8 things you’ll want to know when choosing UNSW Business School

Joining UNSW could be the best decision you will ever make. Here's why:

1. You will be more employable than the average graduate

Your career starts from Day 1 at UNSW Business School. We’re not saying you have to turn up to your first day of class in a suit, but you should enrol in the Career Accelerator program to take advantage of the suite of opportunities on offer, to get ahead in your career. In addition to your classroom studies, you will have access to internship placements, mentoring and global opportunities. We can also help build your professional network and connect you with the industry through:

  • Business Connect – An opportunity to learn sought-after soft skills in an industry setting while networking onsite at an industry partner’s office
  • Industry Insights – Lunchtime workshops sessions covering new and important industry trends delivered by employers and industry professionals, right here on campus
  • Business Case Competitions – A chance to compete as a part of a team in highly regarded local and international case competitions

2. NSW Business School graduates have some of the highest starting salaries in Australia

Did you know that UNSW has more start-up founders and millionaires than any other Australian university? A report on Australia's Top 50 CEOs also found that UNSW has educated more corporate leaders than any other institution1. In fact, UNSW graduates are more likely to gain full-time employment and earn a higher starting salary than students from most Australian universities2.

3. Travel the world while studying

At UNSW, you will have opportunities to explore different countries and cultures while studying. We’re known as Australia’s Global University for a reason! Enrol in COMM3020 Global Business Practicum – an experiential and intensive course run overseas with partner organisations. Through this course, you will get a better understanding of what it’s like to work overseas and gain key workplace skills. You can choose to study in a number of global cities including Bangkok, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Israel and Shanghai. The best part? It’s not all work and you’ll get time to explore your new city, make new friends and experience a unique culture. There are also many grants and scholarships available to Business School students looking to study overseas.

4. You don’t have to be a math genius to study Commerce

Not a math genius? Not to worry. It is a common misconception that HSC students need to have topped their math class to be a good fit for the Business School. While all specialisations within the Bachelor of Commerce will involve some numbers, the weight and difficulty will vary – so you can find the course best suited to you. Find out which study area is best aligned with your career goals by checking out the UNSW undergraduate degrees page and coming along to Info Day to talk to our academics and current students. As a student, there is also academic support on campus if you feel like you need a helping hand with maths or any other course content.

5. You will have support at university – you're not in this alone

If you have any questions regarding university life, feel free to reach out to our Peer Mentors and they will be more than happy to help. For academic support, you can join a PASS group – a free, weekly, out-of-class study sessions facilitated by a student who has previously successfully completed the course you’re studying. This is a great way to get tips about how to ace your next assignment or learn how to study smart for your exams. You can have a look at the course list to see which courses are part of the PASS program. It’s also a great idea to come along to O-week and sign up to clubs and societies you are interested in. Not only do they offer academic support like revision lectures, but they are the heart of social life at UNSW.

6. Don't stress if you are unsure who you want to be when you graduate

If you don’t know where your strengths lie and what you are passionate about – there is no need to worry, this is completely normal. At UNSW, we offer flexible and double degrees to enable you to study a breadth of subjects to find out what you are interested in and maximise your career prospects. UNSW’s Bachelor of Commerce offers flexible first-year core subjects, meaning you can try a range of different study areas before choosing a major (or two). Create the degree that’s right for you!

7. If you aspire to be an entrepreneur and are passionate about social impact

Want to change the world? As part of the Career Accelerator program, you can take part in Social Entrepreneurship Practicums and Global Consulting Group (GCG), a Pro Bono consulting firm that brings together not-for-profits, consulting professionals and students to create a real impact on social issues around the world. The practicum program enables students to develop professional skills while working in a team on a real social entrepreneurship project. You can check the website and newsletters for most up-to-date information. UNSW is also partnered with the Centre for Social Impact meaning you can study social impact subjects for credit as a part of your degree.

8. Most importantly, you’ll be taught by the best of the best

UNSW is one of the world’s leading universities– consistently placing within top 50 world rankings3. We are a highly esteemed research institution with academics who are international leaders in their fields and Professors of Practice who are industry professionals teaching at UNSW. This allows you to learn strategies and concepts that are at the forefront of industry, setting you apart from other graduates.

If you want more advice on which degree to choose, please get in touch with our Future Students team.


  1. 2017 BRW Young Rich List
  2. 2018 QILT survey
  3. In 2019, the UNSW Business School has been ranked:
    • 1st in Australia and 15th worldwide for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject)
    • 1st in Australia and 18th worldwide for Finance (Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects)
    • 2nd in Australia and 26th worldwide for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject)
    • Ranked within the Top 50 worldwide for Economics and Econometrics and Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject)