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Year 12s are keen to go to uni in 2024

19 Dec 2023

FURTHER application statistics released today by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) show that demand for uni remains relatively strong, especially among Year 12 students.

At the end of November, 67,919* people had applied through UAC for study in 2024. This includes almost 40,000 NSW HSC students who are waiting on the release of university offers later this week.

Many Year 12 students have also applied directly to individual universities for study next year to maximise their chances of receiving an offer. UAC has processed another 100,305^ of these applications on behalf of individual universities.#

Kim Paino, Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer said, 'Across all the different application channels we can see that Year 12s are still applying for university. The drop in applications through the UAC channel is offset by the increase in direct applications. Demand from those not coming straight from Year 12 has reduced this year, as that group is particularly sensitive to the rising costs of living and study, and the strong employment market.'

It’s important to note that these figures are as at 30 November only. Applications for first semester 2024 are open until Friday 2 February 2024.

For more information about applying to university, visit UAC’s website or call UAC on (02) 9752 0200.

Applications numbers for 2024 admissions at 30 November

Applicant type No of applications for 2024
Current NSW Year 12 students 39,573
Current ACT Year 12 students 2,067
Current interstate and IB Year 12 students 4,780
Total Year 12 applicants 46,420
Non-Year 12 applicants 21,499
Direct applications through UAC 100,305
Total applications 168,224

*These figures don’t include international applications or applicants applying direct to institutions.

^Applicants may apply directly to several universities so this figure is not the count of unique applicants, but the number of applications received.

#UAC processes direct applications on behalf of Australian Catholic University, Australian College of Physical Education, Australian National University, CQUniversity, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW and Western Sydney University.

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