Charles Sturt University's Wagga campus held their first open day in over a decade, and attendance exceeded expectations.
Those in charge of the event had anticipated about 300 people to walk through the campus archway.
"By around 10:06 this morning, we already had 450 people come through and at 11:15 we hit 500 - even with the weather not being so great," Associate director of sales and customer experience, Lorraine Ryan, said.
Ms Ryan said the open day reemerged after the university's re-branding.
"We revitalised our whole events program across all of our campuses and we really wanted to reassert ourselves back into the community to ensure we were offering parents and prospective students the opportunity to connect with the university," she said.
People travelled from all across the state to see what Charles Sturt had to offer them.
"The first families through the door this morning at 9am before we even kicked off were travelling from Geelong, outside of Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo, so people are travelling near and far to find out about our incredible courses," Ms Ryan said.
One potential student was Eleanor Dods.
"I've come from Melbourne to check out how the Agriculture course looks here, and so far it looks really good," she said.
"Wagga is a great place for that type of industry."
Olivia Gamble also attended the open day, travelling from a town near Wangaratta.
"I'm looking at nursing mainly, so I'm checking out what the facilities are like here as a potential backup to Albury," she said.
"I just went to the simulation lab and it all looks great, there's some really good facilities here."
Word of the university's top medical imaging facilities spread as well, with Simon Thomson coming from Albury to see if they lived up to the hype.
"I'm interested in medical imaging and CSU Wagga is one of the hubs for this course I'm told, so it should be good," he said.
"We've just checked out the labs which was really impressive, so it looks promising."
Ms Ryan said the event's success meant a promising future for its continuation.
"We've been so surprised at how strongly it has been embraced by everyone, I think this is going to become one of our signature, yearly activities," she said.