Six tips to make the most of Open Day

You can tell a lot about a uni by its Open Day. Of course you can discuss course options and admission pathways, but where Open Day really shines is the way it allows you to get a feel for the university by exploring the facilities and meeting real staff and students.

As Open Day comes but once a year, it pays to do a bit of prep before you arrive. That way you can be sure you have made the most of it. Here are our tips for a great Open Day.

Explore the campus
One of the biggest advantages of Open Day is it allows you to come onto campus and explore. You’ll be able to see the facilities you would be studying in, and in some cases, watch demonstrations or interact with specialised equipment you may use during your course.

You’ll also be able to go on a guided campus tour so you can see everything the campus has to offer. As an added bonus, if you do enrol at the university, attending Open Day makes your first few days a little less daunting as you’ll already know your way around campus.

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. 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.

Plan your day
Most universities will have a website for Open Day where you can view the program and see the locations and times of activities and sessions. As some sessions are only run once, it’s a great idea to review the program in advance so you can make sure you don’t miss anything you really want to see. 

For our Open Days, we provide a free online planner you can use to build your itinerary for the day. You can browse the program, add sessions of interest, and save or print your planner to use for the day.

Talk to the people in uniform
Open Day is designed to give you the opportunity to ask questions that can’t be answered online, so make sure you talk to as many staff members and students as possible.

Don’t forget to talk to current students. They live the student experience, so will be able to give you honest and informed answers to your questions. And like you, they were weighing up study options not long ago, so they’ll have some great advice. 

Pro tip: all ACU staff and students will be wearing an ACU uniform.

Get down to the nitty gritty
Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. Like: “All universities offer exercise science – so why should I choose you?” Or: “I’m thinking of applying to University X and they do Y or Z – how does that compare to what this university offers?”

We won’t hold it against you, far from it. It shows that you are serious. And we understand – you’re making a huge decision, it’s only fair you have all the information.

Go to more than one Open Day
Every university is different, and they all have their pros and cons. So even if you’ve made up your mind where you want to study, it’s a good idea to go to a few different Open Days. It may reassure you that you’ve made the right decision, or it may provide some new options you hadn’t considered before.

Either way, Open Days are free – so you have nothing to lose by going to a couple. Remember, you’re making a big decision, so it doesn’t hurt to shop around before you commit.

To plan Open Day and to discover more about courses, student life, accommodation and international study opportunities, visit openday.acu.edu.au.