Media releases

ATARs released today

20 Jan 2022

2021 NSW HSC students will find out their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) today.

Students can view their ATAR from 9am on UAC’s website. They’ll need their Year 12 student number and UAC PIN to log in.


  • 54,841 students were eligible for an ATAR. This is 53 fewer than in 2020.
  • 48 students received the top ATAR of 99.95. Of these students, 14 were female and 34 were male; they came from a mix of government and non-government schools and studied a wide range of courses.
  • 17.1 per cent of students received an ATAR of 90.00 or above, 34.2 per cent received an ATAR of at least 80.00 and 50.7 per cent received an ATAR of at least 70.00.
  • The median ATAR was 70.40 this year, slightly higher than in 2020. To achieve a middle ATAR, students generally need to be in the middle of their courses and receive HSC marks between 70 and 80. However, because of the large percentage of students with marks between 70 and 80, the ATARs of students with HSC marks around 80 will often be very different from the ATARs of students with HSC marks around 70.
  • The median ATAR for females was 71.80, whereas the median ATAR for males was 68.70.

Students with questions about their ATAR can call UAC’s ATAR Enquiry Centre on (+61 2) 9119 5012 on the following days:

  • Thursday 20 January, 8.30am to 8.30pm
  • Friday 21 January, 8.30am to 8.30pm
  • Monday 24 January, 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 25 January, 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 January, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

In addition, UAC's Customer Service call centre will be open from 8.30am to 6.30pm on Thursday and Friday to take general queries.

Kim Paino, General Manager of Marketing and Engagement, has a video message of congratulations for Year 12 students. ‘Be proud of what you’ve achieved,’ she said. ‘If your ATAR isn’t exactly what you hoped, there are plenty of options so make sure you tap into all the amazing resources available to you.’

Information for what students should do next is in the associated media releases: ATARs released – what now? and ATARs released – changing preferences.

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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.