Undergraduate applications and offers

Steps to completing your application

Applications are open. Please note the following:

  • Courses starting in semester 1, 2025 will become available for selection in the application as details are confirmed. In the meantime, you can complete your application by selecting another course then log back in later and change your course preferences.
  • All courses will be available for selection by August 2024.
  • 2024 interstate Year 12 applicants (excl. IB applicants): apply after 1 August 2024. UAC will have access to your student ID details from this date. We need your student ID details to match your end-of-year results to your application. We also need them if you want to apply for the Schools Recommendation Scheme. You will not be disadvantaged by applying after 1 August: the first offers to 2024 Year 12 students will not be made until November 2024.
  1. Start your application by registering with a personal email address and a password. You'll be sent an email to validate your registration details.
  2. Log in using your registered email address and password.
  3. Select your citizenship.
  4. Tell us if you're completing a Year 12 qualification in 2024.
  5. If you’re a 2024 Year 12 student, enter your Year 12 student number (issued through your school) and UAC PIN. (2024 NSW HSC applicants and ACT Year 12 applicants: Your UAC PIN was emailed to the address you registered with NESA on 3 April 2024. All other Year 12 applicants: Your UAC PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth – eg if your birthday is 3 October, your UAC PIN is 0310.)
  6. Enter/check your personal details, including:
    1. your name (the name on your application must match the name on your official ID, otherwise you’ll have problems when you enrol)
    2. your personal email address
    3. your Unique Student Identifier (USI) (a government-issued student reference number that you need to enrol at an institution and get HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP – apply for a USI or check if you already have one).
  7. Enter/check details of your studies and qualifications (including completed secondary studies and complete or incomplete certificate, diploma and degree studies).
  8. Select up to five course preferences.
  9. Accept the applicant declaration.
  10. Pay for your application with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or PayPal account. 2024 Year 12 students can also pay using BPAY (in Australia only). Your application is not complete until you have paid.
  11. Check your email regularly for updates on your application.

Once you've applied, you can change the order of your preferences – or even the courses you’ve selected – as often as you like before the closing dates for each offer round. (Some courses have early application closing dates so check for these as well.) Simply log in to your application. You can't change your preferences by phone, letter or email.

Year 12 students: How to apply through UAC

Step-by-step instructions for completing a UAC undergraduate application as a Year 12 student
Duration: 5.43 minutes

Post-school applicants: How to apply through UAC

Step-by-step instructions for completing a UAC undergraduate application as a post-school applicant
Duration: 4.25 minutes

How to manage your UAC application

Explains what you can do when you log back in to your UAC application: change your course preferences, check your offers, update your email address and more.
Duration: 2.11 minutes

How to edit your personal details in your UAC application

Step-by-step guide to changing your name or date of birth in your UAC application.
Duration: 0.45 minutes

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Note that you are unable to change your preferences in your application between each offer round's deadline for changing preferences and the release of offers (eg from 11.59pm Thu 11 Apr 2024 to 7.30am Thu 18 Apr 2024).

Institutions decide when they will make offers to their courses. There may be a significant amount of time between when you apply for a course and when the institution makes offers to that course. Most offers to 2025 semester 1 courses will be made in December and January.

