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Mature-age students

Join our community of diverse students - over 75% of USQ’s students are over 25 years.

Whether you’re upskilling to progress your career, pursuing a career change, studying for the first time since high-school, or didn’t complete your high-school certificate, USQ can support you.

What is a mature-aged student?

A ‘mature-age student’ is someone who has not recently graduated from high school. You may have taken a gap year, studied at TAFE or are looking to change or advance your career. As a university with a mature-age student focus, our USQ support staff work with you throughout your studies. 

Benefit from small class sizes with one-on-one access to your lecturers. Benefit from our learning platform, StudyDesk, connecting you with your lecturers or other mature-aged students. Participate in forums to help break down assignment questions or start a conversation about a topic you’re interested in. 

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Fit study into your life

Complete your degree from wherever you are. As the online education experts, USQ provides flexible study options allowing you to work full- or part-time while studying. Choose to study one subject at a time, study over summer semester or study some subjects online and some on-campus. Whichever way you decide to study - online, on-campus, full- or part-time, you’ll experience the same support as everyone else.

Explore our flexible ways to study

Getting started

Spend time learning study skills to get you started with study.

Learn with fellow students

Get study tips or help with tackling an assignment by joining a free peer-learning group, Meet-Up, facilitated by student leaders.

Library services

Receive help from librarians and access the Library’s free services. Librarians can help source books relevant to your assignments or get you thinking about the kind of questions you need to ask your lecturer.

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Entry requirements

Mature aged student entry to university is possible even if you don’t meet the entry requirements of a certain degree.

Getting into uni
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Fast-track your degree

Depending on your previous work experience or study, you might be eligible for credit for some subjects. When you are applying for a degree, speak to USQ’s support team and find out if you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

Find out more

Why USQ?

#1 in Queensland for postgraduate full-time employment*
No.1 in Australia for graduate starting salary**
Choose where, when and even how you study, with our flexible study options
*Good Universities Guide, 2021 **Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2020

Ready to apply?

Once you know what you want to study, find out how to apply. Take the next step in your learning journey.
1. Find a degree

Choose from over 115 study disciplines.

2. Choose type of study

Explore our flexible ways to study.

3. Check key dates

Note important student dates that apply to you.

4. Check entry requirements

Find out what you need.