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Thousands see how to learn, live and play at UOW open day

More than 7,000 visitors from across NSW and the ACT will descend on Wollongong this Saturday (15 August) to experience university life at the annual UOW Open Day.

From using physics to explain how cats curl their tongues to drink, to tackling childhood obesity, UOW Open Day 2015 will feature more than 80 information sessions, including dedicated postgraduate sessions, to help thousands of potential students explore university life.

Among the information sessions will be those featuring new degrees introduced this year, the Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Social Work, as well as the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health, which starts in 2016.

The day will also help students with the practical side of university life, with sessions that provide information about the UOW Early Admission program, accommodation options, scholarships, possible careers after graduation and study abroad opportunities.

While the first year accommodation guarantee, which will help smooth the transition for students who are thinking about relocating to Wollongong to study. A special information session will also be devoted to parents of students to answer their questions.

Tours will show potential students the residential colleges, the Library, science laboratories, lecture rooms and the University Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

This year’s Open Day will also feature UOW’s world-class new teaching and learning spaces - the $44-million Early Start building that is helping to transform early childhood education and the revolutionary, $35-million Sciences Teaching Facility.

Both initiatives will provide new students with access to the latest learning technology as well as the leading experts from science, medicine, health and early childhood development. Campus food outlets will be open and live music will help visitors soak up the garden campus atmosphere on the duck pond lawn.

Domestic Student Recruitment Manager Deb Neich said many of those attending will be current UOW undergraduates and alumni considering postgraduate studies, as well as high school students who came to UOW as part of ‘Discovery Days’ in February this year and are now bringing their families to show them where they may possibly be studying and living.

“We want as many students and their families as possible to join us for Open Day and learn how they can be part of a university that currently sits among the top two per cent of universities in the world,” she said.

“The independent Good Universities Guide 2015 has given the University a five-star status for educational experience and getting a full time job after graduating. This has been reinforced by the QS World University Rankings, which shows UOW holding down a top one per cent spot for how the University’s graduates are rated by their employers.”

Open Day is the first of several information sessions and tours for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a number of events throughout August at UOW’s regional teaching locations and the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong Open Day on 29 August.

A full listing of the events can be found at

To register, students and their families can visit the Open Day website or phone UniAdvice on 1300 367 869. See the Open Day App


  • More than 7,000 potential students from across NSW and the ACT will descend on Wollongong this Saturday (15 August) to experience university life at UOW’s annual Open Day.