Directions - January 2020

02 Jan 2020

Congratulations to those who received an offer in December, and if you didn't, don't lose heart, you can still receive an offer to study in 2020 in January Round 1 as there are still lots of courses with vacancies – all you need to do is change your preferences.


Check your preferences

Check your preferences for January Round 1 by logging in to the UAC website by midnight Sunday 5 January.

If you've already received an offer, remove that course from your list or move it to the end of your preference list to allow other courses to be considered in the next offer round.

You'll need your UAC PIN and UAC application number to log in.

To find out if you've been selected into a course, log in to the UAC homepage or the My UAC app from 7.30am Friday 10 January for January Round 1.

Further offers will be made in January Round 2: preferences for that round need to be finalised by midnight on Monday 20 January.

Check selection ranks

Now that you have your ATAR, check the lowest selection rank for the course you are interested in. The selection ranks for December Round 2 are on UAC's website. This is the minimum selection rank needed by Year 12 applicants for entry into that course in December. Your selection rank is your ATAR + any adjustment factors (see below) you may have received. If you don't receive any adjustment factors, your ATAR is your selection rank.

With this information you can make a more informed decision about what courses you're likely to be eligible for.

Check for any additional selection criteria

If you add new courses to your application, check the course descriptions before you change your preferences: some courses require you to meet additional selection criteria, often with a closing date. If this date is past, it is likely too late to apply for this course. Check with the institution.

See if you’re eligible for adjustment factors

Adjustment factors boost your selection rank for a particular course and each uni has its own policy for allocating adjustment factors. You could be allocated adjustment factors for a variety of reasons:

  • in recognition of your performance in a relevant HSC subject
  • because you live or attended school in an area defined by the institution
  • as part of an Educational Access Scheme (EAS).

Contact the institution to clarify if you’re eligible for adjustment factors.


If you get an offer, there will be links to information about how and when to accept it. In most cases you can accept online. Make sure you accept by the deadline or your offer will lapse.

Accept or wait for another offer?

UAC recommends that you accept your offer; if you don’t, you could lose your chance to study at university this year. You may not receive an offer in later rounds and if you don’t accept by the specified date, the offer will lapse and your position will be offered to someone else.

Accepting your offer doesn't stop you from being considered in a later round. Just make sure that the course or courses you really want to study are listed above your offered course (or remove your offered course from your preferences altogether).



You can still apply for undergraduate study in 2020. But there will only be limited places available for courses starting in semester 1 after January Round offers are released. Check our undergraduate website after the January Rounds for details of courses with vacancies.

Some applicants – normally not Year 12 applicants – need to provide documents relating to their previous study. Make sure you can get hold of these documents easily as there won't be much time for semester 1 offer rounds if you apply now. 

After the January Rounds, institutions will make more offers in February Round 1 and in February Round 2, but only to courses that still have vacancies. A list of these vacancies will be published on UAC’s website with the January Rounds course selection ranks.

There will be progressively smaller offer rounds in February for courses that start in the first half of the year. However, offer rounds for courses starting in the second half of 2020 will continue until July. Visit UAC's website for these offer round dates.

Alternative study options

If you didn’t get the ATAR or an offer for the course you really want – don’t give up. There are other ways to get into uni. Check individual institutions' websites for more details.