Choosing a University

Follow these steps to compare university characteristics and discover your priorities:

  • Brainstorm what you believe you will need at university and your other expectations of life at university. Then, categorise these items in order of priority to help you decide what items are most important to you
  • Find out as much as possible about the features of each university and campus you are considering
  • Attend open days, university fairs and other events designed to give you a 'taste' of university
  • Visit careers fairs, where you can ask questions directly to university representatives
  • Check out ‘The Good University Guide’ (opens in a new window), which provides information about key features of each university. This allows you to compare each university and campus using specific criteria. Most school careers advisers and schools or local libraries will have a copy of the book, you can browse their website, or you can purchase the guide.
  • Visit the University Admissions Centres website (opens in a new window) for basic descriptions of the courses available or contact your preferred university for their handbook.
  • Visit the ADCET website (opens in a new window) for advice and tips on finding a course that is right for you.

Compare University Courses

When comparing the courses offered, consider the:

  • Admission criteria
  • Topics covered
  • Types of assessments used
  • Fee type
  • Duration of course
  • Mode of study
  • Career opportunities