Support for high school students

What does your best future look like? If you haven’t thought that far ahead, now's a great time to start. We can help you find your calling, prepare for uni and make informed choices that lead to a fulfilling career and life. It’s your adventure, so why not make it one you love?


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Find your future at Deakin

Studying at university isn’t just about diving deeper into your passions. It’s also about connecting you to a career you love. Practical learning is a key feature of Deakin courses, and that's why we're the #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction*.

Use our course finder to explore 200+ industry-shaped courses, and filter by ATAR, campuses and interest areas to start shortlisting your favourite options. Not sure about your ATAR? Estimate it using our ATAR calculator.

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Support for Year 12 students

If you’re looking for advice and information that’s tailored to current Year 12 students, visit our support hub for Year 12 students.

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Open all year

Discover why 60,000+ students choose to study at Deakin. From in-person campus tours and expos, to online information sessions and live Q&As, you have year-round opportunities to experience all that Deakin has to offer.

Virtual Open Day On-Demand

Available anytime

Discover over 80+ on-demand information sessions and access all our study and general information, when and where you need it.

Campus Open Day

7–28 August

Get a firsthand look at our facilities and study spaces and talk to current students to get the inside word on what it's like to study at Deakin.

Understanding preferencing

While course preferencing doesn’t take place until Year 12, it’s a process all high school students should become familiar with. Here are a few tips to get you started (and if you need more information, we’re here to help).

  1. Understand your prerequisites now so that you’re prepared for the Year 11 and 12 subjects required for course eligibility  – they can be found in the entry requirements section on courses pages.

  2. VTAC will offer you a place in the highest preference you’re eligible for.

  3. Your top preferences should be the courses you want to get into, rather than the courses you think you’ll get into.

We can’t wait to welcome you onto campus

Campus life is at the heart of the Deakin experience. Come to campus to meet your teaching teams, new friends in person; learn and study in our world-class facilities; and make the most of our social, vibrant and diverse spaces. But we’re also all about flexibility, so you can incorporate online learning options when it suits.

Do you support high school students?

Help your students find their path to Deakin. Keep up to date with events, download publications and resources, and book your virtual school presentation, campus tours and faculty-based activities.

Deakin Accelerate Program

If you’re a high-achieving student, you can boost your ATAR and fast-track your uni studies by completing two units of a first-year university subject in Year 12. Choose from a range of study areas to match your career aspirations and enhance your resume. You'll also get a taste of university life and the benefits of being a Deakin student, such as library access, study support and other campus services.

Find out more about Deakin Accelerate

What's it like to be a uni student

Your first day at Deakin will be the start of some of the best years of your life. You can look forward to making new friends on our vibrant campuses, learning in world-class facilities, heaps of clubs and societies for every taste, and a massive range of support (including health and wellbeing services) to ensure you’re feeling your best on and off campus. You might even like to live on campus to immerse yourself in the full Deakin experience.

Explore our campuses

Melbourne Burwood Campus

An innovative, future-focused campus with a distinct community feel.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Home base for many of Deakin’s world-leading research institutes.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Study at a stunning seaside campus known for its classic architecture.

Warrnambool Campus

Enjoy first-class facilities with the Great Ocean Road just a skip away.

Information for parents and caregivers

We are here to help you support your child find their calling, prepare for uni and make informed choices that lead to a fulfilling career and life. It's not always easy to know how to provide appropriate support to students starting their university journey, but we have lots of resources to help you support your child on their next journey. Learn more about supporting them through their final years of school, choosing a university, the application process and what life can be like as a uni student.

Find out more about information for parents and caregivers

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Get in touch

We’re here for you even before you’re here with us. Ask us your study questions and receive one-on-one support through your journey to university.

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