Transition and Orientation

The transition from school, to university and from home to college can be a daunting one. Though excited about the prospect of change, it is natural for first year students to feel apprehensive.

Duchesne College facilitates a smooth transition to the tertiary environment in a number of ways:

  • O-Week Program: All new students arrive at Duchesne one week prior to the commencement of university as part of the College’s Orientation Program (“O-Week”). The O-Week Program, run by the Student Executives and Resident Assistants in conjunction with College staff, aims to integrate new students in to the life of the College and their new environment. The program is full of activities which orient new students to a new city and campus and forge life-long friendships. The College’s O-Week Program runs alongside that of the universities and students can attend the various university events on offer.
  • Academic Support: The College has a Dean of Students, who expertly assists new students with the transition to the tertiary environment. A strong tutorial program for a broad range of university courses is also on offer to assist with the transition to tertiary study. The College also has a Big Sister / Little Sister program, which pairs first year residents with a second or third year resident in the same or a similar course.
  • Pastoral Support: The College has a strong emphasis on pastoral care, through the Resident Assistant (RA) program, where each resident belongs to an RA family. In addition, the Dean of Students, the Deputy Head and Sr Kath Muirhead rscj all reside on site.
  • Emphasis on Health and Wellbeing: The College places an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of its residents. The College has a fully-equipped gym and offers a growing range of programs to improve mental health, such as yoga, sewing classes and walking group.
  • Social Networks: Living in a community of 200 students, plus the other 2000+ College students at UQ, provides an ideal way to meet new people and make new friends in a new city. The Colleges offer a broad range of social opportunities throughout the year.
  • Sporting and Cultural Opportunities: The Inter-College Cup provides an active sporting and cultural life for the residents of the various Colleges at UQ. Sports include swimming, tennis, netball, touch, volleyball, rowing, AFL, badminton, basketball, hockey, soccer and table tennis. Cultural opportunities include Debating, Chess, Choralfest, Dancefest, College Idol, Bandfest, Art Show and One Act Play.


  • How to Apply

    Applications to Duchesne College are now open and are easy to do. Simply Download and complete the Application form along with the Application Interview form and mail them into the College.

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    Duchesne College seeks to nurture each of its students, in the tradition of Madeleine Sophie Barat. Acknowledging and celebrating ‘achievement’, in its widest sense, plays an important part in this.

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    The College boasts many facilities and services to our students, including a Learning Lounge, Wi-fi availability in common areas, 2 large common rooms, fully equipped Gym and over 200 single study bedrooms.

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