About 20,000 excited students received second round university offers on Wednesday across Victoria, including dozens right here in Ballarat.
Federation University made 213 offers through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre to prospective students, following more than 800 in December.
There were 467 offers for the Ballarat campus.
According to a Fed Uni media release, the most popular courses are nursing (higher education and VET) with 60 offers, performing arts with 54, veterinary and wildlife science with 27, exercise and sports science with 26, criminology and criminal justice with 21, and nursing with 19.
VTAC offers account for around one third of enrolments at the university, with the majority of applications being made directly to the university.
Fed Uni's vice-chancellor and president, Professor Helen Bartlett, said in a statement the number of offers showed the university had a strong reputation for its nursing and healthcare programs.
"Students know they will get a high quality education and the opportunity to train in local hospitals and healthcare facilities where they're likely to work once they've graduated," she said.
"The new $15 million Health and Sports Science precinct at our Mt Helen campus in Ballarat will be finished in time for semester one, so it's fantastic to see strong interest in exercise and sports science programs, which is one of our strengths as a university."
Three Ballarat students are looking forward to making a start at Fed Uni, in business management, science, and psychological science.
Lily Jones, who just finished year 12 at Damascus College, said she was aiming to get into environmental science.
"But I'm not sure if I want to do that or psychology, so that's why I'm doing the bachelor, then I can look at both sides of it," she said, adding she was relieved when she received her offer.
"It meant I could stay in Ballarat, I won't have to worry about moving to Melbourne or travel."
Heidi Giles, from Loreto College, said her aim was to work as a wedding planner, and business management - majoring in marketing - was a good way to get started.
"This course really highlighted specific things that would transfer into those careers," she said.
"I'm excited for the different experience, people talk about how different it is to high school."
Ballarat High School's Jessica Van Nus said she was stressed about changing her preferences, but that made getting the offer twice as exciting.
She said students about to enter year 12 should be cautious about their subject selections.
"Pick subjects you actually like so it's not as bad to study," she said.
"You can change your subjects around if you really hate it."
Both Ms Jones and Ms Giles added it was important to find a balance through year 12.
"Don't overdo yourself in year 12, because even if you don't get the result that's overwhelming and amazing, you still have other pathways - don't stress too much about it," Ms Jones said.
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