He had his eye on the computer science degree on offer at the new campus.
“Photos give you an idea of what they are trying to show you, but if you can look around yourself you can see how everything fits together,” he said.
Riley said the location of the campus at Petrie was a real advantage to students living on Brisbane’s northside.
“It is going to minimise travel times so that is really good selling point for the university,” the North Lakes student said.
“I know a lot of people living at North Lakes who will be very appreciative of this university.”
Fellow year 12 student Max Fallon, from Redcliffe, said he was a little surprised by the 3D viewer.
“It is actually pretty useful to get an idea what it is going to be like,” he said.
“You can see what the different rooms will be like. You can experience it, so to speak.”
Max also has his eye on computer science, while Oliver Sims, also from North Lakes, is interested in studying engineering after the 3D viewer grabbed his attention.
“It’s more than a gimmick. It’s nothing that I have seen before at a uni presentation,” he said.
“So it’s pretty cool.”
Southern Cross Catholic College course adviser Lorraine Powers said most of the school’s students ended up at Queensland University of Technology.
“On a good day, that is a three-hour round-trip,” Ms Powers said.
“Australian Catholic University is another popular one for our students.”
Ms Powers said UQ was less popular because it was further to travel.
“You are up to three hours and 20 minutes each day, which is a huge chunk for any student in the daytime,” she said.
“To have this now on our doorstep, well, this is literally a game changer for the entire Moreton Bay region.”
University of Sunshine Coast student recruitment manager Courtney Geritz said the 3D viewers were being used at the 30 University of Sunshine Coast road-show presentations now under way.
“We are about halfway through, but we are hoping to talk with all of the year 12 students in the Moreton Bay region,” she said.
Ms Geritz said there was no doubt the location of the campus at Petrie was a big factor for students and parents.
“Absolutely. The anticipation from schools, particularly the high school students, to know they have Australia’s newest university campus right in the backyard has been nothing short of exceptional,” she said.
“That’s from parents and students alike.”
The degree program has been chosen after several years assessing the community demand, Ms Geritz said.
“But the campus will offer everything from business to education to computer science to mechatronics.
“Mechatronics is a combination of mechanical and technological engineering. It was explained today by the university ambassadors as something like Transformers. It is a really new field.”
Ms Geritz said there would be about 50 degree programs offered from the first year, including allied health, nursing, sport sciences, humanities, psychology, arts, business, social work and criminology.
The USC Moreton Bay campus will also offer masters programs in science, arts and philosophy.
QTAC applications – where students begin to apply for university coursework after year 12 – will open soon and close in September 2019.
Tony Moore is a senior reporter at the Brisbane Times