For the first time in its 30 year history, Charles Sturt University has hosted an open day without welcoming a single student physically onto its campus.
Due to the pandemic's restrictions on crowd sizes, the university began its open sessions on Tuesday with an entirely virtual presence.
Despite the online delivery this year, deputy vice-chancellor of students Jenny Roberts told The Daily Advertiser that it had not dampened the strength of student interest.
Ms Roberts said 1200 prospective students registered for the events by Tuesday morning.
"It's nowhere near the same as actually being on campus, but it is a really nice digital experience," Ms Roberts said.
"We've got something we're calling a 'digital swag' so the visitors can save things as they see them into that digital swag."
Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before the final sessions on September 26.
"We usually have a lot of interest from students from all over the country, but it's hard for them to come to the open day," Ms Roberts said.
"Being online opens it up for students to come from all over."
The university is expected high enrolments next year as the economic downturn prompts upskilling across industries.
Recently, acting vice-chancellor Professor John Germov told The Daily Advertiser the university expected the recession to drive up enrolments by up to 30 per cent.
When asked whether the increase to enrolments would affect the ongoing jobs cuts and recent subject cull, Ms Roberts said she could not comment.
But she expressed confidence the university would maintain its desirability for prospective students.
"Charles Sturt has a really strong reputation. We are the number one provider of online education in the country, and in the current climate when every [university] is pivoting to online, we're very experienced in that area," Ms Roberts said.