First timers

First timers

Welcome to Macquarie

Macquarie University was founded in 1964 and enrols around 40,000 students in more than 200 degrees. This includes preparation courses, undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses. These courses are offered across five faculties – Arts, Business and Economics, Human Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

We have two campuses in Sydney: North Ryde and the City. Macquarie's main campus is located on 126 hectares in North Ryde, about 15 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The park-like grounds are within walking distance of Macquarie Shopping Centre, which is the largest shopping centre in New South Wales.

Our City campus is located in the Sydney CBD and used by Macquarie Applied Finance Centre (MAFC), the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), for their postgraduate offerings.

Students who complete an undergraduate degree can go onto postgraduate studies and work towards a master’s degree or PhD in Macquarie's extensive research areas across our five faculties. We have an alumni population of more than 160,000 people in 140 countries and you will become part of this network once you graduate.

How university works

Learning is conducted in lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes over two or three sessions (or semesters). This learning may be online, face-to-face on campus, or a mix of both. All classes are taught by academics who have researched in the area, or professionals with industry experience.

Lectures are large classes taught by lecturers or professors and are usually one to two hours long with student interaction limited to questions. Sometimes several hundred students may attend a lecture. Most of our lectures are recorded and made available through iLearn. You might find you have multiple academics delivering your course content so when you don’t understand something, you'll probably wait until you meet you tutor to ask questions.

Tutorials or seminars are taught by tutors, who are usually PhD students, academics or working professionals. In small groups of 15-25 students, these classes expand on the material in your lectures. Your tutor is the first person you should speak to if you don't understand something. You'll be expected to prepare for these classes by doing assigned readings or independent study, and you'll need to actively participate in these classes as most will have a participation requirement for your final mark.

Practical classes could include laboratory classes, practice times or workshops, depending on your course. Not every course has practicals and it’s important to remember that you might need additional equipment (safety glasses, laboratory coats, etc.) for these classes.

What to expect

Macquarie University is a suburb (we even have our own postcode!), so we offer a large range of shops, cafes, banking facilities, a bar, a hospital and bulk-billed medical clinic, counselling services, childcare and on-campus WiFi. Macquarie’s sports facilities are some of the best university facilities in the country, and our library is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. We also have our own teaching and research hospital, and sit in the Macquarie Park Innovation District.

Orientation Week or 'O Week' as you'll come to know it, is jam-packed full of events and activities to introduce you to life at Macquarie. Held the week before classes start in sessions one and two, you can register for workshops and seminars to help you adjust to the learning environment; meet our current students running 120 clubs and societies, which you can join online now via MacSync; meet your Macquarie University Mentor in the flesh; and participate in an array of exciting activities on campus where you'll make lifelong friends.

Throughout the session, you'll hear about different student events and activities where you can continue to connect and meet people. To get you started, sign up to MacSync and CareerHub; regularly check your student email address for your weekly newsletter MyMQ; and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (macquarieuni) for the latest updates on what's happening on campus.


Choosing a degree and creating your own timetable and schedule brings freedom and responsibility. This responsibility can be difficult at times and Macquarie has a range of student services to ensure you always have support on hand.

Macquarie is divided into five faculties, and each has their own branch of student services. Macquarie also has counselling services to assist students, and learning services to develop academic skills.

More information on support services can be obtained from Student Wellbeing.

Getting to Macquarie

Macquarie is the only Australian university with its own train station. Regular train and bus services extend to across Sydney. If you drive, there are about 4000 parking spaces on campus available to staff, students and visitors via a paid permit system.

Enrolling in units

Now for the exciting part – enrolling into your units and creating your timetable for your first year.

There are a few things you need to do before you can enrol, like get your Student ID, retrieve your program guide and learn some of the University lingo.

You can do all this and begin your enrolment on our accept and enrol page.

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