ENROLMENTS are coming in thick and fast for the new Bachelor of Agribusiness course starting at Muresk this year.
Currently, 20 students are enrolled with an expectation of more than 30 by the time the course starts in March.
CY O'Connor Institute managing director John Scott said it was a major milestone to have reached the minimum level of enrolments.
"We needed 20 to enable the course to proceed but the hope is for 30, and it might even go beyond that, which is great news," Mr Scott said.
Next year Mr Scott said the aim was for 40 first year students, 50 the year after and then 60 a year from then on.
"We have already had people express interest in the course for next year," he said.
"Interestingly we are starting to attract enrolments from people already in the agriculture sector, literally middle-aged farmers and farm managers who are looking to engage in higher education.
"Given the half-year cohort who will be exiting school at the end of this year, we are also hoping to pick up more potential students to enable us to reach our enrolment target."
CYOC higher education project director Dr Christine Storer said it was exciting for the team to have reached this point.
"The level of interest as well as acceptances into the course shows evidence of support for a rural-based, hands-on agricultural business degree," she said.
Industry has already thrown its support behind the program and so far four industry stakeholders have committed to offering student scholarships for the coming years.
The School of Agribusiness building at Muresk is being fitted out to ensure students have facilities that support them with their studies.
The building will have a social area, library, internet access and provide easy access to the staff delivering the course.
Accommodation arrangements have also been completed with Muresk Institute, linked in with the innovative course timetable where subjects are delivered in three-day blocks.
Students will be able to live on campus full-time, or at times when their subjects are being offered.