Offer round Apply and pay by 11.59pm on Upload PDF documents by 11.59pm on Change preferences by 11.59pm on Offers released at 7.30am on
April Round 1 Thu 4 Apr 2024 Thu 11 Apr 2024 Thu 11 Apr 2024 Thu 18 Apr 2024
May Round 1 Thu 18 Apr 2024 Thu 25 Apr 2024 Thu 2 May 2024 Thu 9 May 2024
May Round 2 Thu 2 May 2024 Thu 9 May 2024 Thu 16 May 2024 Thu 23 May 2024
June Round 1 Thu 16 May 2024 Thu 23 May 2024 Thu 30 May 2023 Thu 6 Jun 2024
June Round 2 Thu 30 May 2024 Thu 6 Jun 2024 Thu 13 Jun 2024 Thu 20 Jun 2024
July Round 1 Thu 20 Jun 2024 Thu 27 Jun 2024 Fri 5 Jul 2024 Fri 12 Jul 2024
July Round 2 Thu 4 Jul 2024 Thu 11 Jul 2024 Thu 18 Jul 2024 Thu 25 Jul 2024
August Round 1 Thu 11 Jul 2024 Thu 25 Jul 2024 Thu 1 Aug 2024 Thu 8 Aug 2024
August Round 2 Thu 1 Aug 2024 Thu 8 Aug 2024 Thu 15 Aug 2024 Thu 22 Aug 2024
September Round 1 Thu 15 Aug 2024 Thu 22 Aug 2024 Thu 29 Aug 2024 Thu 5 Sep 2024
September Round 2 Thu 22 Aug 2024 Thu 5 Sep 2024 Thu 12 Sep 2024 Thu 19 Sep 2024
October Round 1 Thu 29 Aug 2024 Thu 12 Sep 2024 Fri 27 Sep 2024 Fri 4 Oct 2024
October Round 2 Mon 16 Sep 2024 Mon 30 Sep 2024 Thu 10 Oct 2024 Thu 17 Oct 2024
November Round 1
(first early offers to Year 12 students through SRS)
Thu 10 Oct 2024 Thu 24 Oct 2024 Fri 1 Nov 2024 Fri 8 Nov 2024
November Round 2 Thu 24 Oct 2024 Thu 31 Oct 2024 Thu 14 Nov 2024 Thu 21 Nov 2024
December Round 1 Thu 31 Oct 2024 Thu 7 Nov 2024 Thu 28 Nov 2024 Thu 5 Dec 2024
December Round 2
(first ATAR-based offers)
Thu 7 Nov 2024 Thu 14 Nov 2024 Wed 18 Dec 2024 Mon 23 Dec 2024
January Round 1 Thu 5 Dec 2024 Thu 26 Dec 2024 Thu 2 Jan 2025 Thu 9 Jan 2025
January Round 2
Thu 2 Jan 2025 Thu 9 Jan 2025 Thu 16 Jan 2025 Thu 23 Jan 2025
February Round 1 Thu 23 Jan 2025 Thu 30 Jan 2025 Thu 30 Jan 2025 Thu 6 Feb 2025
February Round 2 Thu 30 Jan 2025 Thu 6 Feb 2025 Fri 7 Feb 2025 Thu 13 Feb 2025
March Round 1 Fri 7 Feb 2025* Thu 27 Feb 2025 Thu 27 Feb 2025 Thu 6 Mar 2025

All times indicated are based on Sydney time.

* This is the final closing date to apply for courses starting semester 1, 2025.

Choosing courses

Questions to ask yourself when deciding on your course preferences

Course Compass

Having trouble choosing a course? Find out what paths have been taken by people with similar Year 12 results to you

Managing your application

How to change your course preferences, track your application, and more

Authorising someone to act for you

How to authorise someone to speak to UAC about your application

Your UAC application number and PIN

How we notify you of your UAC application number and PIN and what to do if you forget them

How to upload documents

How to upload different types of documents plus document specifications

Medicine/dentistry/vet key dates and pathways

Application and offer dates plus admission criteria for undergraduate medical degrees

Early offer schemes for Year 12 students

Key dates, assessment criteria and application details for all early offer schemes offered to Year 12 students

Offers

Offers are released at 7.30am on each offer round date. We'll send you an email, so it is important that we have your correct email address. This can be updated at any time via your application.

Your offer will also be recorded in your application.

You can receive only one offer in each offer round. That offer will be to the highest preference for which you are eligible and competitive enough.

For example, if you’re eligible and competitive enough for the first preference you’ve listed, you’ll be made an offer to that course only. If you're not made an offer to your first preference, but are eligible and competitive enough for your second preference, you’ll be made an offer to your second preference.

There are a number of offer rounds throughout the year. Check the 'Important dates for 2024–25 admissions' at the top of this page: they are the dates by which you need to apply, provide documents and change your preferences to be guaranteed consideration in each offer round.

Your application will remain valid throughout the admissions period and you can change your preferences for courses starting later in the year.

Offers to 2025 semester 1 courses

Offer rounds for 2024 Year 12 students

You cannot receive an offer until you have an assessable qualification. Therefore, the most important offer round for Year 12 students takes place after ATARs are released.

NSW and ACT ATARs will be released on 18 December 2024. The first offers to Year 12 students based on their ATARs will be made in December Round 2 on 23 December 2024.

It is anticipated that offers will be made to applicants with 2024 interstate qualifications and IB qualifications on the same date.

It is anticipated that offers will be made to applicants with 2024 NCEA qualifications in January Round 2 on 22 January.

Applicants with a Queensland Certificate of Education: You must give QTAC permission to release your ATAR to UAC.

Note: Not all institutions make offers in December Round 2: check institutions participating in each offer round. Also, some institutions will wait until January Round 1 or January Round 2 to make offers to a small number of courses (eg medical degrees). Check with the relevant institutions about your selected courses.

