give it everything you’ve got. As cliché as it is, don’t give up. Life is tough, school is hard, and things don’t always go as planned but, in the end, it’s worth it.”
More than 3,800 students received an offer from UQ, with their latest round bringing total offers to 10,022 for this year.
They noted strong increases in demand across a range of programs including engineering, computer science, criminology, pharmacy, advanced humanities and business.
UQ Professor Doune Macdonald said places were still available for those wanting to join one of the world’s top 50 universities.
“If you’ve been thinking about studying this year but haven’t put in your application, it’s not too late – you can still apply before February 9 for Semester 1 2023,”
Professor Macdonald said. “Places are still available across most programs and in many cases, this eans the ATAR requirements are a little lower than last year.
Professor Macdonald said UQ’s Bachelor of Engineering was the most in demand course this year.
“We are looking forward to welcoming more than 1,800 students from regional locations and more than 1,200 from low socio-economic areas which speaks to our commitment to make education and opportunity available for all Queenslanders.”
Professor Macdonald encouraged students not to be disheartened if they hadn’t received their first preference offer.
“UQ is still accepting applications and change of preferences for most programs and will release further offers up until a final round on Thursday, February 16.
Further information regarding course vacancies is available from UQ Admissions on (07) 3365 2203.