THE NEXT batch of Charles Sturt University (CSU) students were welcomed earlier this week at a special morning tea to celebrate their early entry into tertiary study.
High school students in Dubbo and surrounds applied for the university's Principal Report Entry Program (PREP), a scheme designed to attract academically gifted students.
The 17 successful applicants attended the morning tea at CSU, organised by university student administration and the Division of Marketing, and then a meet and greet with faculty and other students.
Prospective student advisor Rebecca Morgan said several students had applied for the PREP scheme, and it was unfortunate the university could not accept all the applicants.
"PREP is designed to recognise a student's hard work and level of skill, and the morning tea was a way for our new students to mingle with not only each other but campus staff," she said.
"Many of the students all have the potential to succeed and will study in Dubbo, and others at Albury-Wodonga, Orange, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga."
Kristen Gowans, who graduated from Wellington High School, said she would commute to Dubbo next year to study a Bachelor of Nursing.
"I was so excited when I got in, I can't wait to start," she said.
Jessica Hull, a St Johns College student, was accepted into a nursing course at Dubbo but was not sure if she wanted to study where she lived.
"I have the knowledge of the town and community but I don't know if I'll study here or not," she said.
Fellow student Emma Kilsby, who was selected to do a double degree in nursing and paramedics, would instead travel to Bathurst for her studies.