Tips for parents/partners

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to find out everything you and your student could ever want to know about courses, careers, applying and more. You can also find out how to best support your student as they plan their future and begin uni.

Plan your day in advance

Encourage your student to register and plan their day in advance. Registration is essential on some campuses due to public health restrictions.

Our online planner is available from two weeks before the first event. Check out the program and add sessions of interest to your planner so you don’t miss out as some sessions will only run once.

You should also check out our Open Day website in advance as it has a lot of helpful information, including video presentations by our academic staff who provide useful information for each of our study areas.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to ask every question you and your student can dream of. On campus we’ll have academics, course experts, support staff, and admissions experts on hand ready to help. Online you’ll be able to chat to our staff about your study options and talk to students.

It’s also worth checking out the study area presentations on our Open Day website in advance. These videos contain a lot of key information and can help you refine your questions for ACU staff.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take notes – having your questions written down and ready to go will help make sure you don’t forget to ask on the day. And it means you can make the most of one-on-one chats with our staff – either on campus or via live chat online.

Chat to current students

Our students make us proud. Ask them anything you’d like about their life at ACU, from “how much time do you spend studying” to “what are the best and most challenging things about uni?” They’ll give an honest answer and can offer some great insider-advice. They live the student experience, so will be able to give you honest and informed answers to your questions. And like your student, they were weighing up study options not long ago, so they’ll have some great advice.

Understand the application process

Chat to our staff about important application dates, entry requirements and prerequisites. It’s also a great idea to find out about admission pathways and adjustment factors. You should also check out our Admission Pathways video online.

Tour the campus

Our campuses are welcoming with state-of-the-art facilities. On campus we will be running a range of tours so you can explore teaching and learning spaces, labs, library, recreation areas and more. Online, make sure you view our virtual campus tours and photo galleries to check out the facilities and get a feel for the campus.

Scope out our support services

Find out about all the support services available at ACU and exactly how we can help your student through their studies.

Consider the other side of university life

Encourage your student to discover what else university life has to offer. Joining a sporting team, student association, club or society is a great way to make new friends and build new support networks. Open Day is a great way to find out more about what’s available at ACU.

Prepare some questions

There are lots of experts at Open Day, and they are all there to talk to you. So, it’s worth taking the time to think about what you would like to ask when you get there.

Maybe you want to ask about entry requirements, pathways into a particular course, entry programs, timetables or placements? There is no wrong question. And it helps to jot your questions down on a piece of paper or in your phone to make sure you don’t forget to ask on the day.

It also helps to do a bit of research before you join Open Day. For example, we recommend watching our study area presentations on our website to learn about key information such as courses, placements and practical experience, classes and timetables, assessments, admission pathways and more.