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Uni applications from Year 12s stay strong in 2022

11 Oct 2022

EARLY bird applications have closed and more than 41,000* NSW and ACT Year 12 students have so far applied for tertiary study in 2023 through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). In addition, more than 18,000 non-Year 12 applicants applied for university – a drop of 12.5 per cent on last year. A breakdown of applicant numbers is below.

Many students have also applied directly to individual universities for study next year to maximise their chances of receiving an offer. UAC has processed another 82,094*^ undergraduate applications on behalf of individual universities#.

This brings the total number of undergraduate applications processed by UAC to 145,595.

Kim Paino, General Manager of Marketing and Engagement at UAC says, ‘It’s not surprising that the non-Year 12 numbers have dropped now that borders are open, and employment is high. Year 12s are still very keen on further study and are looking to utilise the multiple pathways available to them.’

There’s still time to apply - applications for semester 1, 2023 are open until Friday 3 February 2023.

Applicants can apply on UAC’s website.

UAC applications for 2023 admissions at 30 September 2022

Applicant typeApplications
Current NSW Year 12 students39,166
Current ACT Year 12 students1,895
Current interstate and IB Year 12 students4,377
Non-Year 12 applicants18,063
Total applications63,501

*These figure do not include international applications.

^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, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong 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, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on 0409 155 112.