Course cut-offs

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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-off 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 won't be known until selection is made during the Main Round in January 2017. Therefore, the undergraduate course search shows the cut-offs that Year 12 applicants needed for entry into each course in 2016. Use these 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:

Institutions may also award the following bonus points: