Domestic undergraduate application statistics at early bird closing 2022

03 Nov 2022

Applications for tertiary study in 2022–23 opened on Wednesday 1 April 2021 and early bird applications closed at midnight on Friday 30 September 2022. (Students can still apply after this date, but they pay a higher processing charge.)

UAC received 63,496 domestic applications for undergraduate study in the first six months of the 2021–22 admissions year, 3,126 (4.7 per cent) less than by early bird closing last year.

Many students have also applied directly to individual universities for study next year to maximise their chances of receiving an offer. UAC has processed another 82,100^of these applications on behalf of individual universities#. These applications are not included in the following analyses.

^Applicants may apply directly to several universities so this figure is not the count of unique applicants, but the number of applications received.

#UAC processes direct applications on behalf of Australian Catholic University, Australian College of Physical Education, Australian Maritime College, Australian National University, CQUniversity, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, University of New England, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.

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Applications by applicant type

Applicants are divided into four types: NSW Year 12s, ACT Year 12s, Interstate and International Baccalaureate Year 12s, and non-Year 12s.

Applications at early bird closing by applicant type: 2011–12 to 2022–23

Applications at early bird closing by applicant type

Gender analysis

The gender split of applicants this year shows that 56.2 per cent of Year 12 applicants were female, while 58.3 per cent of non-Year 12 applicants were female. From last year this is a decrease of two percentage points for both Year 12 applicants and non-Year 12 applicants.

Age analysis

As in previous years, almost all Year 12 applicants were 19 years old and under (99.7%). Around 78 per cent of non-Year 12 applicants were 24 years old and under.

The breakdown by age group for non-Year 12 applicants is shown in the following chart.

Non-Year 12 by age group: 2022–23

Non-Year 12 by age group 2022–23

First preference analysis

Domestic undergraduate applicants can choose up to five course preferences. Their first preference is the course they would most like to study.

First preferences by field of study and applicant type

The top five fields of study listed as first preferences by NSW and ACT Year 12 applicants were almost identical. Both groups had most first preferences in either Society & Culture or Health.

For non-Year 12 and interstate and International Baccalaureate Year 12 applicants, most first preferences continued to be in Health, followed by Society & Culture.

Overall, Health has again taken the top spot as the favoured field of study, with 26.2 per cent of early bird applicants listing it as their first preference. Society & Culture came second, receiving 21.3 per cent of first preferences across all applicant types.

Field of study by first preferences and applicant type

Field of study by first preferences and applicant type

First preferences by field of study and gender

Both females and males had most first preference courses in Health, as it was last year. Similarly, like last year, the spread of first preference courses across fields of study was more even for males than for females.

Over half of female applicants listed their first preference course in either Health (31.6%) or Society & Culture (24.9%). In contrast, popular fields of study for males included Health (19.1%), Society & Culture (16.5%), Engineering & Related Technologies (15.9%), and Management & Commerce (15.1%).

Compared with males, a smaller proportion of females had first preference courses in Engineering & Related Technologies, Management & Commerce, and Information Technology.

Field of study of first-preferenced courses by gender: 2022–23

Field of study of first-preferenced courses by gender: 2022–23