Media releases

Be an early bird and rest easy

22 Sep 2020

IF you’re thinking of uni next year, the early bird deadline is fast approaching. Early bird applications through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) close at midnight next Wednesday 30 September. It’s not too late to apply after this day, but the processing charge increases.

So far nearly 60,000 people have applied through UAC for undergraduate study in 2021 – more than 42,000 of these Year 12 students – choosing from over 2,400 courses.

In addition, UAC received more than 23,000 applications for the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS), which closed on Sunday. This was a 44.59 per cent increase on SRS applications last year.

Even if you’re not sure about what you want to study, there’s no need to delay; you can change your preferences as many times as you like after you apply.

Now is the time to apply because many courses, including popular medical courses, have early closing dates.

Any questions? Simply call UAC’s friendly customer service team on 1300 275 822 (or 02 9752 0200 from mobiles).

Key dates


Wed 30 Sep, midnightEarly bird applications close

Fri 5 Feb 2021, midnight

Semester 1 applications close

Year 12 results and ATAR

Fri 18 Dec, 6amNSW HSC results released by NESA
Fri 18 Dec, 9amATARs released by UAC

Change of preferences closing

Sat 19 Dec, midnightFor consideration in December Round 2
Sun 3 Jan 2021, midnightFor consideration in January Round 1


Wed 23 Dec, 7.30amDecember Round 2
Fri 8 Jan 2021, 7.30amJanuary Round 1

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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 (02) 9752 0760 or 0409 155 112.