Frequently asked questions

FAQs about January Round 1

January Round 2 offers will be released on Thursday 21January 2021.

You can change your preferences for January Round 1 until midnight on Sunday 17 January.

January Round 1 lowest selection ranks and course vacancies

If you have questions regarding your offer, we recommend you contact the institution directly.

Institutions decide who they'll make offers to. UAC does not select applicants or have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer or to question decisions made by institutions.

If you haven't received any offers after January Round 1, we'll send you an email to confirm this. Once you have received the email, contact the relevant institution for further advice on your study options. UAC can't give you any more information than that contained in the email.

If courses still have places available, universities will make further offers in January Round 2 on Thursday 21 January. Once you've spoken to the university about your study options, lock in your preferences for January Round 2 by midnight on Sunday 17 January.

How to change your preferences

You will only receive an email notifying you that you've been unsuccessful if you have not received an offer in January Round 1 or in any previous round.

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 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.’ 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

Lowest selection ranks can increase or decrease. Some institutions may have already set the lowest selection rank they will accept for courses, so there may only be a slight chance of more offers being made at a lower selection rank.

Yes. While you can only get one offer per offer round, you can get different offers in different rounds. Once you receive an offer and accept it, you need to remove that course from your list or move it to the end of your preference list to allow other courses to be considered in the next offer round.

How to re-order your preferences between offer rounds

Yes. Applications for semester 1 courses close on Friday 5 February 2021. However, there may only be a limited number of courses with places still available at this time. Contact the relevant institution to check course availability.