Wagga's Charles Sturt University will gradually return to face-to-face learning over the next few months as coronavirus restrictions ease.
Most students will start their next session online with a staggered return planned from next week through to mid-November.
Fourth year veterinary medicine student Arkie Pickering said she and her classmates had been "muddling through" their usually hands-on course from home.
"I thrive off the [practical] classes which is why I chose CSU in the first place," she said.
"I think that the majority of people that I've spoken to [are] just holding on until we can get back."
Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance Yapa Bandara said he was looking forward to his students returning to class.
Dr Bandara said his working arrangements had been "business as usual", while many of his colleagues had been working from home.
All of his classes have taken place online.
"It's a good thing ... the preferred option is to teach face-to-face," Dr Bandara said
"You can monitor how students work and what they need. You can see them online but the engagement [is not the same]."
He expected students to have mixed feelings about returning to class, as some of them might prefer to learn at home.
"We start online for the next session in mid-July. Hopefully by the next session in mid-October we might get them back," he said.
Dr Bandara said it had been a challenge to conduct exams online without the usual monitoring that would take place in-person.
Students in about 26 subjects across the science and arts and education faculties are scheduled to return, while staff will be permitted to work from campus from July 13.
The university has "contingency plans" in place to protect against the virus, and everyone on campus will have to adhere to social distancing restrictions.
Students can re-schedule exams and assessments on a case-by-case basis.
CSU vice chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the return would be taken cautiously, but it would "be great to get more activity back on campus".
"As long as we can deal with the health restrictions, I think there's a pretty strong demand to get things a bit as back to normal as we all can," he said.
Prof Vann said it would be "critical" to prioritise the return to highly practical courses such as nursing.
He confirmed that some job cuts were "unfortunately" inevitable at the university, which has reportedly suffered an $80 million decline in revenue across its campuses during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We will get information out to people as soon as we can," he said.