FUTURE students or those just keen to see what the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College has to offer converged on campuses around the state as part of open day yesterday.
Activities such as campus tours, course presentations, facility demonstrations, such as the sailing simulator, and competitions were held at Newnham, Inveresk and Beauty Point in the North.
University marketing director Jo Bailey said visitation to the campuses was up around the state, with about 9000 people taking advantage of the day and 2500 around Launceston and Beauty Point.
"Open day is not just for prospective students, it's also an opportunity for people in the community to come and have a look around," Ms Bailey said.
She said in the South it was good to see a large number of families with young children taking advantage of the day and visiting the campuses as well as about 2000 people going through the Mt Pleasant Radio Observatory.
Maritime college principal Professor Neil Bose said there was probably about a 10 per cent rise in visitor numbers on previous years.
With fine weather early, about 750people visited the facilities at Newnham and about 350 went aboard the two training ships at Beauty Point.
About 37 per cent of students come from interstate to study at the college and Professor Bose said quite a number of the prospective students and their families who were at the campus yesterday were from outside Tasmania.
"Maybe about a third here have come just to see what's on offer, and many with their families, so their parents can see the facilities and what Launceston is like," he said.
Patrick and Madeline Cundall, of Launceston, said they had taken advantage of the open day to check out what each campus had to offer as they were both interested in a career change.
The couple said it was the first time for either of them to visit the Newnham campus and were taking tours at both the university and college.
"I don't know what to expect really but it's good to have a look at the choices and see what's on offer," Mr Cundall said.