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Frequently asked questions about December Round 2 offers

20 Dec 2017

How do I find out if I have received a December Round 2 offer?
Offers are released at 7.30am on Thursday 21 December 2017 on the My UAC mobile app or through UAC’s website.

What do I do when I receive an offer in December Round 2?
UAC advises you to accept your offer. You may not receive an offer in the later rounds and if you don’t accept by the specified date, the offer will lapse and your position at university will be offered to someone else.

If I accept my December Round 2 offer, can I get an offer in a later round?
Yes. In January Round 1 on Friday 12 January you will be considered for any of the preferences listed higher than the preference offered in December Round 2. You can also be considered for other courses, but you must change your preferences (see below). If you want to be considered for lower preferences than the course you have been offered in December Round 2, you must remove the offered course from your preferences. If you receive a January Round 1 offer, you can either accept your January Round 1 offer and withdraw from your December Round 2 offer, or keep the December Round 2 offer and not accept the January Round 1 offer, depending on which offer you prefer.

Can I defer my offer?
Yes, most institutions allow you to delay the start of your studies for a year, but each institution has its own deferment policy. Some institutions grant deferment only in special circumstances, so check with the institution.

How do I find out what the cut-offs were?
Details of the cut-off for entry into each course will be published on UAC’s website at the same time as December Round 2 offers are released. Remember that cut-offs are not just ATARs as they include bonus points.

Why did I get an offer when my ATAR is below the cut-off?
Lots of Year 12 students get offers to courses even though their ATAR is below the cut-off because the cut-off includes bonus points. Institutions allocate bonus points for various circumstances such as performance in relevant HSC subjects, living or attending school in an area defined by the institution, and applying for consideration through an Educational Access Scheme.

If institutions give you bonus points, your ATAR does not change or increase, even if you receive an offer to a course with a higher cut-off. When you’re allocated bonus points, your selection rank changes. For some Year 12 students their selection rank equals just their ATAR, but for students who are given bonus points their selection rank equals their ATAR plus bonus points. The cut-offs include bonus points, so the cut-off for each course is the lowest rank (including bonus points) required for entry to that course. 

What if I don’t receive an offer in December Round 2?
Don’t lose heart, and remember that there are more offer rounds to come. Your preferences will be considered again in January Round 1, but to be considered for other courses, you must change your preferences.

Why didn’t I receive an offer in December Round 2?
Some health science and medicine courses were excluded from December Round 2. See the UAC website for the full list of course exclusions. Also, you’ll be able to download correspondence by logging in to your application on UAC’s website which will tell you why you didn’t receive an offer. Usually it’s because you weren’t competitive enough against other applicants.

How do I know if there are any courses with vacancies after December Round 2?
All courses still have vacancies after December Round 2 and further offers will be made in January Round 1.

Do I need to change my preferences for January Round 1?
Change your preferences only if you want your courses to be considered in a different order to December Round 2 and/or if you want to add or substitute other courses. Remember that preferences are considered in the order in which you have listed them and that courses listed below an offered course will not be considered.

How do I change my preferences?
You can change your preferences on the My UAC mobile app or by logging in to your application on UAC’s website. You can change your preferences for January Round 1 from 7.30am on Thursday 21 December until midnight on Wednesday 3 January.

Which courses can I include for January Round 1?
You can include any of the courses available through UAC for consideration in January Round 1. Make sure you are eligible for any new courses you list in your preferences. Some courses have special entry requirements, course prerequisites and/or early application closing dates. Check the course descriptions by using the course search on UAC’s website.

When are January Round 1 offers released?
January Round 1 offers are released at 7.30am on Friday 12 January 2018.

Can I still apply to study at university in 2018?
Yes. You can apply through UAC for first semester study until Monday 5 February 2018. Visit UAC’s website for more information.

Where can I get more information about my study options?
For more information contact the relevant institutions on the numbers below.

Australian Catholic University 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)
Australian College of Applied PsychologyFreecall 1800 061 199
Australian National UniversityFreecall 1800 620 032
Charles Sturt University Freecall 1800 DEGREE (1800 334 733)
CQUniversity 13 CQUni (13 27 86)
Griffith University Freecall 1800 677 728
International College of Management, Sydney Freecall 1800 110 490
La Trobe University 1300 135 045
Macleay College 1300 939 888
Macquarie University (02) 9850 6410
 MIT Sydney (02) 8267 1400
National Art School (02) 9339 8651
SAE Creative Media Institute Freecall 1800 SAE EDU (1800 723 338)
SIBT (02) 9964 6555
Southern Cross University
The Hotel School Sydney
Freecall 1800 626 481
(02) 8249 3200
Top Education Institute(02) 9209 4888
Torrens University Australia1300 880 610
University of Canberra Freecall 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
University of New England Freecall 1800 818 865
University of Newcastle Newcastle Callaghan campus – (02) 4921 5000 Central Coast – Ourimbah campus (02) 4348 4000 Port Macquarie campus – (02) 4921 5000
University of Sydney Freecall 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
University of Technology Sydney 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)
University of Wollongong 1300 367 869
UNSW Australia
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
(02) 9385 1844
(02) 6268 6000
Western Sydney University 1300 897 669