Many of the students who attended orientation events at Charles Sturt on Wednesday had travelled more than 100 kilometres to be there.
Teagan Mayo, Emily Ho and Oliver Jones, all 19, were introduced at their check-in to residential accommodation and were among more than 100 people taking part in campus tours and events.
Mr Jones had travelled the farthest - choosing the Thurgoona campus over Sydney.
"Albury was one of the only places that offered podiatry and I prefer the country feel," he said.
But Ms Ho and Ms Mayo were excited about studying in a setting not too dissimilar from their respective hometowns of Deniliquin and Stockinbingal, near Temora.
"I like how it's small and central, and very community-based like Deni is," Ms Ho said.
"I'm doing nursing for three years ... I like taking care of people and seeing them get better."
Ms Mayo liked the idea of studying a Bachelor of Education (K-12) and wants to teach geography.
"I didn't restrict where I could go and makes for better career opportunities," she said.
"The campus has a really welcoming feel to it."
Charles Sturt University secretary Cassandra Webeck welcomed them to the campus, and said students ranged from school-leavers to parents and career-changers.
"Whichever path has brought you to Charles Sturt, we welcome you and we are confident your time here will be challenging and rewarding," she said.
IN OTHER NEWS:
"You join the ranks of more than 200,000 Charles Sturt University past and present students.
"Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way."
About 440 on-campus students have been accepted to commence their studies with Charles Sturt at the Albury-Wodonga campus in 2020, in addition to a further 524 new online students.
Orientation events run until Friday and include campus and library tours, laser tag, ten pin bowling, a trivia night, meet and greets with club, sport and student representation delegates, and international and Indigenous student support sessions.