Selection criteria and process

Before you can be selected for a course, you must first meet the general admission requirements of the institution offering the course. Then you must compete against other eligible applicants.

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.

Selection rank

For most courses, you'll be selected mainly on your academic qualifications. For example, 2017 Year 12 applicants will usually be selected on the basis of their selection rank (ATAR or equivalent + bonus points).

Additional selection criteria

Some courses select applicants based on 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.

Non-Year 12 applicants

If you're not completing Year 12 in 2017, 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.

Selection process

You can choose up to five course preferences and they’ll be considered in the order you’ve listed them in your application. If there’s no place available in 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’re eligible and competitive enough. In some cases you may receive a slipback offer (ie an offer to a lower-level course).

Read more about choosing your courses, course preferences and offers: