EAGER students and families lined up from 10am on Sunday to visit the La Trobe University Bendigo and Bendigo TAFE campuses.
The open day was a chancefor potential students to visit the campuses.
More than 800 potential students visited the TAFE campus, who took on a new format for the day.
"We centralised everything and built it as a careers expo," Bendigo TAFE marketing and communication manager Troy Robbins said.
"It was one of our most successful open days in recent times with people enrolling on the day, which hasn't happened in a long time."
Mr Robbins said the informal environment was encouraging for employers and students.
"Our aim was to have every person learn something about TAFE and one thing people discovered was the university pathways from TAFE," he said.
"All our areas did really well and it was a really positive experience.
Bendigo TAFE's open day finished with an industry breakfast on Monday morning which was well received.
Across town at Bendigo's La Trobe University campus, head of campus Bendigo La Trobe Unviersity Rob Stephenson said the open day was a success.
"There was certainly a sense from all the areas across our campus that it was really busy," he said.
Mr Stephenson said the health sciences courses were very popular as were the education courses.
"There was a fair bit of activity around the business and law programs as well," he said.
"The dentistry and pharmacy courses were also in demand.
"The interest in those courses has got stronger than in recent years."
There was also a lot of interest in the study abroad and overseas placement programs.
"It shows off the fabulous opportunities that can open up by coming here," Mr Stephenson said.
"The study abroad exhbition will be up all week for existing students who might not know about that opportunity."