University is the place where students transform their dreams and aspirations for the future into a concrete pathway to professional success. While only they can forge their own path, the support and understanding of parents, partners and friends can make a significant difference to their success.
Parents can play a critical role in helping to navigate this process. UniSA is here to help by providing useful tips and pointers.
Parents of current/commencing students
Guide for Parents, Partners and Friends of UniSA Students. This guide provides information for parents, partners and friends about starting and succeeding at university.
Download the PDF version (4.33mb - opens in a new window).
More information for parents, partners and friends of current UniSA students can be found on our Q&A for parents, partners and friends web page.
Parents of high school students
Consider the benefits of going to uni
Research has shown there are significant economic as well as other benefits of going to university. Most professions require some further education. A university degree will increase your child’s chances of finding a job and will lead towards their career of choice.
Encourage your children to attend UniSA's Open Day or other information sessions to learn about the benefits of studying at UniSA, listen to lectures about study options and tour the campus.
Identify your child’s interests and career choices
Explore with your child their interests, strengths and skills. Consider past work experience and volunteer work to determine their areas of interest or skills.
Once interests, strengths and skills have been narrowed down, help them choose a career that will allow them to express these points. This may take some time. In fact many students change their minds regularly and even change degrees.
Contact our Future Students Enquiries team for information on completing a free MyCareerMatch career profile.
Choose a study program
After identifying interests and career options, help your child select relevant UniSA programs. Students are encouraged to sign up to UniSA to receive updates direct to their inbox that are tailored to their carer interests.
Help your child research, perhaps with assistance from a School Career Adviser, their selected programs and identify specific entry requirements (such as ATAR scores, prerequisites and assumed knowledge). Make sure they are able to meet each of these prior to application.
Life at university
The transition from school to university can be quite dramatic. At university, students are expected to be more independent and are treated like an adult.
UniSA has a friendly and flexible environment that allows students to succeed in their studies. We support students to have fun, make new friends and enjoy life. Read more about life at university and the support services and facilities available.
The costs of university will be different for everyone. At UniSA students are offered either a 'Commonwealth supported place' or a 'fee-paying place'. A Commonwealth supported place means that the Australian Government contributes to the costs and student pays a 'student contribution' (formerly known as HECS). Check out fees and finances for more detail.
Encourage your child to explore and apply for scholarships, which are available to those who are high achieving and most in need.
If your child is coming from interstate or the country, explore your child’s accommodation options.