Offers FAQ

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about offer rounds, when offers are made, the offer process and how to accept your offer.

If you have questions regarding your offer contact the institution directly. The institutions decide who they'll 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.

When are offers released?

We release offers to courses from September 2016 – July 2017.

Most offers are made in the Main Round on Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 6pm.

Check key dates for offer rounds for all other offer dates.

Why are there different offer rounds? What is the difference between them?

Most applicants receive their offers in the Main Round on Wednesday 18 January 2017, once end-of-year results, including Year 12 results and ATARs, are known. In this round, institutions consider all of your course preferences.

Some institutions may make a limited number of early offers to certain applicants, including:

  • deferred applicants
  • non-Year 12 applicants with no current studies or tests
  • 2016 Year 12 applicants selected on criteria other then their ATAR, such as interview, audition, or special admissions program
  • applicants for distance education courses
  • 2016 Year 12 applicants receiving offers as part of the Schools Recommendation Schemes.

After the Main Round there are more offer rounds for study in semester 1. However, not all institutions make offers in these rounds and not all courses will have vacancies for semester 1.

There are additional offer rounds between March and July for courses that begin in the second half of the year.

Read offers for more information about the various offer rounds and to find out which institutions are participating in each offer round.

How will I know if I get an offer?

Offers are released on our website on a number of key dates throughout the year, although most offers are made in the Main Round on Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 6pm. Once offers have been released you can click on the 'Check your offers' button and then log in with your UAC application number and UAC PIN.

We'll also send you an alert email instructing you to log in to Check & Change to check your correspondence. When you do this, you'll be able to access your offer letter from the relevant institution. Most institutions require you to accept your offer online; however, each institution has particular instructions for accepting offers. Check the institution's website and follow the instructions carefully.

Don't forget to check your email regularly for important information about your application.

How many offers can I receive in each round?

You can receive only one offer in each offer round. That offer will be to the highest preference for which you are eligible and competitive enough.

For example, if you're eligible and competitive enough for the first preference you've listed, you'll be made an offer to that course and the rest of your preferences won't be considered. If you aren't eligible for your first preference, but are eligible and competitive enough for your second preference, you'll be made an offer to your second preference and the rest of your preferences won't be considered, and so on.

Note that in some offer rounds, only first preferences are considered.

Can I receive an offer in more than one round?

Yes, you can receive an offer in more than one round. If you do, you can choose which offer to accept. If you receive an offer in one round and accept it, and then receive an offer in a later round, you can choose either to:

  • keep your previous offer and not accept your new offer, or
  • withdraw from your previous offer and accept your new offer.

Not all institutions make offers in all the offer rounds. The majority of offers are made in the Main Round.

Should I accept my offer or wait to see if I get one in another round?

If you receive an offer in one round, don't assume that you'll receive another offer in a subsequent round. If you don't accept your offer and you don't receive an offer in a subsequent round, you may miss out on studying at university this year.

Accepting your offer doesn't stop you from being considered in subsequent offer rounds unless it is your first preference.

How do I receive more offers after I accept an offer?

If you receive an offer to your first preference in one offer round, you won't be considered for your lower preferences in subsequent offer rounds unless you change your preferences.

If you'd like to be considered for other courses, you need to remove your first preference and put your new preferred course as your first preference before the next offer round.

If you receive an offer to a lower preference in an offer round, you'll automatically be considered for your higher preferences in subsequent rounds.

An institution has made me an offer in an early round but it's not to my first preference at that institution. Does that mean I won't get an offer to my first preference in a later offer round?

No, even if an institution is making some offers in an early round, it may not be making any offers to the course you have listed as your first preference. Therefore, if you are eligible and competitive enough, it can make you an offer to that preference in a later offer round.

For example, if you have consecutive preferences (say 1, 2 and 3) for the same institution in an early offer round and you get an offer to preference 3, you may have missed out on an offer to preferences 1 and 2 not because you're not eligible, but because the institution is not making offers to that course until later offer rounds.

Accepting an offer to a lower course preference doesn't stop you from being considered for your higher course preferences in later offer rounds.

Do I need to change my preferences between offer rounds?

No, not unless you've changed your mind about what to study.

If you receive an offer to your first preference in one offer round, you won't be considered for your lower preferences in subsequent offer rounds unless you change your preferences.

If you'd like to be considered for other courses, you need to remove your first preference and put your new preferred course as your first preference before the closing date for the next offer round. Read key dates for closing dates for changing your preferences.

If you receive an offer to a lower preference in an offer round, you'll automatically be considered for your higher preference in subsequent rounds.

I got an offer to a course I didn't apply for. Why?

Some institutions may make a slipback offer to a pathway course if you're not eligible or competitive enough for the courses to which you've applied.

When do I have to accept my offer by?

Read your offer information carefully – it will tell you the deadline for accepting your offer. If you don't accept your offer by the date given your offer will lapse.

I'm not going to be here when offers are released. Can someone else accept for me?

To authorise someone to accept an offer on your behalf, contact the relevant institution.

I have accepted my offer and enrolled but have received a new offer, which I want to accept. What should I do?

You can accept your new offer before withdrawing your enrolment from the first institution. However, ensure you follow the institution's procedures for withdrawing your enrolment by the appropriate census date, otherwise you'll be charged fees.

Who decides who gets an offer?

The institutions decide who they will make offers to. UAC doesn't select applicants and doesn't have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer or to question decisions made by institutions.

How do bonus points affect my offers?

If you receive bonus points, you may receive an offer to a course even if your ATAR is below the course cut-off.

Read bonus points for more information.

How are course cut-offs determined?

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.

Read cut-offs for more information.

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