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Starting whistle sounds for newest USQ students

The University of Southern Queensland welcomes thousands of new students as they received an introduction to university life.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie welcomed the USQ's newest students this morning.

“Whether you are a school leaver, coming to university a little later in life or an international student from one of the many countries represented here on campus – welcome,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The student experience is very important to us. During orientation you will find all the information you need to successfully navigate your way through those crucial first few weeks and settle into your studies.

“We want to make sure an education from USQ is the first and best step you can take in your future career.”

Hundreds of commencing students sat with new friends and classmates to hear from USQ executives at the University Welcome at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, before heading to a variety of sessions introducing them to USQ.

Among them was first-year biomedical student Reilly Skewes with fellow classmates Ellie Van Der Linden, Chloe Greenfield and Lachlan Hunter.

“Orientation has been great,” he said.

“We attended a session about our specific program where I met new people, as well as where to go for lectures and they outlined the course.

“We have lined up for our student cards, attended the academic welcome and met some of our lecturers.”

After pausing at midday for a free lunch hosted by USQ Student Life, the newest USQ students met the people who will support them all the way through their learning journey, and found out about extra-curricular events they could get involved in.

Enrolments are still open but more than 6,000 students will commence a new program at USQ this semester.

Orientation will continue over the next few days with a series of sessions covering topics such as student life and study support as well as social activities such as night markets showcasing the talent of USQ students, a trivia night and an outdoor cinema movie screening.

Find out more about USQ Orientation.


Group of students
Taking part in Orientation activities are first-year biomedicine students (from left) Ellie Van Der Linden, Chloe Greenfield, Reilly Skewes and Lachlan Hunter.