At the invitation of the Australian National University, Hobart Campus Careers Advisor Richard Clark recently attended the university’s Open Day in Canberra to gain a better understanding of what it offers prospective students. He writes …

It was great to meet up with a former GYC student, Sam Palmer (2012, pictured) who was able to give me a sense of just how much regard he has for his new home.

Sam formed part of the entourage of academic, residential, administrative and student ambassadors who provided the initial run down on courses, scholarships, residential colleges and application processes. He did a great job explaining what characteristics set ANU apart from other universities.

Another highlight was catching up with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington. Marnie is a former student of St Mary’s College, Hobart, and, as it turns out, studied Philosophy at exactly the same time as I did, at the University of Tasmania, before going to Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. (I must have forgotten to fill in my application for that one.)

From both Sam and Marnie, I gained a genuine sense of the importance placed on both the academic and pastoral care afforded students, from arrival until the completion of their studies. There are very practical ways that this care is structured into the residential college system and within the various faculties.

Students are not given the opportunity to be left alone feeling homesick or sorry for themselves after they arrive. Older students take responsibility for mentoring new students and facilitating social interaction and activities. Regular tutorials are also provided to ensure that there is every opportunity for academic success.

For those students considering ANU, the university reserves places for the top two per cent of Year 12 graduates from each campus of every college in Australia that offers Year 12. The university also offers an accommodation guarantee: each successful applicant is offered a place in one of the many residential colleges.

Students who don’t make the top two per cent can secure a place based upon their ATAR.

Applications under the ANU Guaranteed Entry Scheme for 2020 will open in March.

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