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Applications for uni still strong

19 Nov 2020

AS at 31 October, the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) had received 72,542 applications for undergraduate study in 2021 – an increase of 2,940 since early bird applications closed on 30 September 2020, with gains in applicant numbers evident across all student categories.

Applications for 2021 admissions at 31 Oct 2020*

Applicant typeApplications for 2021 admissions
Current NSW Year 12 students41,714
Current ACT Year 12 students1,896
Current interstate and IB Year 12 students4,919
Non-Year 12 applicants24,013

In addition to applying through UAC, many students have also applied directly to individual universities for study next year to maximise their chances of receiving an offer. UAC has processed another 73,593^ of these applications on behalf of individual universities, bringing the total applications to 146,135.

UAC processes direct applications on behalf of Australian National University, Australian Catholic University, CQU, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, University of New England, University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.

It’s important to note that these figures are as at 31 October only. Applications for first semester 2021 are open until Friday 5 February 2021.

For more information, visit UAC's website or call 1300 275 882 (from mobiles (02) 9752 0200). Applicants can also keep up-to-date with UAC’s Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.

*These figures do not include international applications.

^Applicants may apply directly to several universities so this figure is not the count of unique applicants, but the number of applications received. These applications may be for courses commencing in 2020 or 2021.

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For further information (media only) email or contact:
Diane Jardine, Communications Coordinator, UAC on 0436 459 603, or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on 0409 155 112.