Media releases

ATARs released today

18 Dec 2020

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

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

ATAR facts

  • 54,894 students were eligible for an ATAR. This is 137 fewer than in 2019.
  • 48 students received the top ATAR of 99.95. Of these students, 15 were female and 33 were male; they came from a mix of government and non-government schools and studied a wide range of courses.
  • 17 per cent of students received an ATAR of 90.00 or above, 33.9 per cent received an ATAR of at least 80.00 and 50.3 per cent at least 70.00.
  • The median ATAR was 70.15 this year, slightly higher than in 2019. 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 71.30 whereas the median ATAR for males was 68.70.

Students with questions about their ATAR can call UAC’s ATAR Enquiry Centre on 1300 MY ATAR (1300 692 827), (02) 9119 5012 from mobiles, or +61 2 9119 5012 from overseas on the following days:

  • Friday 18 December 2020, 8.30am–6pm
  • Saturday 19 December 2020, 8.30am–4.30pm
  • Monday 21 December 2020, 8.30am–4.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 December 2020, 8.30am–4.30pm.

In addition, UAC's Customer Service will be open on Saturday 19 December from 8.30am to 4.30pm to take general queries.

Kim Paino, UAC’s General Manager of Marketing and Engagement, has some words of encouragement for students: ‘On behalf of everyone at UAC I'd like to extend our congratulations to all Year 12 students today. You should be so proud of what you've achieved and the tenacity you've shown in spite of everything your final year of school has thrown at you.

And even if your results aren't what you'd hoped for, please don't be too hard on yourself and definitely don't lose heart. There are many options and pathways available to you and sometimes Plan Bs and Cs turn out even better than Plan A.’

For what students should do next, read the associated media releases: I’ve got my ATAR, what do I do now? and 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.