Undergraduate applications and offers

Steps to completing your application

  1. Enter your personal details (including a personal email address - don't use a school address as it will expire). The name on your application must match the name on your official ID, otherwise you’ll have problems when you enrol.
  2. If you’re a 2020 Year 12 student, enter your Year 12 student number (issued through your school) and UAC PIN. (2020 NSW HSC applicants and ACT Year 12 applicants: Your UAC PIN will be emailed to the address you registered with NESA. All other applicants, including Year 12 students from other states: Your UAC PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth – eg if your birthday is 3 October, your UAC PIN is 0310.)
  3. Provide details of your studies and qualifications (including completed secondary studies and complete or incomplete certificate, diploma and degree studies).
  4. Select up to five course preferences.
  5. Accept the applicant declaration.
  6. Pay for your application with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or PayPal account. 2020 Year 12 students can also pay using BPAY or Post Billpay (in Australia only). Your application is not complete until you have paid.
  7. Check your email regularly for updates on your application.

Once you've applied, you can change the order of your preferences – or even the courses you’ve selected – as often as you like before the closing dates for each offer round. (Some courses have early application closing dates so check for these as well.) Simply log in to your application using your UAC application number and UAC PIN. You can't change your preferences by phone, letter or email.

Application and offer dates for 2020-21 admissions

Note that you are unable to change your preferences in your application between each offer round's deadline for changing preferences and the release of offers (eg from midnight Sun 26 Apr 2020 to 7.30am Thu 30 Apr 2020).

Offer round Apply and pay by midnight on Upload PDF documents by midnight on Change preferences by midnight on Offers released at 7.30am on
April Round 1 Thu 16 Apr 2020 Thu 23 Apr 2020 Sun 26 Apr 2020 Thu 30 Apr 2020
May Round 1

Thu 23 Apr 2020

Thu 30 Apr 2020

Sun 10 May 2020

Thu 14 May 2020

May Round 2

Thu 7 May 2020

Thu 14 May 2020

Sun 24 May 2020

Thu 28 May 2020

June Round 1

Thu 21 May 2020

Thu 28 May 2020

Mon 8 Jun 2020

Fri 12 Jun 2020

June Round 2

Thu 4 Jun 2020

Thu 11 Jun 2020

Sun 21 Jun 2020

Thu 25 Jun 2020

July Round 1

Thu 18 Jun 2020

Thu 25 Jun 2020

Sun 5 Jul 2020

Thu 9 Jul 2020

July Round 2

Thu 2 Jul 2020

Thu 9 Jul 2020

Sun 19 Jul 2020

Thu 23 Jul 2020

August Round 1

Mon 27 Jul 2020

Fri 31 Jul 2020

Sun 9 Aug 2020

Thu 13 Aug 2020

August Round 2

Thu 6 Aug 2020

Thu 13 Aug 2020

Sun 23 Aug 2020

Thu 27 Aug 2020

September Round 1

Thu 20 Aug 2020

Thu 27 Aug 2020

Sun 6 Sep 2020

Thu 10 Sep 2020

September Round 2

Thu 3 Sep 2020

Thu 10 Sep 2020

Sun 20 Sep 2020

Thu 24 Sep 2020

October Round 1

Thu 10 Sep 2020

Thu 17 Sep 2020

Sun 4 Oct 2020

Fri 9 Oct 2020
(originally 8 Oct)

October Round 2

Thu 1 Oct 2020

Thu 8 Oct 2020

Sun 18 Oct 2020

Thu 22 Oct 2020

November Round 1

Thu 22 Oct 2020

Thu 29 Oct 2020

Sun 8 Nov 2020

Thu 12 Nov 2020

November Round 2

Thu 5 Nov 2020

Mon 9 Nov 2020

Sun 22 Nov 2020

Thu 26 Nov 2020

December Round 1

Mon 9 Nov 2020

Fri 13 Nov 2020

Sun 6 Dec 2020

Thu 10 Dec 2020

December Round 2

Mon 16 Nov 2020

Fri 20 Nov 2020

Sat 19 Dec 2020
(originally 17 Dec)

Wed 23 Dec 2020
(originally 21 Dec)

January Round 1

Fri 27 Nov 2020

Wed 30 Dec 2020

Sun 3 Jan 2021

Fri 8 Jan 2021

January Round 2

Fri 8 Jan 2021

Wed 13 Jan 2021

Sun 17 Jan 2021

Thu 21 Jan 2021

February Round 1

Fri 22 Jan 2021

Thu 28 Jan 2021

Sun 31 Jan 2021

Thu 4 Feb 2021

February Round 2

Fri 5 Feb* 2021

Fri 5 Feb 2021

Sun 7 Feb 2021

Thu 11 Feb 2021

March Round 1

Fri 5 Feb* 2021

Fri 26 Feb 2021

Sun 28 Feb 2021

Thu 4 Mar 2021

All times indicated are based on Sydney time.

