Choosing a university
- Visit the University Admissions Centre website www.uac.edu.au
- Get a copy of the University Admissions Centre (UAC) Guide to have and read. While you do not need to make final choices or decisions at this early stage, it helps to get familiar with the types of options that may be open to you.
- Start preliminary reading about the courses that might interest you and the processes to get into uni.
- Note down any bits of information that want to you know more about. You can follow up these leads when you do your in-depth research about your uni options.
Types of University
There are several options to attain a Bachelor qualification. These include:
- Public Universities – Entry requirements usually apply, Commonwealth supported fee structure, fee help loans available for domestic students
- Open universities – usually no entry requirements, full fee (non-subsidised) places, fee help loans available
- Private Universities – Entry requirements usually apply, full fee (non-subsidised) places, fee help loans available
- Colleges and RTOs that are accredited to deliver Bachelor qualifications – Entry requirements vary, fee help loans available.
There is comprehensive information about universities and higher education institutions, including types of institution, fees and entry requirements in the Good Universities Guide.
Looking at and comparing university features
Even though you may not get the uni place of your first preference, you can better your chances of getting into a uni that matches your needs and expectations as closely as possible. You can do this by working out early which uni features are most important to you.
Follow these steps to compare uni characteristics and discover your priorities:
- Brainstorm about the features you believe you will need at uni and your other expectations of life at uni. Then list these items in order of priority to help you to decide which features are most important to you.
- Find out as much as possible about the features of each uni and campus you are considering.
- Remember that each campus, even within the same uni, will have different services, facilities and atmosphere.
- Visit a campus to find out what it has to offer and compare it with others! This is especially important for students with physical and visual disabilities. If at all possible, visit the campus during a typical semester day when the place is bustling with students and looking the way it will when you are attending classes.
- Go to university open days. These are a useful way of gathering information about the types of services and facilities available at each uni and campus. You could also ask about which uni staff would be best to answer any questions.
- Many unis have uni 'taster' experiences, where high school students are able to spend a day at uni. Ask the uni about this.
- Check out 'The Good University Guide'. It is released each year and is good for finding out about key features of each uni. Most school careers advisers and school or local libraries will have a copy. This book allows you to compare each uni and campus using specific criteria across each uni. The 'Good University Guide' is also available via the internet at a cost.