University Senior College is a specialist academic school for Year 10, 11 and 12 students that provides a tailored and supportive transition from secondary to tertiary study. We look forward to receiving your application to study with us.
Why University Senior College?
The move from Year 12 to university is a big step and some young people find the transition challenging. University Senior College is a specialist academic school for Year 10, 11 and 12 students that provides a tailored and supportive transition from secondary to tertiary study.
The University of Adelaide facilities
One of the benefits of being located on the University campus is having access to state-of-the-art academic facilities including the Barr Smith Library, Hub Central, university lecture theatres and tutorial rooms as well as Uni Sports and The Little Theatre. USC students also have access to MyUni, the University’s world-class learning management system, and open learning spaces for studying, plus a selection of food outlets and student kitchens.
USC’s cohort comprises of 430 students and 40 subject specialist teachers. Up to 200 new students from approximately 85 different schools commence Year 10 and 11 at USC each year. While the majority of our students start their journey in Year 11, there are also opportunities to begin study in Year 12. Class sizes are capped at 20 students in Year 10, 24 students in Year 11 and 22 students in Year 12, although median class sizes are around 18-20 students. During their final year, students experience a combination of tutorials and lectures. These lectures are held in the University of Adelaide lecture theatres, and therefore provide a genuine transition to university.
Students who attend USC, want to be here, so they are able to study with like-minded peers who want to learn, be successful and prepare for university. No school uniform is required, students are on a first name basis with their teachers and there are no school bells. Our students are mentored and supported in their transition to becoming independent learners.
Flexibility and freedom
USC gives students the unique opportunity to be in charge of their own learning as they manage their transition to tertiary study. We don’t expect perfection but we expect our students to prioritise their studies.
Bring your own device
All USC students use their own devices for study. There are also a number of desktop computers on the USC and University of Adelaide campuses to which students have access. Students also have access to the University’s high speed Wi-Fi network via their own devices. USC has a full time ICLT Manager who is supported by the ITDS team at the University of Adelaide. Students are provided with 2GB to store files on the network – access to which is currently only available through USC’s desktop computers. Wireless printing is available for students to use on both campuses.
The subjects offered at USC are recognised as foundational preparation for university entry. Please visit the curriculum page to see what courses are on offer at USC.
Partner’s Pathway program
USC’s Partner’s Pathway program is an opportunity to receive an offer to study at the University of Adelaide on the basis of academic achievement during Year 12. Selection is based upon students demonstrating behaviour and attitudes that indicate success in tertiary studies.
Each year our graduating class distinguish themselves with outstanding results in the SACE. Our top students are regularly offered attractive scholarships for tertiary institutions both in South Australia and interstate. Please visit our results page for an overview of our previous students’ academic achievements.
USC hosts a number of Open Days annually and fortnightly guided tours for potential families are also available. Tours provide an opportunity to visit the campus and ask questions before lodging an application. Once an application is received, our Enrolment Officer will arrange a time for the prospective student and their family to attend an interview. The applicant is required to complete a short aptitude test and essay. Students are also asked to bring their current and previous year's school reports, their NAPLAN results and a PLP entry essay.
A supportive environment
Students find that the academic environment at USC is supportive and energizing. Our subject specialist teachers are available to students for one on one support, and they assist our students to tackle their studies with confidence. Timetables are individualised and students are able to choose subjects which best suit their interests and personal pursuits.
Each year a number of academic scholarships are provided to students commencing full time studies at USC in Year 10 and 11. Academic scholarships to attend USC are highly competitive and range in value. Scholarship testing takes place in June each year. Please visit our Scholarships page for further information about the application process.