Undergraduate applications and offers

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Release of ATAR-based offers rescheduled to 26 January 2022

The NSW Government has announced that HSC written exams will now start on 9 November 2021 and HSC results will be released on 24 January 2022. As a consequence, the following UAC dates have been set:

20 January: NSW and ACT ATARs released
21 January: Deadline for changing preferences for January Round 2
26 January: January Round 2 offers released (first offers based on ATARs)

  1. If you’re a 2021 Year 12 student, enter your Year 12 student number (issued through your school) and UAC PIN. (2021 NSW HSC applicants and ACT Year 12 applicants: Your UAC PIN will be emailed to the address you registered with NESA. 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.)
  2. Enter your personal details (including a personal email address - don't use a school address as it will expire). The name on your application must match the name on your official ID, otherwise you’ll have problems when you enrol.
  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. 2021 Year 12 students can also pay using BPAY or Post Billpay (in Australia only). Your application is not complete until you have paid.
  7. 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 using your UAC application number and UAC PIN. You can't change your preferences by phone, letter or email.

[Updated 24 Sep 2021]

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 midnight Thu 22 Apr 2021 to 7.30am Thu 29 Apr 2021).

Offer round Apply and pay by midnight on Upload PDF documents by midnight on Change preferences by midnight on Offers released at 7.30am on
April Round 1 Thu 15 Apr 2021 Thu 22 Apr 2021 Thu 22 Apr 2021 Thu 29 Apr 2021
May Round 1

Thu 22 Apr 2021

Thu 29 Apr 2021

Thu 6 May 2021

Thu 13 May 2021

May Round 2

Thu 6 May 2021

Thu 13 May 2021

Thu 20 May 2021

Thu 27 May 2021

June Round 1

Thu 20 May 2021

Thu 27 May 2021

Thu 3 Jun 2021

Thu 10 Jun 2021

June Round 2

Thu 3 Jun 2021

Thu 10 Jun 2021

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Thu 24 Jun 2021

July Round 1

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Thu 24 Jun 2021

Thu 1 Jul 2021

Thu 8 Jul 2021

July Round 2

Thu 1 Jul 2021

Thu 8 Jul 2021

Thu 15 Jul 2021

Thu 22 Jul 2021

August Round 1

Mon 26 Jul 2021

Fri 30 July 2021

Thu 5 Aug 2021

Thu 12 Aug 2021

August Round 2

Thu 5 Aug 2021

Thu 12 Aug 2021

Thu 19 Aug 2021

Thu 26 Aug 2021

September Round 1

Thu 19 Aug 2021

Thu 26 Aug 2021

Thu 2 Sep 2021

Thu 9 Sep 2021

September Round 2

Thu 2 Sep 2021

Thu 9 Sep 2021

Thu 16 Sep 2021

Thu 23 Sep 2021

October Round 1

Thu 9 Sep 2021

Thu 16 Sep 2021

Thu 30 Sep 2021

Fri 8 Oct 2021

October Round 2

Thu 30 Sep 2021

Thu 7 Oct 2021

Thu 14 Oct 2021

Thu 21 Oct 2021

November Round 1

Thu 21 Oct 2021

Thu 28 Oct 2021

Thu 4 Nov 2021

Fri 12 Nov 2021

November Round 2

Thu 4 Nov 2021

Tue 9 Nov 2021

Thu 18 Nov 2021

Thu 25 Nov 2021

December Round 1

Mon 8 Nov 2021

Fri 12 Nov 2021

Thu 2 Dec 2021

Thu 9 Dec 2021

December Round 2
(cancelled)
January Round 1

Thu 9 Dec 2021

Tue 28 Dec 2021

Thu 6 Jan 2022

Thu 13 Jan 2022

January Round 2
(first ATAR-based offers)

Thu 6 Jan 2022

Tue 11 Jan 2022

Fri 21 Jan 2022

Wed 26 Jan 2022

February Round 1

Thu 20 Jan 2022

Thu 27 Jan 2022

Sat 29 Jan 2022

Thu 3 Feb 2022

February Round 2

Fri 4 Feb 2022*

Fri 4 Feb 2022

Sat 5 Feb 2022

Thu 10 Feb 2022

February Round 3

Fri 4 Feb 2022*

Fri 4 Feb 2022

Sat 12 Feb 2022

Thu 17 Feb 2022

March Round 1

Fri 4 Feb 2022*

Thu 24 Feb 2022

Thu 24 Feb 2022

Thu 3 Mar 2022

All times indicated are based on Sydney time.

* This is the final closing date to apply for courses starting semester 1, 2022. If you apply close to or on this date, you may not have seven days to provide documents to support your application.

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.

You can also click the 'Apply or log in' button at the top of the page. Log in with your UAC application number and UAC PIN.

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 2021-22 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 2022 semester 1 courses

Offer rounds for 2021 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.

Due to changes to this year's NSW HSC timetable, NSW and ACT ATARs will be released on 20 January 2021. The first offers to Year 12 students based on their ATARs will be made in January Round 2 on 26 January 2022.

It is anticipated that offers will be made to applicants with the following 2021 qualifications on the same date:

  • interstate Year 12 qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate
  • NCEA.

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

Offer rounds for applicants with 2021 tertiary studies

UAC cannot assess your 2021 tertiary studies until we have access to your results. Most results will be available to be assessed in time for January Round 1 offers.

Early offer rounds

The offer rounds before January 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 2 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. Offers are made progressively on designated offer round dates. 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:

  • 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 your offer

Most institutions require you to accept your offer online. When you log in to check your offer, 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 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 during enrolment and you'll need it to access Commonwealth Government HELP loans (eg HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP).

If you already have a USI, you can enter it in your UAC application.

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.

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

Semester 2 (or trimesters 2 and 3): 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 any more information than that contained in the email. 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 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

02 Dec 2021

Undergraduate: Change preferences for December Round 1 offers

Change your preferences by midnight. All undergraduate applicants will then be unable to change preferences for future rounds until 7.30am on 9 December.

09 Dec 2021

Undergraduate: December Round 1 offers released

Offers (including unconditional SRS offers) released on this website at 7.30am. Change your preferences for the next offer round by midnight 13 December.

09 Dec 2021

Undergraduate: January Round 1 application deadline

Apply and pay by midnight to be eligible for offers in January Round 1.

28 Dec 2021

Undergraduate: January Round 1 documents deadline

Upload PDF documents by midnight.

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