Undergraduate applications and offers

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Steps to completing your application

Applications for semester 1 courses have closed. If you applied for semester 1 and now want to apply for semester 2, don't submit a new application; simply log in to your existing application and change your preferences.

If you've undertaken studies in semester 1, you need to tell us about them in your application. Institutions release results at different times and your results may not be available to be considered in time for some offer rounds.

Check the first possible offer round in which semester 1 results from participating institutions will be available to UAC.

  1. Enter your personal details (including a personal email address). The name on your application must match the name on your official ID, otherwise you’ll have problems when you enrol.
  2. If you’re a 2017 Year 12 student, enter your Year 12 student number and UAC PIN. 2018 Year 12 students cannot apply until 1 August.
  3. Provide details of your studies and qualifications (including completed secondary studies and complete or incomplete certificate, diploma and degree studies).
  4. Select up to five course preferences.
  5. Accept the applicant declaration. 
  6. Pay for your application with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or PayPal account. 2017 Year 12 students can also pay using BPAY or Post Billpay (in Australia only). 

After you apply, 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 or the My UAC mobile app using your UAC application number and UAC PIN. You can't change your preferences by phone, letter or email.

Note that there are short periods before each offer round when you are unable to change your preferences in your application.

Important dates for 2017–18 admissions.

Offers

Offers are released at 7.30am on each offer round date, here and on the My UAC app. Click on 'Check your offers' and log in with your UAC application number and UAC PIN.


We'll also send you an alert email instructing you to log in to your application and check your correspondence, so it is important that we have your correct email address. This can be updated at any time via your application. You should view this correspondence as it may include additional information relating to your offer.

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.

Offer rounds

There are a number of offer rounds throughout the year. Check the undergraduate key dates by which you need to apply, provide documents and change your preferences to be guaranteed consideration in each offer round. You can also download a PDF of important dates for undergraduate applications.

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

OFFER ROUNDS FOR YEAR 12 STUDENTS

The most important offer rounds for Year 12 students are December Round 2 (Thursday 21 December 2017) and January Round 1 (Friday 12 January 2018) and January Round 2 (Wednesday 31 January), after ATARs are released. This is when most Year 12 applicants receive their offers.

EARLY OFFER ROUNDS

The offer rounds before December Round 2 are usually for early entry schemes such as Schools Recommendation Schemes, 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. 

Download the Early Entry Schemes Fact Sheet.

LATER OFFER ROUNDS

Offer rounds after January Round 1 are for entry to courses that still have vacancies or for new courses that begin later in the year.

Selection criteria and process

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:

  • 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 there’s no place available in the course listed as your first preference, 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 and enrolling

ACCEPTING YOUR OFFER

Most institutions require you to accept your offer online. Log in to 'Check your offers' or the My UAC app using your UAC PIN and UAC application number. You'll be given 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 either to:

  • keep your previous offer and not accept your new offer, or
  • accept your new offer and withdraw from the course you've already accepted.

Once you accept your offer, the next step is enrolment.

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 course, you have until the census date at the end of March to pay your fees, sign up for a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, or withdraw without penalty from the course.

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 PATHWAYS 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.

Changing your preferences after you receive an offer

Your offer will be to the highest preference for which you are eligible and competitive enough. 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.

If you receive an offer to your first preference in one offer round, you won’t be considered for your lower preferences in subsequent offer rounds unless you change your preferences.

If you’d like to be considered for other courses:

  • accept the offer to your first preference
  • log in to your application and replace your first preference with your new preferred course before the next offer round.

If you receive an offer to a lower preference in an offer round, you'll automatically be considered for your higher preferences in subsequent rounds. If you’d like to be considered for other courses, you need to remove the course you’ve been offered, and any other courses you’re no longer interested in, from your list of preferences.

For example, let’s say you have the following five courses listed as preferences and you receive an offer to your second preference:

Preferences

 

1

B Life Science

2

B Animal Science

3

B Science (Physics)

4

B Human Sciences

5

B Natural Science (Animal Science)

First, you should accept your offer to B Animal Science. If you leave your preferences as they are, then you’ll only be considered for your first preference, B Life Science, in subsequent rounds.

If you want to be considered for courses other than B Life Science, you can change your preferences in any way you like – even add new courses to your list. Just make sure you have a realistic chance of meeting the selection rank and can satisfy any additional course requirements.

If, for example, you change your preferences to the following, you’ll notice that B Animal Science has been removed from the list:

Preferences

 

1

B Science (Physics)

2

B Science (Flexible)

3

B Biotechnology

4

B Human Sciences

5

B Teaching/B Science

As long as you’ve accepted your offer to this course, you won’t lose your place. If you now receive an offer to a course in your new list, you can decide whether to accept it and withdraw from B Animal Science or not accept the new offer and keep your place in B Animal Science.

If you reject an offer or let it lapse and then change your mind, contact the institution’s admissions office, as only the institution can reinstate the offer.

Deferring your course

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.

If you don't receive an offer

If you don't receive an offer at all for semester 2, we'll advise you of this after June Round 2 and July Round 2. (If you're a Year 12 student, an unsuccessful SRS application has no effect on your UAC undergraduate application.)

Wait until you have read this correspondence before seeking advice. UAC cannot give you any more information than that contained in the letter. Contact the relevant institution for further advice on your study options.

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

However, if you log in to your application and check your preferences, you'll see a message explaining the status of your assessment for each preference. If this message is 'Eligible – subject to being competitive' but you didn't receive an offer to that course, it means that there were other applicants who were more competitive than you and they were offered places in that course ahead of you.

If you do not receive an offer you can change your preferences for the following round.

ALTERNATIVE 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.

Transferring to another course

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 semester 2) you don't need to re-apply 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.

Application and offer dates

Jun 2018

24

Undergraduate: change preferences for June round 3 offers

Change your preferences by midnight. All undergraduate applicants will then be unable to change preferences for future rounds until 7.30am on 26 June.

Jun 2018

25

Undergraduate: July Round 1 application deadline

Apply and pay by midnight to be eligible for offers in July Round 1. Semester 2 course vacancies will be limited - check with the institution.

Jun 2018

26

Undergraduate: change of preferences opens for July round 1 offers

Change of preferences opens at 7.30am for July Round 1 offers.

Jun 2018

28

Undergraduate: June round 3 offers released

Offers released on this website at 7.30am.

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