There's more than one way to gain entry into university. Just ask Savanna Oats, who undertook a preparation course to boost her skills and confidence before commencing study.
"I was inspired to come to university to study psychology as I have always wanted to learn about my environment and why people are the way they are," Savanna said.
"I was unsure of my capabilities, so I decided to undertake UniPrep before jumping straight into a degree."
The daughter of a machinist father and a mother who works in administration, Savanna was the first in her immediate family to get an acceptance letter from a university.
She is currently in the first year of a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree at ECU's Joondalup Campus.
"Being the first in my family to study at this level, I wanted a supportive environment where I could freely ask questions, which is exactly what I received," she said.
And Savanna is not alone. The Good Universities Guide 2019 recently ranked ECU first in Western Australia - and one of nine nationally - to receive five stars for the proportion of 'first generation' students it has welcomed.
ECU is renowned for putting students first, offering flexible study options and a supportive study environment so first generation students have the opportunity to succeed.
It's an approach that has seen ECU receive a record five stars for teaching quality for 12 years in a row.
ECU is one of just two public universities to have achieved such a consistently high rating for the quality of its teaching.
ECU also received five stars for overall education experience, skills development, student support and learning resources.
"I would always recommend the UniPrep course to anyone who is unsure of what university is like; it really provided a foundation for me to pursue my current course."
With ECU offering UniPrep this coming summer and the opportunity to apply for university via the Experienced Based Entry pathway, it's not too late to achieve your dream of commencing university in 2019.
For more information visit ECU’s UniPrep webpages.
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