ELEVEN new students started their bachelor, certificate, honours and masters qualifications on Wednesday, and were given a tour of the campus at CQUniversity's Orientation Day.
Students were given a tour of facilities, including sessions with library and research support staff and a welcome from Professor Owen Nevin, head of the Gladstone campus.
Gladstone woman Sarah Stephan was excited to begin a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
She was persuaded by her daughter Lilly's prep teacher at Clinton State School, Rebecca Duggan, to study early childhood after enjoying volunteering in classes.
The 27-year-old mother of three said she knew she wanted to be a prep teacher after doing the volunteer work, but appreciated being nudged in the right direction.
Siemens worker Istvan Demeter said he valued the flexibility of his course, which allows him to study while working.
"I don't need to further my education, but I want to," he said.
The German mature aged student said he was always looking to take the next step forward.
Mr Demeter said he felt secure knowing that he could opt out and still attain a lower level qualification.
Nepali man Hari Pathak chose to study at CQUnivesity because he felt it would provide him with up to date material.