Whether you're wanting a quality degree, a social life at uni or a job when you graduate, these are the important questions to ask.
You could be forgiven for thinking the University of Wollongong is located… in Wollongong. But UOW actually has nine campuses throughout NSW (and a few overseas).
The newest campus can be found in Liverpool, in Sydney's Great South West. It has become a tight-knit community, brought together by education and made closer through clubs on campus, lunches on the rooftop and the amazing uni experience that UOW is known for. Here are the top questions to ask if you're thinking about studying at UOW South Western Sydney.
How highly is this university rated?
If you're going to invest time and effort into your education, you want to make sure your degree at the end is highly regarded.
The UOW South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool offers a range of undergrad, postgrad and vocational courses.
In the 2020 QILT rankings, UOW was ranked the top university in NSW and the ACT overall. This means your learning experience will be first-class and your degree will be recognised.
For many students, it's also important to earn a degree from a university that has a good reputation, outstanding employment outcomes and one that is respected across the globe.
UOW has also been recognised for the quality of its graduates, with the latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey placing the University number one in NSW and the ACT, with a rating of 89.6% overall satisfaction of UOW graduates (84.3% national average).
"Reputation was a huge factor in my decision-making process and UOW has such an impressive reputation and quality of education ranking." - Ryan Yturralde
Will my uni degree help me get a job?
University provides the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and qualification to pursue a career. But at UOW you'll also gain the practical experience you need to step straight into the workforce. Through practical learning subjects, our CareerSmart program and opportunities to undertake internships as part of your degree, you will graduate work-ready.
This is why UOW is consistently rated in the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of our graduates.
UOW is also one of Australia's best universities for employment outcomes, with 75.1% of UOW graduates gaining full-time employment within four months of completing their course - above the national average of 72.3% (QILT 2020).
Will I have experienced teachers?
The degrees taught at UOW South Western Sydney are delivered by experienced lecturers and academics who are leaders in their fields. They are the reason why UOW was the only Australian university to be listed as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) for two consecutive years.
They are also extremely qualified, with UOW receiving a 5-star rating for Staff Qualifications in the Good Universities Guide 2020.
Will I get academic support?
We are all in this together, so from day one of your degree at UOW you will be supported.
StartSmart: Introduces you to key skills and responsibilities you need to know as a university student. PASS: During free Peer Assisted Study Sessions, you'll learn from students who have previously completed, and excelled at the subject you're currently learning. PACS: Peer Academic Coaches draw on their own experiences to help answer all of your academic questions. You can find out more about this through the Learning Co-op.
"I was ecstatic to find out that one of the best universities in Australia for the subjects I'm interested in had opened a campus in my city. A lot of effort has been put into making it fun and engaging for everybody." - Taylor Lee
What if I experience a personal issue that affects my study?
You never know when you may need a little help. UOW offers free and confidential counselling and financial advising services for students who are struggling emotionally or financially. Student Support Advisers are another way to get advice and support on campus. They provide programs to help if you are having an issue that affects your study. An Ally Network is also there for students who identify as part of the LGBTI community.
Is there a social side to uni, or a focus on wellbeing?
We believe that happy students do better. So, if you want more out of uni, you can join the UOW South Western Sydney Secret Society, Society X, or create your own. As a student, you can also enjoy rooftop barbecues and get involved with other social events organised by the University. It's all part of the experience that UOW is known for - it's why our students have given their experience at the University the maximum 5-star rating (GUG 2020).
"I chose to study at UOW South Western Sydney campus because I had heard so much about UOW and how the culture is amazing. The South Western Sydney campus has a laid-back feel to it and has so many rooms for studying, relaxing and also a rooftop for barbecues and socialising." - Alexandra Grozdanovski
Can I travel or gain other life experience as part of my degree?
If you love to travel, do it cheaper as a student. UOW's study abroad and exchange programs mean you can see the world while you study as part of your degree. The uni is partnered with more than 250 overseas institutions - so, where's your next classroom?
"I wanted to study somewhere that I could join clubs, go overseas for volunteer work or do things that I could look back and tell people I've not only gained knowledge but life experience too." - Muhamad Sahid
How will I get to uni each day?
Whether you love mum's cooking, or love a sleep-in, having a world-class uni in Liverpool means there's no need to commute; you can gain valuable qualifications close to home. UOW students can access a free community shuttle bus (there's a bus stop right outside campus), the rapid bus transit-way or get to class via train, bike or car. Imagine what you can do with all that time you won't spend commuting?
"One day I saw the new campus advertised in Liverpool, so choosing to study at UOW wasn't a hard decision for me. I knew what I wanted to study and the course was available at the campus, which is not far to me to get to. It was the University's reputation that had the most influence on me deciding to go to UOW." - Henry Vo
Can I study a double degree?
You'll be able to get twice as much out of uni with the range double degrees on offer at UOW in Liverpool. These degrees allow you to gain two qualifications in less time than if you studied them one after the other.
- Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of International Studies
- Bachelor of Communication and Media - Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
How do I apply?
If you're a current Year 12 student, you can apply to study at UOW South Western Sydney through UAC.
Pathway programs are also available in Liverpool through UOW College. These programs will prepare you for university and can provide guaranteed entry to relevant UOW degrees.