Offer rounds for post-school applicants

If you already have a qualification we can assess, universities can make you an offer whenever they are ready to start filling places in their courses. This could be before they make offers to Year 12 students, or they may wait and make offers to all applicants at the same time. Therefore, you might not know the outcome of your application for a semester 1 course until late December or early January.

If you are completing tertiary studies this year, your results will usually be available for assessment in time for January Round 1 offers.

Early offer rounds

The offer rounds before December Round 2 are usually for early offer schemes such as the Schools Recommendation Scheme, ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) courses, distance education courses and some post-school applicants. Not all institutions participate in these early rounds, so if you don’t receive an early offer and aren’t in one of the categories listed, there’s no need to worry.

Some institutions have early offer schemes for Year 12 students. Through these schemes, Year 12 applicants may be selected for courses independently of their final Year 12 results.

Later offer rounds

Offer rounds after January Round 1 are for entry to courses that still have vacancies.

Offers to semester 2 courses

There is no 'main' offer round for semester 2 courses, or any courses starting after March. However, most offers are made on designated offer round dates between April and July.

Check when institutions will be making offers. But be aware that even if an institution is making offers in a particular round, it may not be making offers to your specific course. If you don't receive an offer, check in with the institution before you change your preferences: they will be able to give you an idea about if and when you are likely to receive an offer in another round.

Selection criteria

Before you can be selected for a course, you must first meet the course admission criteria. Then you must compete against other eligible applicants.

For most courses, you'll be selected mainly on your academic qualifications. For example, Year 12 applicants will usually be selected on the basis of their selection rank (ATAR + adjustment factors). If you're a post-school applicant, most institutions will consider the following factors in addition to your ATAR (or equivalent) when assessing your application and determining your selection rank:

  • secondary studies
  • tertiary studies
  • other relevant factors such as employment experience.

Read more about how your application and qualifications are assessed.

Selection process

Your preferences will be considered in the order you’ve listed them in your application.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for the course listed as your first preference, or your selection rank isn't high enough for you to be offered a place to that course, your second preference will be considered, and so on, until an offer can be made or you have no more preferences.

The institutions decide who they will make offers to. UAC doesn't select applicants, or have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer, or question decisions made by institutions.

Accepting your offer

Most institutions require you to accept your offer online. Your offer email will include either a link to accept your offer or further information about how to accept it.

If you receive an offer in one round, don't assume that you'll receive another offer in a later round.

Accept any offer you receive by following the instructions the institution gives you. You must accept your offer by the date indicated in your offer material, otherwise your offer will lapse and it may go to another applicant in the next round. If you have questions, contact the institution making the offer.

Accepting an offer doesn't stop you from being considered in later offer rounds, as long as you remove the successful course from your preferences list to prevent it blocking offers to lower preferences in future rounds.

If you receive an offer in one round and accept it, and then receive an offer in a later round, you can choose to do one of the following:

  • Keep your previous offer and not accept your new offer.
  • Accept your new offer and hold multiple offers. If the new offer is from the same institution as your previous offer, check its policy on accepting multiple offers: you may need to give up your first offer to accept the second.
  • Accept your new offer and withdraw from any other courses you've already accepted.

Accepted multiple offers? Withdraw before census date: Census date is the deadline for withdrawing from a course without financial or academic penalties. If you accept multiple offers, make sure you formally withdraw from all courses you are not proceeding with so that you are not charged tuition fees or graded as failed.

Enrolling

Each institution has its own procedures for enrolment.

When you apply, make sure the name on your application matches your official ID (birth certificate, passport, citizenship documents). You'll need your ID when you enrol and there may be problems if the name on your ID doesn't match your offer letter.

After you enrol in a semester 1 course, you have until the course census date (usually a couple of weeks after the course start date) to pay your fees, sign up for a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, or withdraw without penalty from the course.

Getting your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Students starting higher education need to have a USI.

Your USI stays with you for life and gives you access to an online record of your nationally recognised training in the form of a USI Transcript.

You'll be asked for it when you apply through UAC and when you enrol, and you'll need it to access Commonwealth Government HELP loans (eg HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP).

Check if you already have a USI (from previous vocational education or training).

Create a USI.

Advanced standing

If you have already studied at tertiary level, you may get credit for those studies when you enrol. Each institution has its own policy regarding advanced standing, which you should check carefully.

AQF Qualifications Pathway Policy

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualifications Pathway Policy aims to maximise the credit that students can gain for learning already undertaken and enhance student progression into and between AQF qualifications. For further information, visit the Australian Qualifications Framework website.

Deferment is when your institution gives you permission to delay starting your course. Deferment is for a fixed period, usually six months or one year.

All deferments are granted subject to the course being offered the following semester or following year. Some institutions will only let you defer in special circumstances.