* This is the final closing date to apply for courses starting semester 1, 2021. If you apply close to or on this date, you may not have seven days to provide documents to support your application.


Offers are released at 7.30am on each offer round date. We'll send you an email, so it is important that we have your correct email address. This can be updated at any time via your application.

You can also click the 'Apply or log in' button at the top of the page. Log in with your UAC application number and UAC PIN.

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 only. If you're not made an offer to your first preference, but are eligible and competitive enough for your second preference, you’ll be made an offer to your second preference.

There are a number of offer rounds throughout the year. Check the 'Important dates for 2020-21 admissions' at the top of this page: they are the dates by which you need to apply, provide documents and change your preferences to be guaranteed consideration in each offer round.

Your application will remain valid throughout the admissions period and you can change your preferences for courses starting later in the year.

Offers to semester 1 courses

Offer rounds for 2020 Year 12 students

You cannot receive an offer until you have an assessable qualification. Therefore, the most important offer rounds for Year 12 students are December Round 2 (Wednesday 23 December 2020) and January Round 1 (Friday 8 January 2021), after ATARs are released.

UAC will not be able to assess and make offers to applicants with the following 2020 Year 12 qualifications until January Round 1:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Victorian Certificate of Education
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (TBC).

The date for the release of New Zealand NCEA results has not been confirmed.

Offer rounds for applicants with 2020 tertiary studies

UAC cannot assess your 2020 tertiary studies until we have access to your results:

  • Most results will be available to be assessed in time for January Round 1 offers.
  • University of Sydney results will be available to be assessed in time for January Round 2 offers.

Early offer rounds

The offer rounds before December Round 2 are usually for early offer schemes such as Schools Recommendation Schemes, ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) courses, distance education courses and some post-school applicants. Not all institutions participate in these early rounds, so if you don’t receive an early offer and aren’t in one of the categories listed, there’s no need to worry.

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.

Later offer rounds

Offer rounds after January Round 1 are for entry to courses that still have vacancies.

Offers to semester 2 courses

There is no 'main' offer round for semester 2 courses, or any courses starting after March. Offers are made progressively on designated offer round dates. Check when institutions will be making offers. But be aware that even if an institution is making offers in a particular round, it may not be making offers to your specific course. If you don't receive an offer, check in with the institution before you change your preferences: they will be able to give you an idea about if and when you are likely to receive an offer in another round.

Selection criteria

Before you can be selected for a course, you must first meet the course admission criteria. Then you must compete against other eligible applicants.

For most courses, you'll be selected mainly on your academic qualifications. For example, Year 12 applicants will usually be selected on the basis of their selection rank (ATAR + adjustment factors). If you're a post-school applicant, most institutions will consider the following factors in addition to your ATAR (or equivalent) when assessing your application:

  • secondary studies
  • tertiary studies
  • other relevant factors such as employment experience.

Read more about how your application and qualifications are assessed.

Selection process

Your preferences will 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.

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.

Accepting your offer

Most institutions require you to accept your offer online. When you log in to check your offer, you'll be given either a link to accept your offer or further information about how to accept it.

If you receive an offer in one round, don't assume that you'll receive another offer in a later round.

Accept any offer you receive by following the instructions the institution gives you. You must accept your offer by the date indicated in your offer material, otherwise your offer will lapse and it may go to another applicant in the next round. If you have questions, contact the institution making the offer.

Accepting an offer doesn't stop you from being considered in later offer rounds, as long as you remove the successful course from your preferences list to prevent it blocking offers to lower preferences in future rounds.

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
  • accept your new offer and withdraw from the course you've already accepted.

Once you accept your offer, the next step is enrolment.


Each institution has its own procedures for enrolment.

When you apply, make sure the name on your application matches your official ID (birth certificate, passport, citizenship documents). You'll need your ID when you enrol and there may be problems if the name on your ID doesn't match your offer letter.

After you enrol in a semester 1 course, you have until the census date at the end of March to pay your fees, sign up for a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, or withdraw without penalty from the course.

Getting your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 2021, students starting higher education will need to have a USI.

Your USI stays with you for life and gives you access to an online record of your nationally recognised training in the form of a USI Transcript.

You'll be asked for it during enrolment and you'll need it to access Commonwealth Government HELP loans (eg HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP).

Check if you already have a USI (from previous vocational education or training).

Create a USI.

Advanced standing

If you have already studied at tertiary level, you may get credit for those studies when you enrol. Each institution has its own policy regarding advanced standing, which you should check carefully.

