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5500 students take part in an O Week like no other

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5500 students take part in an O Week like no other


USC set to welcome thousands of students during COVID-safe O Week

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The University of the Sunshine Coast will take a COVID-safe approach to Orientation this week as it welcomes about 5500 new students to its campuses from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast.

This will involve giving students opportunities to participate in a wide variety of Orientation activities both on campus and online.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) Professor Denise Wood AM said USC had adapted how Orientation activities were previously delivered to ensure all required health and safety measures were in place.

Nursing Science student Charli Pollock (left) and Psychology Honours student Sarah Muller.

“We are excited to deliver an on-campus Orientation again across all campuses, including a Welcome to Country on the opening day at each location and market-style activities to showcase student life, local student groups and USC services,” she said.

“There will also be more than 200 program sessions, skills workshops, and other face-to-face opportunities across the week.

“Online sessions will be offered for students who might need extra flexibility and we’ve had some wonderful engagement already with our new students participating in pre-semester skills sessions.”

USC nursing science students Sarjin Khadka, Anima Basnet, Ashutosh Dhungana and Sabina Tamang.

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Monday’s activities include Live entertainment and students attending market days from 10am to 1pm, Welcome to Country by the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe at 11am and the launch of USC’s High Performance Student Athlete program for 2021 at 2pm, including the presentation of scholarships to some new student athletes.

Professor Wood said taking part in Orientation was absolutely fundamental for new students preparing for the start of Semester 1 on Monday, March 1.

“It’s also a fun week, with opportunities to socialise and get freebies, including their USC student diary,” she said.

The full USC Orientation program can be viewed online at

Continuing Environmental Management student Lisa Holmblad shows first-year students around the campus: (left to right) Scott Green (Bachelor of ICT), Ryka Kotzur (Engineering), Jacob Hanger (Mechanical Engineering) and Callum West (Psychology Honours).


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