Thursday, 18th December, 2008
As the city's HSC graduates start planning their futures after finding out how they went in their exams, some local teenagers already know that university is on the cards no matter what score they get.
While school leavers found out their results yesterday, and will gain access to their University Admissions Indexes (UAIs) today, a number have already been granted preselection for their chosen courses at various universities throughout NSW.
Preselection rewards students who have achieved academically throughout their HSC year, irrespective of the UAI they score.
School reports, a personal statement addressing specific criteria and a recommendation by the school are taken into consideration when students are selected by the universities.
At least seven of the students granted preselection are going to accept the early offer of a place instead of waiting for the main round of university offers which will be released in January.
Willyama students Paige Nash and Sophie Williams will be heading to Wagga to study pharmacy at Charles Sturt University (CSU).
Also at CSU, Sarah Gillespie was preselected into PE teaching (Bathurst); Matt Vandenheuvel into Accounting (Bathurst) and Amy Symonds into Medical Imaging (Wagga).
CSU also gave preselection to Broken Hill High School students Matthew Prince for Environmental Science (Wagga) and Rhian Curtis for a Bachelor of Arts (Wagga).
All of the seven students said they were pleased with their HSC results and that they are now looking forward to experiencing life and learning new things on a regional campus.
UAIs - the numerical measure of a student's overall academic achievement in the HSC in relation to that of other students - will be released at 8.30am today.
The UAI is used by tertiary institutes to rank school leavers for admission into courses, and will be available from www.uac.edu.au.