Domestic undergraduate applications at early bird closing 2017

11 Oct 2017

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes domestic undergraduate applications for 40 institutions, mainly in NSW and the ACT. Applications for tertiary study in 2017–18 opened on 2 August 2017 and early bird applications closed at midnight on 29 September 2017. (Students can still apply after this date but they will have to pay a higher processing charge.)

UAC received 62,827 domestic applications for undergraduate study in the first two months of the 2017–18 admissions year, 5,215 (7.7%) fewer than in the same period last year.

Applications by applicant type

Applicants are divided into four types: NSW Year 12s, ACT Year 12s, interstate and International Baccalaureate Year 12s, and non-Year 12s. The recent downward trend in the number of non-Year 12 applicants continued this year, while the number of NSW Year 12 applicants also decreased compared with last year. ACT, interstate and International Baccalaureate Year 12 applicant numbers remained stable.

Graph showing applications at on-time closing by applicant type 2011-2012 to 2017-2018

Gender analysis

The gender split of applicants was similar to the previous year: 56% of Year 12 applicants were female, while 60% of non-Year 12 applicants were female.

Age analysis

Almost all Year 12 applicants were 19 years old and under (99.7%). Around three-quarters of non-Year 12 applicants were 24 years old and under. The breakdown by age group for non-Year 12 applicants is shown in the following chart.

Pie chart showing breakdown of non-year 12 applicants by age group 2017-2018

First preference analysis

Domestic undergraduate applicants can choose up to five course preferences. Their first preference is the course they would most like to study.

First preference by field of study and applicant type

The top five fields of study listed as first preferences by NSW and ACT Year 12 applicants were identical. Both groups had most first preferences in Society & Culture, followed by Health.

For non-Year 12 and interstate and International Baccalaureate Year 12 applicants, most first preferences were in Health, followed by Society & Culture.

Overall, Health has taken the top spot as the favoured field of study, with more than 25 per cent of early bird applicants listing it as their first preference. Society & Culture received 21 per cent of first preferences across all applicant types.

A series of graphs showing breakdown of applicants' first preferences by field of study and applicant type in NSW, ACT, Interstate and IB, and non-Year 12

First preference by field of study and gender

While both females and males had most first preference courses in Health, the spread of first preference courses across fields of study was more even for males than for females.

Over half of female applicants listed their first preference course in either Health (31%) or Society & Culture (24%). In contrast, popular fields of study for males included Health (18%), Management & Commerce (17%), Society & Culture (16%), and Engineering & Related Technologies (14%).

Compared with males, a smaller proportion of females had first preference courses in Engineering & Related Technologies, Management & Commerce, and Information Technology.

Graph showing field of study of first-preferenced course by gender 2017-2018