Discovering university life for more than 5,000 high school students

More than 5,100 students from 129 high schools are flocking to the University of Wollongong this week (4-8 February) for the annual Discovery Days -- the University's largest undergraduate recruitment event.

The aim of Discovery Days is to provide an opportunity for Year 12 students to experience, first-hand, what university life is like for a day.

This experience is creating an overwhelming buzz at the Wollongong campus with students getting a taste of life at UOW. Charlie Zheng, a high school student from Caringbah High School, was excited to learn about the options for university study and felt that the Discovery Day helped him “get a good vibe about the university atmosphere”.

The day also gives students an insight into student life including services and facilities on campus, subject selection as well as the experience of attending classes in their areas of interest.
Ashleigh Twomey from Kirawee said “it was interesting going straight into the classes and finding out what we are going to learn”. Miss Twomey is interested in Psychology and found the fingerprint and behavioural analysis topics very interesting.

All areas of UOW have been involved in getting together the information students need to make the right decision for their future. That is what Discovery Days are all about.

Two Year 12 students from Menangle, Ally Hartley and Rebecca Miklavec were very excited about coming to the University of Wollongong next year, their minds were made up. They were particularly interested in the Exchange Program, after hearing about it in an information session.

With students expected to attend from high schools in the Illawarra, Southern Sydney, South Western Sydney, South Coast, Goulburn, Southern Highlands, ACT and many regional schools from as far as Victoria over the five day period, it is a very busy week at the University of Wollongong.


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  • High school students getting a chance to find their direction at UOW Discovery Days.

  • More than 5,000 high school students coming together at UOW for a taste of university life.

  • UOW’s Wollongong campus bustling with high school students from over 120 schools in Australia.

  • Discovery Days giving future students the opportunity to define their passion through exposure to a diverse range of disciplines.