Information to help parents support students in making university study decisions at UON.


We help parents in supporting students to select a university and transition from school to the higher education environment.

Going to university will open the door to a world of opportunity. A university degree usually increases career possibilities and leads to better jobs and higher pay. 

At the University of Newcastle (UON), we offer more than 90 undergraduate degrees and have 40,206 students across our three main campuses in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Macquarie. We also have a presence in Singapore, Sydney and five regional centres in Australia.

Our students are taught by teachers and researchers who are leaders in their fields. Students also have access to the latest technology and purpose-built facilities.

The final years of secondary school can be stressful for your son or daughter. There are many ways you can help to maximise their success in the HSC and set them up for a bright future. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Help them master successful study by supporting them to set up a space where they can study free from distraction.
  • Help them cope with stress by encouraging sleep, exercise and proper planning for assignments and exams.
  • Support them through exams periods with encouragement and help asking revision questions.

When your son or daughter is at university we provide a range of information, workshops and resources to help students with study skills, referencing, plus lots more.

Career planning while at school

  • Have a discussion about the courses and careers that interest them.
  • Encourage them to gain work experience in their field of interest to learn about a particular job.
  • Encourage them to attend information sessions and careers planning events at their school.
  • Encourage them to attend events on campus and talk with current university students and staff.
  • Help them with online searches for the most up-to-date information and course booklets.

 Choosing a degree

  • Get them to look through the range of degrees offered by a few different universities to get a sense of what is available in fields that interest them. 
  • Look through the UON degrees with your son or daughter to see what we offer.
  • Help them research the career prospects for different degrees by reading job advertisements online and in newspapers, looking at things such as the number of positions, salaries and working hours. Many job advertisements also include required degree qualifications.

University is quite different to school. University students have much more flexibility and independence than school students.

Your son or daughter will need to manage their own time and learning at university - from taking responsibility for their timetable and getting assignments in on time, to seeking help from lecturers and tutors when they need it. Full-time university students need to allocate around 40 hours a week to study, depending on their degree.

Tips for easing the transition

  • Chat about what they are looking forward to, what their concerns are and how you can help them in the adjustment period.
  • Be aware that their university experience is a balance between studying and socialising.
  • Encourage them to develop new friendships, join student groups and get connected with what is happening on their campus.
  • Respect their subject choices, while checking they understand how their chosen subjects lead to their desired pathway.

We have a range of information events to learn more about our degrees and study at UON. As a parent you could attend the following events with your son or daughter:

Open Days

Attending one of our on-campus open days with your son and daughter is highly recommended. We hold these events in August each year and they are a great opportunity to visit the campus, view our facilities and talk to current students and staff about degrees and study options.

Advisory Days

Advisory days are held in January of each year for students who want to talk face-to-face with our staff about UAC preferences, degrees and other entry options.

Parents and partners information sessions

Parents and partners information sessions are specifically organised for parents and partners of commencing university students. Conducted during the Orientation period each year (usually February/March), we provide a welcoming place where parents and partners can gather, have a drink and meet other people in similar situations. Staff and students also talk about life at university and are on hand to answer questions.


See our full list of information events.

We provide a range of printed and digital publications about study at UON.

Domestic Undergraduate publications

Domestic Enabling