How to plan for university: 5 quick tips for success at UQ
Published 24 May, 2021 · 3 minute read
You’re ready to leave school behind and aim high at uni. But first, you’ve got a small hurdle to get over: how to get ready for university.
Good news, friend. We’re here to help you prepare. These 5 quick tips will help you feel comfortable on campus in no time at all.
Discover how to plan for university and life beyond high school below. Our tips are tailored to soon-to-be UQ students, but they can generally be applied to other universities too (though we’re not sure why you’d go anywhere else, tbh).
1. Scope out admission schemes
The first step to getting ready for university is figuring out how to get into your university.
At The University of Queensland, we offer admission schemes to even out your path to uni. And even though they’re called schemes, they’re not at all evil – quite the opposite.
Admission schemes provide opportunities to increase your entry rank by considering your background, life events and even the subjects you studied. For example:
If you come from a rural background, you could get 2 adjustments added to your entry rank.
Studying a language other than English could also be worth 2 adjustments.
While you’re working out how to plan for university, you’ll probably think a bit about how to pay for it. Luckily, you can sometimes make your uni experience easier and more affordable with a scholarship.
Now’s the time to explore your opportunities and take full advantage.
4. Get to know your new home
Getting ready for uni sometimes means moving away from home. If this is true for you, our Accommodation Services team can help you explore your accommodation options. Then, explore our campus facilities through our virtual tours.
We’ve also got handy guides to Brisbane and Gatton to help you get familiar with your new home. With their fast facts about surrounding suburbs and advice about public transport, you’ll settle in before you know it.
5. Get connected
Universities provide a bunch of opportunities to meet your fellow students both in person and online. Connecting with others while you study is an essential part of the journey, and many graduates consider the lifelong friends they’ve made to be a highlight of their uni experience.
When you become a UQ student, you get to join our UQ Life Virtual Village, where you can build connections, ask questions and get advice from the UQ community. This online platform offers you the chance to: