Offers are out: what to do next

24 Dec 2019

Congratulations to the more than 38,000 hopeful university applicants who have received an offer to study at one of UAC’s participating institutions in 2020.

If you missed out on an offer to your favourite course, or missed out altogether, don’t be disheartened; most courses still have vacancies.

There are several more offer rounds to come. Preferences are now locked in for the next offer round, January Round 2, on Thursday 23 January. After the January rounds, institutions will make progressively smaller numbers of offers in February for courses with vacancies. 

So, depending on your situation, here's what to do on Thursday:

Got an offer to your number 1 course

That's great! Go ahead and accept it and follow the uni's instructions for enrolment. 

Got an offer but it's not to your preferred course

  • Accept the offer. 
  • Move the offered course to the bottom of your preference list (or remove it altogether).
  • Ask the institution if there are still vacancies for your preferred course and lock in your preferences for February Round 1 offers by midnight on Sunday 2 February. 

If you get an offer to your preferred course in February Round 1, you can:

  • accept the new offer
  • withdraw your acceptance of the first offer (this will free up your place in the course for someone else).

Haven't received any offers yet

  • Reassess your preferences. Are they courses for which your ATAR should meet the lowest required selection rank? Check the selection ranks required to receive an offer to each course in January Round 1.
  • Consider including a diploma course in your preference list. They usually require a lower selection rank than bachelor degrees in the same subject area and, if you do well in your first year, you can often transfer to the second year of the related bachelor degree.
  • Ask the institutions if there are still vacancies for your preferred courses and lock in your preferences for February Round 1 offers by midnight on Sunday 2 February.
  • In your application, make sure you have selected 'Yes' to the question asking you if you'd like to receive information about alternative study options. This will allow institutions to contact you about other courses.

Haven't applied for any courses yet

It’s not too late, but only a few courses will still have vacancies.

Before you apply, check with the relevant institutions to make sure there are still places in the courses that interest you.

Applications close at midnight on Friday 7 February.