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Frequently asked questions about January Round 1, 2021 offers

08 Jan 2021

How do I find out if I have received a January Round 1 offer?
Offers are released at 7.30am on Friday 8 January 2021 via email and through UAC’s website.

What do I do when I receive an offer in January Round 1?
UAC advises you to accept your offer. You may not receive an offer in the later rounds and if you don’t accept by the specified date, the offer will lapse and your position at university will be offered to someone else.

If I accept my January Round 1 offer, can I get an offer in a later round?
Yes. In January Round 2 on Thursday 21 January you will be considered for any of the preferences listed higher than the preference offered in January Round 1. You can also be considered for other courses, but you must change your preferences. If you want to be considered for lower preferences than the course you have been offered in January Round 1, you must remove the offered course from your preferences or put it below the other courses. If you receive a January Round 2 offer, you can either accept your January Round 2 offer and withdraw from your January Round 1 offer or keep the January Round 1 offer and not accept the January Round 2 offer, depending on which offer you prefer.

Can I defer my offer?
Yes, most institutions allow you to delay the start of your studies for a year, but each institution has its own deferment policy. Some institutions grant deferment only in special circumstances, so check with the institution.

How do I find out what the selection ranks were?
The ATAR profiles for January Round 1, including details of the selection rank (previously known as the cut-off) for entry into each course will be published on UAC’s website at the same time as January Round 1 offers are released. Remember that selection ranks are not just ATARs as they include adjustment factors (previously known as bonus points).

What if I don’t receive an offer in January Round 1?
Don’t lose heart and remember that there are more offer rounds to come. Your preferences will be considered again in January Round 2, but to be considered for other courses, you must change your preferences.

Why didn’t I receive an offer in January Round 1?
You’ll be able to download correspondence by logging in to your application on UAC’s website which will tell you why you didn’t receive an offer. Usually it’s because you weren’t competitive enough against other applicants.

How do I know if there are any courses with vacancies after January Round 1?
A list of courses with vacancies is available on UAC’s website at the same time that offers are released. Courses that have a ‘(V)’ next to the course code have vacancies. There may be vacancies in courses other than those specified with a ‘(V)’, but only if January Round 1 offers aren’t accepted. Contact the institution for further information.

Do I need to change my preferences for January Round 2?
Change your preferences only if you want your courses to be considered in a different order to the January Round 1 preferences and/or if you want to add or substitute other courses. Remember that preferences are considered in the order in which you have listed them and that courses listed below an offered course will not be considered.

How do I change my preferences?
You can change your preferences by logging in to your application on UAC’s website. You can change your preferences for January Round 2 from 7.30am on Friday 8 January until midnight on Sunday 17 January.

Which courses can I include for January Round 2?
You can include any of the courses available through UAC for consideration in January Round 2. Check which courses have vacancies and make sure you are eligible for any new courses you list in your preferences. Some courses have special entry requirements, course prerequisites and/or early application closing dates. Check the course descriptions by using the course search on UAC’s website or mobile app.

When are January Round 2 offers released?
January Round 2 offers are released at 7.30am on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Can I still apply to study at university in 2021?
Yes. You can apply through UAC for first semester study until midnight on Friday 5 February 2021.

Where can I get more information about my study options?
For more information contact the relevant institutions on the numbers below.

Institution Number
Australian Catholic University 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)
Australian College of Applied Psychology Freecall 1800 061 199
Australian College of Physical Education 1300 302 867
Australian National University Freecall 1800 620 032
Charles Darwin University 1800 061 963
Charles Sturt University 1800 275 278
CQUniversity 13 CQUni (13 27 86)
Griffith University 1800 677 728
International College of Management, Sydney 1800 110 490
La Trobe University 1300 135 045
Macleay College 1300 939 888
Macquarie University (02) 9850 6410
MIT (02) 8267 1400
National Art School (02) 9339 8651
SAE Creative Media Institute 1800 SAE EDU (1800 723 338)
SIBT (02) 9964 6555
Southern Cross University Freecall 1800 626 481 or (02) 8249 3200
Torrens University Australia 1300 575 803
University of Canberra 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226) freecall
University of New England 1800 818 865 freecall
University of Newcastle Newcastle Callaghan campus – (02) 4921 5000
Central Coast campus – (02) 4348 4000
Port Macquarie campus – (02) 4921 5000
University of Sydney Freecall 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
University of Technology Sydney 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)
University of Wollongong 1300 367 869
UNSW Sydney
UNSW Canberra - ADFA
(02) 9385 1844
(02) 6268 6000
Western Sydney University 1300 897 669

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Diane Jardine, Communications Coordinator, UAC on 0436 459 603, or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on 0409 155 112.