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Undergraduate student profile

A new group of undergraduate students starts at UQ each semester. These students have different backgrounds, including a range of life and study experiences.

The Whole of UQ student profile is a University-wide snapshot of our undergraduate student intake in the most recent Semester 1 period. Each undergraduate program also has its own student profile showing information about students who started the program in the most recent Semester 1 period.

These profiles can give you insight into the kinds of people you'll meet and study with in a certain program. Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. We don't use them to make decisions about admission.

Whole of UQ student profile: Semester 1, 2020

Here's a snapshot of data about all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most recent Semester 1 period.

Applicant background Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study 2,169 28.77%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 135 1.79%
(C) Work and life experience 95 1.26%
(D) Recent secondary education    
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
3,331 44.18%
  • Admitted where the OP and additional criteria were considered
325 4.31%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
193 2.56%
International students 1,292 17.14%
Total 7,540 100%

This data includes domestic students admitted in all offer rounds across all UQ campuses, as well as international students. Domestic students are split into four categories:

A. Higher education study

These are applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course. They include applicants who:

  • studied at a university or non-university higher education provider either recently or some time ago
  • transferred from another institution or changed programs at UQ
  • completed bridging or enabling studies.

B. Vocational Education and Training (VET)

These are applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a TAFE or private VET providers, whether the qualification was completed or not.

VET students may have other qualifications, such as a Year 10 Certificate or Senior Certificate.

C. Work and life experience

These are applicants who left secondary education more than two years ago and haven't undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

'Experience' can include a range of factors, such as:

  • paid work experience
  • professional awards or service
  • aptitude tests.

Applicants may have also completed non-formal programs that helped them prepare for tertiary study or were relevant to their program at UQ.

D. Recent secondary education

These are applicants whose admission is based mostly on secondary education completed in the current year or previous two years.

Secondary education may have been undertaken at a:

  • school
  • TAFE, or
  • other VET or higher education provider.

For example, 'Recent secondary education' students who commenced in 2020 include those who completed secondary education in 2019, 2018 and 2017.

This group also includes students who may have undertaken or completed some VET or higher education study while still at school, and applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.