Ease the pressure with an early offer

23 Jul 2021

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If you’re in Year 12 and planning to go to uni next year, there are plenty of opportunities to lock in an early offer before you get your ATAR. In many cases, with just a little effort, you can finish school feeling a bit more relaxed about what’s in store for 2022.

Most offers to Year 12 students are made in late December, after ATARs have been released. This is because the ATAR is one of the main tools universities use to select students for courses. But many universities also make early offers by using other selection criteria, such as Year 11 results, recommendations from schools, and extracurricular achievements. So, with an early offer, you can be confident that you’re heading to uni next year – long before you get your ATAR.

We highly recommend you make the most of all the opportunities universities give you to increase your chances of being selected for their courses. To help you out, we’ve collated all the early offer key dates and selection criteria from our institutions.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • UAC's early offer scheme, the Schools Recommendation Scheme, lets you apply for an early offer to multiple universities with just one application. It takes less than a minute to complete once you've submitted your UAC application for undergraduate study, and it's free. You don’t need to nominate any courses in your SRS application because it is automatically linked to your list of course preferences in your main UAC application. How to apply for SRS
  • Other early offer schemes require you to apply directly to the university, in addition to submitting your UAC application for undergraduate study. Each university has different deadlines and offer dates. They also have different selection criteria and document requirements. Read the application instructions carefully and submit all your information on time.
  • Some universities make conditional early offers, others make unconditional offers. If you receive a conditional offer, you'll need to meet additional conditions, such as a minimum ATAR. Details will be outlined in the offer letter. If you receive an unconditional offer, you're in! You don't need to meet any further conditions.
  • Always accept any early offer you receive: don't assume you'll get another offer later. If you receive an unconditional early offer through your UAC application, you can accept it, move it to the bottom of your preference list (or remove it altogether), and review/rearrange your preferences for the next offer round. Changing preferences after you receive an offer
  • Finally, while an early offer can take the pressure off, keep all your options open by continuing to concentrate on your studies and doing your best in your exams. You're almost there!
In 2020, unis made 12,371 offers to Year 12 students through the Schools Recommendation Scheme.