Selection criteria and process

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


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

Additional selection criteria

Some courses select applicants on the basis of additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio of work, audition, interview or 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.

However, you must first meet the admission requirements before you can be considered for a course.

Non-Year 12 applicants

If you're not completing Year 12 in 2016, most institutions will consider factors in addition to your ATAR (or equivalent) when assessing your application for tertiary study. Institutions will usually take into account one or more of the following:

Read more about applying as a non-Year 12 applicant.

The institutions decide who they will make offers to. UAC doesn't select applicants, or have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer, or 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 nine course preferences and the courses can be a combination of any type: for example, Commonwealth-supported place courses, domestic fee-paying courses and courses that are sponsored by the Australian Defence Force.

In some offer rounds only your first preference (or only consecutive preferences at the same institution) will be considered. For offer rounds in which all preferences are being considered, your course preferences are considered in the order you have listed them in your application. If you are not selected for the course listed as your first preference, your second preference will be considered and so on until an offer can be made or you have no more preferences.

You'll only receive one offer per offer round, to your highest preference for which you are eligible and competitive enough, regardless of the type of courses you include in your application. In some cases you may receive a slipback offer.

For information about choosing your courses, course preferences and offers read: