All of our students apply for and achieve entry to university, post HSC. During their time at school, they have many opportunities to become familiar with what universities deliver and how they are structured.
As one of the leading selective high schools in NSW, Sydney Girls High School is a member of the Network Schools Program at the University of New South Wales, which provides many opportunities throughout the year for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to participate in seminars, workshops, lectures and information days held at the university. In the last year, individuals or small groups of our students have attended sessions delivered by – among others - economists, scientists, engineers, writers, artists and dancers.
We have a close relationship with the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney [UTS] also, both of which facilitate groups of students to attend hands-on learning and seminars in disciplines including engineering, architecture, science, mathematics, and astronomy.
The Careers Adviser organizes regular Lunchtime Guest Speakers, many of them from universities, who address students in informal gatherings about specific courses and professions. These events are popular and well attended and enhance the already high reputation which our school and students have with the universities.
Sydney Girls High School joins with Sydney Boys High School in the organisation of a Combined Careers and Universities Information Evening in June each year, to which are invited representatives of the 5 universities most favoured by our students: UNSW, University of Sydney, UTS, Macquarie and ANU. Also invited are representative from a number of the major accounting firms which offer cadetships. This evening is intended primarily for Years 11 and 12 and their parents but we have found it has become increasingly popular with Year 10 students also.
All students are encouraged to attend the several university Open Days that occur between July and September, and also the annual Careers and Universities Information Expo, sponsored by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Many girls express an interest in studying at a university overseas, principally in the USA or UK. We have excellent contacts with the Education Unit at the US Consulate here in Sydney, and the school is an established destination for the bi-annual information tours conducted by American and Canadian institutions. Included among them are colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Toronto, UCLA, New York etc. Students are able to meet the representatives and discuss all matters of interest with them, including how to pursue an enrolment. Former SGHS students now at these universities have been Lunchtime Guest Speakers. Later in Year 12, those girls who are ready to apply do so through the office of the Careers Adviser, who assists them with the Common Application process. The British Council can assist with questions about applications to UK universities and, when representatives from any of the major universities are visiting Sydney, they may request an opportunity to visit the school.