Selecting and changing course preferences

You can choose up to nine course preferences from the courses listed in the course search. Check the course updates for up-to-date lists of new and cancelled courses.

If there is more than one start date for a course, you'll need to select your preferred start date. You can apply for the same course with multiple start dates; however, each start date is a new preference.

Your preferences can include any combination of course types (eg Commonwealth-supported place courses, domestic fee-paying courses and ADFA-sponsored courses). Commonwealth-supported place courses typically cost you less than the equivalent domestic fee-paying courses. Read about the different types of courses.

Preference order

Institutions consider your course preferences according to the order in which you list them. If you're eligible and competitive enough for the first preference you've listed, you'll be made an offer to that course and the rest of your preferences won't be considered.

If you aren't eligible for your first preference, but are eligible and competitive enough for your second preference, you'll be made an offer to your second preference and the rest of your preferences won't be considered.

Your chance of being selected for a particular course is not decreased because you placed a course as a lower order preference. Similarly, you won't be selected for a course just because you entered that course as a higher order preference.

Anna does not qualify for an offer to the courses she has listed as preferences 1, 2 or 3, and has course 116677 as preference 4. Anna is eligible and more competitive than Blair and Catriona, who have both listed course 116677 as their first preference. Anna, therefore, receives an offer ahead of Blair and Catriona.

It's therefore important to order your course preferences carefully, including any pathway courses you might select.

Place the course you would like to do most at the top, your next most preferred second and so on down the list. Your preferences can include any courses starting in late 2016, semester 1, 2017 and semester 2, 2017 – your application remains valid throughout the admissions period.

If you're interested in only one course, then enter only that course. If you're interested in several courses, enter the course codes in order of preference up to the maximum of nine course preferences.

Also check the course description for the offer round when most offers will be made for your courses. You can access course descriptions through the course search. You can only receive one offer per round, so re-ordering your preferences after each round may give you multiple offers to choose from.

Changing your course preferences

You can change your preferences as many times as you like through Check & Change or the My UAC mobile app. You'll need your UAC application number and UAC PIN. You can't change your preferences by phone, letter, fax or email.

Check the closing dates for changing preferences for each offer round.

You will be unable to change your preferences between each closing date for course preferences and the corresponding offer round.

Some courses have early closing dates. This means that you must have the course as a preference by the course closing date.

Check the latest course information through the course search.