Frequently asked questions

FAQs about uni offers

How will I know if I receive an offer?

If you receive an offer we'll send you an email. Most institutions require you to accept your offer online; however, each institution has particular instructions for accepting offers. Check the institution's website and follow the instructions carefully.

If I receive an offer, can I defer my enrolment?

It depends on the institution and the course. Contact the relevant institution for more information.

How and when do I accept my offer?

Your offer information will explain acceptance and enrolment dates, and procedures at the institution making the offer, so you should follow these instructions carefully. If you don't accept your offer by the date given, your offer will lapse.

International applicants: Once you have accepted your offer and paid the required fees, the institution will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). This document will allow you to obtain your student visa.

Can someone else accept an offer for me if I’m not going to be here when offers are released?

To authorise someone to accept an offer on your behalf, contact the relevant institution.

What should I do if I am away for enrolment?

Contact the relevant institution for advice as enrolment dates and procedures differ for each institution.

Who decides who receives an offer?

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

How do I find out why I didn’t get an offer?

If you have questions about the selection process, contact the admissions office at the relevant institution. You can also ask them about the study options that may be available to you.

Undergraduate applicants: If you aren't made an offer at all for admission in semester 1 you'll receive notification from UAC (after January Round 1, January Round 2 and February Round 2) advising you that your application was unsuccessful.

What should I do if I have accepted my offer and enrolled but have received a new offer which I want to accept?

You can accept your new offer before withdrawing your enrolment from the first institution. However, ensure you follow the institution's procedures for withdrawing your enrolment by the appropriate census date, otherwise you'll be charged fees.

Why did I receive an offer to a course I didn't apply for?

Some institutions may make a slipback offer to a pathway (lower level) course if you're not eligible or competitive enough for the courses for which you've applied. Read more about pathways to university.

For undergraduate applicants only

When are offers released?

There are several offer rounds throughout the year. Most offers are made in December Round 2 and January Round 1. Check the undergraduate key dates for the details of all offer rounds.

What is the difference between offer rounds?

Most applicants will receive their offers once end-of-year results are known. Some institutions may make a limited number of early offers to certain applicants, including:

  • post-school applicants with no current studies or tests
  • Year 12 applicants selected on criteria other than their ATAR, such as interview, audition, or special admissions program
  • applicants for distance education courses
  • Year 12 applicants receiving offers as part of the Schools Recommendation Schemes.

After January Round 1 there are more offer rounds for study in semester 1. However, not all institutions make offers in these rounds and not all courses will still have vacancies. Read more about undergraduate offers.

How many offers can I receive in each round?

You can only receive one offer in each offer round. 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.

Read about changing your preferences after you receive an offer.

Can I accept an offer and change preferences for a later offer round?

Yes. But keep in mind that your course preferences are considered in the order in which you've listed them. If you receive an offer to your first preference for an institution in one offer run, you won’t be considered for your lower preferences at that institution in subsequent offer runs unless you change your preferences.

If you’d like to be considered for other courses at an institution, you need to remove your first preference and put your new preferred course as your first preference for that institution before the closing date for 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 at an institution in subsequent rounds.

Read more about changing your undergraduate course preferences.

Should I accept my offer or wait to see if I get one in another round?

Accept your offer. If you don't accept it and you don't receive an offer in a future round, you may miss out on studying at university this year. Accepting your offer doesn't stop you from being considered in future offer rounds unless it is your first preference.

An institution has made me an offer in an early round but it's not to my first preference at that institution. Does that mean I won't receive an offer to my first preference in a later offer round?

No, even if an institution is making some offers in an early round, it may not be making any offers to the course you have listed as your first preference. Therefore, if you are eligible and competitive enough, it can make you an offer to that preference in a later offer round.

For example, if you have consecutive preferences (say 1, 2 and 3) for the same institution in an early offer round and you get an offer to preference 3, you may have missed out on an offer to preferences 1 and 2 not because you're not eligible, but because the institution is not making offers to that course until later offer rounds.

Accepting an offer to a lower course preference doesn't stop you from being considered for your higher course preferences in later offer rounds. 

For international applicants only

When are offers released?

Most offers to Year 12 applicants will be made after ATARs are released in December, but there are many offer rounds throughout the year. 

Offer dates: semester 1, 2019

Apply and pay by midnight on

Change your courses by midnight on*

Unconditional offers released at 7.30am on

Sun 16 Sep 2018

Mon 17 Sep 2018

Thu 20 Sep 2018

Mon 17 Dec 2018

Tue 18 Dec 2018

Fri 21 Dec 2018

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Tue 1 Jan 2019

Fri 4 Jan 2019

Tue 8 Jan 2019

Wed 9 Jan 2019

Sat 12 Jan 2019

Mon 13 Jan 2019

Tue 14 Jan 2019

Thu 17 Jan 2019

Mon 28 Jan 2019

Tue 29 Jan 2019

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Fri 8 Feb 2019Tue 5 Mar 2019Fri 8 Mar 2019

* Do not change your courses between this date and the date offers are released; if you do, you may miss out on an offer to your preferred course.

How many offers can I receive in each round?

Your courses are considered in the order you have listed them in your application. However, each institution you have applied to will consider your application separately. Therefore, you can receive an offer to your highest preference at each institution included in your application (if you are eligible and competitive enough).

For example, if you list six courses, all for Western Sydney University, in your application, you will only receive one offer – from Western Sydney University – to the highest course listed for which you are eligible and competitive enough.

If you list six courses, three for Macquarie University and three for the University of Newcastle, you will receive two offers – one to the highest course listed at Macquarie University for which you are eligible and competitive enough, and one to the highest course listed at the University of Newcastle for which you are eligible and competitive enough.

What is an unconditional offer?

An unconditional offer means you are eligible to enrol in a specified course of study. To receive an unconditional offer to a course you must have it in your list of courses when offers are made. You must also have a selection rank (or equivalent) equal to or higher than the final selection rank for admission to the course, and have met any other course entry requirements.

Read more about unconditional offers.

What is a conditional offer?

Approximately 48 hours after you have applied through UAC, you'll receive a conditional offer of admission which lists all the courses for which you've applied. You can use a conditional offer of admission as part of you pre-visa assessment, if required, but it does not mean you are eligible to enrol in a course of study.

To be eligible to enrol in a course of study, you need to receive an unconditional offer, meet the minimum admission requirements of the institution and compete against other applicants for a place.

Read more about conditional and unconditional offers.