Uni Open Days are the actual best.
You can talk to students and receive a hands on experience walking around the campus. They also give you a chance to explore the uni and get a general vibe of the campus.
Suffice to say we highly recommend going to them if at all possible!
The problem is that many universities have their open days on the same day so it can be extremely frustrating when deciding which one to attend!
So how do you go about choosing which Uni Open Day to go to?
Let’s jump right in!
Why You Should go to Uni Open Days
Universities put a lot of money into putting on an Open Day, so why should you go to one?
Reason #1: To get a feel of the university
You won’t know what your campus is like unless you visit it!
Would you rather be able to take a step out from your classroom and be in the heart of the city? Then the UTS City Campus would be perfect for you.
Or would you rather sitting by an open green lake and watching the ducks? Then Macquarie University’s North Ryde Campus sounds more like your kind of place!
Each university also has it’s own atmosphere which changes depending on who’s there, so make sure you either talk to someone who goes there or suss out the vibe on campus for yourself!
You also probably want to have a bit of a wander around campus to see where all the lecture halls, food courts, toilets and greenery is so that you’re not completely lost when you start uni!
Reason #2: To talk to current students and academics
You might think that the internet has all the answers, but there’s some things you should hear from people themselves.
Universities often ask current students and academics to be at Open Days to talk about their experience and knowledge of courses, life and other issues at the Uni.
Getting to hear about what really goes on can be a real deal breaker of whether or not that Uni or course is for you!
It’s important to attend these talks on your courses as they will often discuss what your unit progression looks like, as well as suitable majors!
You can also ask questions if you’re unsure about anything, which can be very helpful coming straight from the source.
Which Uni Open Days should I go to?
Tip #1: Go to the university that offers your course
Go to the universities that offers the course you want to do, rather than go with friends.
It seems like a no-brainer but there’s always people who don’t capitalise on opportunities – don’t be one of them!
Of course, if you and your friend/s plan on going to the same uni, by all means go together but make sure you attend talks that are specific to YOUR course!
Rank your preferred courses in a list (almost like UAC preferences) and choose the open days based on that.
If two uni’s have open days on the same date go to the one that has a higher rank.
Tip #2: Plan your day ahead
Rather than dropping in on the day, make sure you check the schedule for your open day first!
It’s quite common for universities to have an open day app/website where you can personalise your day by selecting talks and events you want to go to so that you’re not missing out on anything!
This makes it so much easier to see what time you need to be somewhere – whether that be a course talk, free BBQ or uni tips talk!
It’s also handy to check the schedule for multiple unis so that if there’s an open day on the same day, you can spend the morning at one and an afternoon at another.
Tip #3: Try visit 2 universities in 1 day
Maximise your time and plan visiting 2 universities in one day if you can.
While this may not be ideal if you want to spend all day at one campus, it can be very useful if you want to see two unis and talk to people from each one and compare them.
More often than not, USyd, UTS and UNSW have their open days on the same day so that they can all be visited in one hit – so make sure you keep an eye on the date!
You can easily spend a morning at one uni and then spend the afternoon at another, especially if they’re close to each other, like USyd and UTS.
Tip #4: Go with your parents
While it might sound lame or nerdy, your parents know you best!
Taking them with you can be very helpful as they can give their opinions if you’re confused about uni’s/ preferences.
That’s not to say that you should base your uni choice on your parents, rather look to them for some guidance if you are undecided on unis or want an honest second opinion.
Uni Open Day Dates
If you’re in Year 12, or even year 11 and want to get a feel for the uni you want to attend, you can check out the dates in this article here!
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Milana Gusavac thought she had seen the end of HSC until she realised that others out there needed help surviving year 12 just like she had. Now she’s a member of the Art of Smart team while perusing her studies at the University of Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Psychology. When not learning or helping others Milana can be found with her nose in a book or marathoning TV shows.