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Year 12 University Open Day Cheat Sheet

If you think you are going to spend the best years of your life at university, you’d better make sure you go to the right one.

Step 1 Make a shortlist of courses

See a careers advisor if you do not have any idea what you want to do.  If you have a clear goal you will relax and focus on what you are learning.

Make a shortlist of 3 courses you may want to do in the industry of your choice:

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  3. ……………………………………………………………………………………….

Check course guides to make sure you meet prerequisites. If not, make a note to ask about alternative entry courses at the Open Day.

Step 2 Which universities run the 3 courses? 

Universities run a good range of courses. If you want to do something with computers, for example, which universities seem to have the best choices?

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  3. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Step 3 Check the Open Day program on each university’s website

  • Plan to go to the Open Day course information sessions which are scheduled.
  • Write specific questions to ask during or after presentations.
  • Check units in courses to see what they involve.
  • Discuss your plan with your family.

Universities have support services like First in Family to Go to Uni, or Disability Support Services or Aboriginal Support Services. Contact them and find out how they can help you to get the most from the program. 

Step 4 Go to the Open Day

  • Go with a family member or someone who cares about your future. 
  • Have your itinerary ready and know where to go on campus for each presentation.
  • Take an organised tour of the campus and find the key buildings you need, the library and student services that you may not even know exist. 
  • Enquire about parking or public transport. If you need student accommodation find out about that. 
  • There will be guides who are current students. Ask them about the uni, the course and job prospects. You will get good information from them. 
  • Find out about scholarships, overseas study opportunities, clubs and support services.
  • Find out about Youth Allowance, particularly if you need to leave home to go to uni. 

Talk to people. This is not a time to be cautious.

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