Everything you need to know about Friends on Campus

Thinking about studying at university but not sure what it’s all about? Friends on Campus is a transition program for high school students in years 10, 11 and 12, that offers an ongoing communication channel and a friendly and responsive support pathway.

The transition to uni can be challenging for all students. Through Friends on Campus, staff and students from the University of Newcastle deliver a variety of information sessions in a relaxed and casual setting, where students can ask questions and seek advice about moving from high school to university. Sessions are also available for parents, so they too can have those important questions answered about progression to university.

Sessions included in the program include:

Study Skills for Year 10, 11 and 12 Students

These sessions are delivered by senior university students who have excelled in their studies and are active in Peer Mentoring roles. Run for small groups of 20 students or less, the sessions compare the difference of studying in a tertiary education setting with high school.

Staff Connecting with Aspiring Students

Delivered just prior to the university application process in late August or early September, these sessions involve university staff meeting with final year high school students, to discuss the admission process and answer questions related to university commencement.

Parent Information Sessions

This Q&A session for parents about the admission process and tertiary education includes information on fee, scholarships, program selection, accommodation and more.

Schools can register their interest in the Friends on Campus program by emailing

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