Selection criteria

Before you can be selected for a course, you must first meet the institution's admission requirements.

For most courses, you'll be selected mainly on your academic qualifications. For example, 2016 Australian Year 12 applicants will usually be selected on the basis of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.

Some courses select applicants on the basis of additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test. Other courses may use a combination of both academic qualifications and additional selection criteria. Additional selection criteria can be found in the course descriptions available through the course search.

The institutions decide who they will make offers to. UAC doesn't select applicants and does not have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer or to question decisions made by institutions.
Being eligible to apply for a course doesn’t guarantee you a place in the course. To be selected you must compete against other eligible applicants.

Selection process

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each institution you've applied to will consider your application separately. It will consider your courses in the order you have listed them in your application and offer you a place to the highest course in your list for which you are eligible and competitive enough.

This means that you may receive an offer from each institution that you include in your application.

Example: Applicant A lists six courses, all for the Western Sydney University. In each offer round, Applicant A will receive only one offer – from Western Sydney University – to the highest course listed for which Applicant A is eligible and competitive enough.

Applicant B lists six courses, three for Macquarie University and three for the University of Newcastle. In each offer round, Applicant B will receive two offers – one to the highest course listed at Macquarie University for which Applicant B is eligible and competitive enough and one to the highest course listed at the University of Newcastle for which Applicant B is eligible and competitive enough.

Entry schemes

Many institutions offer alternative entry schemes for certain applicants, such as elite athletes or performers.

Some institutions have early offer schemes for Year 12 students. Through these schemes, Year 12 applicants may be selected for courses independently of their final Year 12 results on the basis of a range of criteria. For more information, contact the individual institutions for details.

Bonus points

A number of institutions apply regional bonus points to a selection rank if an applicant lives and/or undertakes their Year 12 schooling in a certain area.

Some institutions apply subject bonus points to a selection rank in recognition of performance in Year 12 subjects relevant to an applicant’s chosen course of study.