In general terms, the cut-off for a course is the minimum selection rank needed by most Year 12 applicants for selection into a course. (They do not represent the average ability of the students accepted for the course.) Cut-offs are not the same as ATARs. Your selection rank is your ATAR plus any bonus points you are awarded.
The interaction of three factors determines cut-offs:
- the number of places available in the course
- the number of applicants for the course
- the quality of those applicants.
These three factors mean that cut-offs change from year to year and are impossible to predict before applicants are selected for a particular course in a particular year. The cut-off for any course can rise, fall or remain the same from year to year.
Cut-offs for entry to courses in 2017 were not released until the Main Round in January 2017. Therefore, the undergraduate course search (which has been in operation since August 2016) shows the cut-offs that Year 12 applicants needed for entry into each course in 2016. Use these 2016 cut-offs as a guide only when deciding on your preferences.
Offers to applicants who have an ATAR (or equivalent) below the cut-off
There are a number of reasons why an institution might make you an offer even though your ATAR is below the course cut-off. These include the institution considering other criteria through:
- alternative entry schemes
- Schools Recommendation Schemes
- early offer schemes
- Educational Access Schemes (EAS).
Institutions may also award the following bonus points: