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Whole of UQ student profile

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

Together, all these students make up the 'Whole of UQ' student profile:

Whole of UQ student profile — Semester 1, 2018

Applicant background
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study 2,176 24.61%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 151 1.71%
(C) Work and life experience 152 1.72%
(D) Recent secondary education:    
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
4,241 47.96%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
343 3.88%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
176 1.99%
International students 1,604 18.14%
Total 8,843 100%

The Whole of UQ student profile can give you insight into the kinds of people you'll meet and study with at UQ. It's a snapshot of data about all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most recent Semester 1 period.

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 2018 include those who completed secondary education in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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.

Program student profiles

Each undergraduate program also has its own student profile listed under 'Program details'. The profile shows the number of students accepted into the program, along with their life and education experiences.

Like the 'Whole of UQ' profile above, program student profiles split domestic students into four categories and show the total number of international students in the program.

The program-based student profile can give you insight into the kinds of people you'll meet and study with in a certain program. It's a snapshot of data about students who commenced the program in the most recent Semester 1 period.

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

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UG Guide 2019

Undergraduate Guide 2019

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Dictionary of UQ Terminology

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When you apply to university, you might encounter new or unfamiliar terminology. Here's what some of these words mean.

Admission terms and definitions

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