How do I defer?

When you receive an offer to enrol in a course, information included with your offer will explain how to apply for deferment. You may have to accept the offer before you can defer.

Most institutions will ask you to provide a statement to explain why you wish to defer and what you'll be doing during this period.

Once your deferment has been granted, you'll receive written confirmation of your deferment from the institution concerned. This will also give instructions on how to take up your deferred course.

If, at the end of the deferment period, you decide you’d like to be considered for other courses, you can complete a new UAC application and include these course preferences. If you receive an offer to one of the new courses, you can then decide whether to accept the offer or take up your deferred course.

Can my offer lapse?

Yes. If you undertake degree studies or certain levels of TAFE study other than NSW HSC courses during your deferment period, your offer at many institutions will lapse. You'll need to re-apply through UAC and declare all of your studies. Check with each institution for specific policies.

Institutions make offers at different times of the year, depending on the course. They don’t make offers to every course in every offer round. So if you don’t get an offer in one offer round, it doesn’t mean you won’t get an offer in a later round.

How we notify you

Semester 1 (or trimester 1)

If you don't receive an offer at all for a semester 1 (or, where relevant, trimester 1) course, we'll advise you of this by email after:

  • January Round 2
  • February Round 1
  • February Round 2
  • March Round 1.

You won't receive an email from us if you received an offer in any round up to and including these rounds.

If you receive an email from us after, say, January Round 2 and don't change your course preferences for February Round 1, we won't send you another email if you're unsuccessful again in February Round 1.

Semester 2 (or trimesters 2 and 3)

Most offers for semester 2 are made in June and July; offers to courses starting in trimester 3 might be made in later rounds. If you don't receive an offer at all for a semester 2 (or, where relevant, trimester 2 or 3) course, we won't contact you but you can check the status of all your preferences by logging in to your application.

Reasons for not getting an offer

Unfortunately, UAC can't give you detailed information about why you didn't receive an offer; only the institution can do this. However, if you log in to your application and check your course preferences, you'll see a message explaining the status of your assessment for each preference.

If you are not eligible to receive an offer to a particular course preference, you will be given a short reason for this; for example:

  • you have not satisfied admission requirements
  • you have not satisfied course prerequisites
  • you do not meet English language requirements.

If you’ve met the basic admission requirements, this message will be: 'You are competing with other applicants for an offer.’ If the course start date has passed and you didn't receive an offer, it means that there were other applicants who were more competitive than you and they were offered places in that course ahead of you.

All course preference status explanations

(If you're a Year 12 student, an unsuccessful SRS application has no effect on your UAC undergraduate application.)

Back-up study options

When you apply, you'll be asked if you'd like to receive information about alternative study options should your application be unsuccessful. If you select ‘Yes’, you may be contacted by institutions (including some not included in your preferences) with details of other available study options. You can opt out of receiving this information by logging in to your application.

UAC also recommends that, when you choose your course preferences, you include a 'back-up' course; that is, a course you are confident you'll be offered a place in and will be happy to study if you miss out on offers for your higher preferences. For example, you could include a diploma course in a similar area of study as your preferred degree course. You could then use your diploma studies as a stepping-stone to the degree.

Many students enrol in a course with a view to transferring into another course after completing a year’s study. A typical example is completing one year of a general degree (such as Arts) and then transferring to a more specialised degree (such as Arts/Law).

Transfers such as this are possible but very competitive, and you usually need to achieve excellent results in your first year. Each institution has its own requirements for transfers and you should check with the relevant institution for more information before you enrol.

In most cases you're not actually transferring; you're withdrawing from one course and applying for entry to another. You usually need to submit a new application through UAC for the new course.

If you are transferring to another course in the same admissions period (eg transferring to a new course in the new year) you don't need to reapply because your application is still active – you just need to change your preferences. Then, if you get an offer you can formally withdraw from your current course. It’s important to do this in order to avoid additional HECS fees or absent fail results on your academic record.

Read our news story: How to transfer to a different degree

Application and offer dates

20 Jun 2024

Undergraduate: June Round 2 offers released

Offers released on this website at 7.30am. Change your preferences for the next offer round by 11.59pm 5 July. When to expect your offer

20 Jun 2024

Undergraduate: July Round 1 application deadline

Apply and pay by 11.59pm to be eligible for offers in July Round 1.

27 Jun 2024

Undergraduate: July Round 1 documents deadline

Upload PDF documents by 11.59pm.

04 Jul 2024

Undergraduate: July Round 2 application deadline

Apply and pay by 11.59pm to be eligible for offers in July Round 2.

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