The course cut-off is the minimum selection rank (ATAR + bonus points) needed by most Year 12 applicants for selection into a course. Therefore, cut-offs are not the same as ATARs.
The cut-off doesn't represent the average ability of the students accepted for the course and does not reflect the quality of the course.
The interaction of three factors determines cut-offs:
- the number of places available in the course
- the number of applicants for the course
- the quality of those applicants.
These three factors mean that cut-offs change from year to year and are impossible to predict before applicants are selected for a particular course in a particular year. The cut-off for any course can rise, fall or remain the same.
Cut-offs for entry to courses in 2017 were not released until January 2017. Therefore, the undergraduate course search (which has been in operation since August 2016) shows the cut-offs that Year 12 applicants needed for entry into each course in 2016. Use these cut-offs as a guide only when deciding on your preferences.
The course search will show 2017 cut-offs when applications for 2017–18 open on 2 August 2017.
Offers to applicants who have an ATAR (or equivalent) below the cut-off
There are a number of reasons why an institution might make you an offer even though your ATAR is below the course cut-off. These include the institution considering other criteria through:
- alternative entry schemes
- Schools Recommendation Schemes
- early offer schemes
- Educational Access Schemes (EAS).
Institutions may also award the following bonus points: