For the first time in more than a decade, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is giving prospective students and their parents the keys to the campus during the return of open days.
Open days will be held at all six of the University's campuses between August 4 and September 6 for school leavers and prospective online and postgraduate students.
Port Macquarie will host an open day on August 25 with a paramedicine and ambulance simulation tour, a panel discussion with local businesses, and tours of the exercise and sports science labs.
Charles Sturt Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Jenny Roberts said the open day experience could be one of the biggest factors in a student's university decision-making process.
"Because of this, and our vision of connecting with our local communities, we are bringing Charles Sturt open days back," Ms Roberts said.
"Students will get a sense of what being part of the Charles Sturt community is really about.
"Students can apply for our new early entry program Charles Sturt Advantage, as well as speak to specialists about online and postgraduate study options."
Charles Sturt's marketing events manager, Mrs Katie Trebley, said open days are crucial to the recruitment process.
"It is a chance for prospective students to see firsthand where they could study and live on campus," Mrs Trebley said.
"It has the ability to reinforce Charles Sturt is the number one choice for the student."
The open days provide prospective students and their parents with the chance to attend tours of classrooms and accommodation, attend information sessions on the different Charles Sturt courses, participate in one-on-one discussions with academics, and talk to current students about what it is like to be a student at Charles Sturt.
Mrs Trebley said the open days will run regardless of weather conditions, and there will be food and drinks, live entertainment and competitions at each campus.
"Charles Sturt open days have something for everyone, and we welcome all members of the community to come and see what is happening," Mrs Trebley said.