AQF Qualifications Pathway Policy

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualifications Pathway Policy aims to maximise the credit that students can gain for learning already undertaken and enhance student progression into and between AQF qualifications. For further information, visit the Australian Qualifications Framework website.

Deferment is when your institution gives you permission to delay starting your course. Deferment is for a fixed period, usually six months or one year.

All deferments are granted subject to the course being offered the following semester or following year. Some institutions will only let you defer in special circumstances.

How do I defer?

When you receive an offer to enrol in a course, information included with your offer will explain how to apply for deferment. You may have to accept the offer before you can defer.

Most institutions will ask you to provide a statement to explain why you wish to defer and what you'll be doing during this period.

Once your deferment has been granted, you'll receive written confirmation of your deferment from the institution concerned. This will also give instructions on how to take up your deferred course.

If, at the end of the deferment period, you decide you’d like to be considered for other courses, you can complete a new UAC application and include these course preferences. If you receive an offer to one of the new courses, you can then decide whether to accept the offer or take up your deferred course.

Can my offer lapse?

Yes. If you undertake degree studies or certain levels of TAFE study other than NSW HSC courses during your deferment period, your offer at many institutions will lapse. You'll need to re-apply through UAC and declare all of your studies. Check with each institution for specific policies.

Institutions make offers at different times of the year, depending on the course. They don’t make offers to every course in every offer round. So if you don’t get an offer in one offer round, it doesn’t mean you won’t get an offer in a later round.

How we notify you

Semester 1 (or trimester 1): If you don't receive an offer at all for a semester 1 (or, where relevant, trimester 1) course, we'll advise you of this by email after:

  • January Round 1
  • January Round 2
  • February Round 1
  • February Round 2.

You won't receive an email from us if you received an offer in any round up to and including these rounds.

Semester 2 (or trimesters 2 and 3): If you don't receive an offer at all for a semester 2 (or, where relevant, trimester 2 or 3) course, we won't contact you but you can check the status of all your preferences by logging in to your application.

Reasons for not getting an offer

Unfortunately, UAC can't give you any more information than that contained in the email. However, if you log in to your application and check your course preferences, you'll see a message explaining the status of your assessment for each preference.

If you are not eligible to receive an offer to a particular course preference, you will be given a short reason for this; for example:

  • you have not satisfied admission requirements
  • you have not satisfied course prerequisites
  • you do not meet English language requirements.

If you’ve met the basic admission requirements, this message will be: 'You are competing with other applicants for an offer.’ If the course start date has passed and you didn't receive an offer, it means that there were other applicants who were more competitive than you and they were offered places in that course ahead of you.

All course preference status explanations

(If you're a Year 12 student, an unsuccessful SRS application has no effect on your UAC undergraduate application.)

Back-up study options

When you apply, you'll be asked if you'd like to receive information about alternative study options should your application be unsuccessful. If you select ‘Yes’, you may be contacted by institutions (including some not included in your preferences) with details of other available study options. You can opt out of receiving this information by logging in to your application.

UAC also recommends that, when you choose your course preferences, you include a 'back-up' course; that is, a course you are confident you'll be offered a place in and will be happy to study if you miss out on offers for your higher preferences. For example, you could include a diploma course in a similar area of study as your preferred degree course. You could then use your diploma studies as a stepping-stone to the degree.

Many students enrol in a course with a view to transferring into another course after completing a year’s study. A typical example is completing one year of a general degree (such as Arts) and then transferring to a more specialised degree (such as Arts/Law).

Transfers such as this are possible but very competitive, and you usually need to achieve excellent results in your first year. Each institution has its own requirements for transfers and you should check with the relevant institution for more information before you enrol.

In most cases you're not actually transferring; you're withdrawing from one course and applying for entry to another. You usually need to submit a new application through UAC for the new course.

If you are transferring to another course in the same admissions period (eg transferring to a new course in the new year) you don't need to re-apply because your application is still active – you just need to change your preferences. Then, if you get an offer you can formally withdraw from your current course. It’s important to do this in order to avoid additional HECS fees or absent fail results on your academic record.

Dates are correct as at 21 May 2020 but subject to change and may be revised in response to COVID-19.
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Application and offer dates

29 Oct 2020

Undergraduate: November Round 1 documents deadline

Upload PDF documents by midnight.

05 Nov 2020

Undergraduate: November Round 2 application deadline

Apply and pay by midnight to be eligible for offers in November Round 2.

08 Nov 2020

Undergraduate: Change preferences for November Round 1 offers

Change your preferences by midnight. All undergraduate applicants will then be unable to change preferences for future rounds until 7.30am on 12 November.

09 Nov 2020

Undergraduate: November Round 2 documents deadline

Upload PDF documents by midnight.

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