Year 12 roadmap: from school to uni

22 Mar 2024

Thinking of further study once you’ve finished school but not sure where (or when) to get started?

You’ve come to the right place. When you apply for university through UAC, you can apply for multiple courses at multiple institutions, all in one spot. We’ll be running webinars and Q&As to keep you informed throughout the year, and we’re always here to answer your questions.

To help you plan ahead, we’ve put together a high-level roadmap with key application, scholarship and early offer dates, plus a guide to handy info sessions and uni open days.

Remember, it’s okay not to know exactly where you’re heading next year! You’ll get support from your school over the coming months, plus UAC will be here with you every step of the way – from researching your courses and submitting your application through to getting your offer and enrolling.

Good luck with your studies. We look forward to joining you on your application journey!

Cartoon image of a road with digital icons on it including a computer screen, a person reading, a stack of paper, a person graduating, a bird, stationery, a clock and a mobile phone

Terms 1 and 2

3 April Applications open
  • Not all courses will be available for selection straight away but they'll all be there by August
  • UAC PINs emailed to NSW and ACT students on this day: you need it to start your application (and view your ATAR in December)
  • Need help getting started? Read these steps to uni for Year 11 and 12 students

Term 3

early August All courses available
  • All courses will be available to preference on your UAC application
Uni open days
  • Talk directly to university staff and students and tour the campus at institutions you are interested in
  • Check upcoming dates on UAC's uni open days web page
16 September Schools Recommendation Scheme closing date
30 September

Early bird applications close

  • Apply and pay by 11.59pm on this date to avoid a substantial increase to the application processing charge
  • If you're unsure about which courses to choose, you can change your preferences later

Term 4

HSC exams
  • Good luck for your final assessments and exams! We’ll provide tips and resources from experts to support you
  • Reach out to friends, a trusted adult or professional if you feel overwhelmed

Next steps

November Entry scheme deadlines
  • If you’ve applied for SRS, finalise your UAC application preferences by 1 November. SRS conditional and unconditional offers will be released on 8 November
  • If you're submitting an Educational Access Scheme application, make sure you've submitted and uploaded your documents by 21 November so that it is considered in December Round 2 (first ATAR-based offers)
18 December ATAR and HSC results released
mid December December Round 2 deadline
late December December Round 2 offers
  • First round of ATAR-based offers released
  • Accept your offer and remove it from your preferences: you can still receive offers in later offer rounds, even if you’ve already accepted a previous offer
  • Change your preferences for the next offer round
January to March 2024 Offer rounds continue
  • January Round 1 offers, the second round of ATAR-based offers, released early January
  • Institutions will continue to make offers until they have filled all places in their courses
  • Most courses start between mid-February and early March