USQ students react to news the University of Southern Queensland will ban smoking at its campuses, Monday, April 30, 2018.
USQ students react to news the University of Southern Queensland will ban smoking at its campuses, Monday, April 30, 2018. Kevin Farmer

Disappointing OP score? No need to stress

WHEN OP scores were released last Friday, December 15, high school graduates across Queensland experienced a mix of emotions.

Many are celebrating their achievements, while others might be feeling a little bit disappointed with their results.

Fortunately for South Burnett high school graduates, there's a university nearby that can provide some peace of mind.

Helen Nolan, the head of students and communities at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) reminds those who are stressing that their OP results won't bar them from further studies.

"When the university opens its doors in 2019, many of its new students will be high-achieving school leavers, include OP1 students,” Mrs Nolan said.

"A number of our new students will also be those who didn't let a lower-than-expected OP score stop them from pursuing their higher education dreams.”

According to Mrs Nolan, these students are able to enrol due to USQ's flexible study options and pathways.

"For example, courses like our Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) guarantee entry into selected USQ degrees,” she said.

"Also, a recommended or pathway programs could enable them to commence study and work towards their preferred course.”

If you're interested in enrolling at USQ, Mrs Nolan said you can contact the office for assistance.

"We understand applying to university can be stressful, but you don't have to do it alone,” she said.

"Our Student Relationship Officers (SROs) can talk to about your concerns, questions explain anything you want to know about uni life!”