If you are currently in your final years of secondary study (Preliminary/HSC), then this post is a nutshell of everything you need to know about the University Admissions Centre (UAC). Surely, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of UAC if you are planning on progressing to further study into university. But, do you know everything you need to know from who they are and what role they play apart from distributing university enrolment offers? If not, Read on! Here is everything you need to know about UAC:


What is UAC? And What Role Do They Play?

The main role of the University Admissions Centre (UAC) is to process student applications for admissions to tertiary education courses at participating institutions in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). UAC is also responsible for notifying applicants of any progressions made to their application as well as calculating and informing current NSW HSC students of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). UAC not only processes undergraduate study applications from Year 12 students and Non-Year 12 applicants but they also process applications through schemes such as the Educational Access Scheme (EAS), School Recommendations Schemes (SRS) and some Equity Scholarships. Equity Scholarships are student educational grants provided by the government or individual institutions to assist financially disadvantaged students with costs associated with tertiary education.


How Do I Apply for University Through UAC?

The first step towards applying for your desired university course is to start/create an application. UAC Application costs vary and payments need to be made before a specific date before application fees rise substantially to control and process large volumes of applications. The table below summarises the costs associated with starting a UAC Application as of 2017.
Head to: https://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/apply/


Application Fee
Current Year 12 Student (HSC)Non-Year 12 Student
Before (29/09/2017)$58$68
After (29/09/2017)$183$193


The next step is to complete your UAC application. In the application, you are able to list up to 9 university course preferences in an orderly way. But fear not, you can change your preferences at any time after your application is completed.

You will be issued an UAC Application Number and a 4-digit UAC PIN to access your application in the future. This will allow you to change your course preferences, check for course offers as well as explore the wide array of university courses that are available to you from all participating institutions.


When Are The Offer Rounds?

Undergraduate course offers for 2017 will be released by UAC in a series of rounds from September 2017 to July 2018.

Early Offer RoundsUAC has 6 offer rounds before the main round. Some universities make limited offers for non-year 12, and Year 12 applicants receiving offers as a part of the many schemes mentioned previously. E.g. Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS).
Main Offer Rounds The bulk of offers are released by UAC in these rounds, usually after HSC students received their ATAR and compete with other non-year 12 students.
February Offer RoundsFor courses with vacancies after the main round.
March-July Rounds For students who start in Semester 2. (Mid-Year Start)

Note: To be eligible in upcoming UAC offer rounds, you must apply by the following dates, update your course preferences and submit any required documentation (usually for Non-year 12 applicants). UAC key dates are found here.


What is the Undergraduate Enrolment Selection Process?

To be eligible for your desired course, you must meet the admission requirements set by the selected tertiary education institution (University) e.g. University of Technology of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, etc. Entrance requirements usually refer to the ATAR cut-off associated with the particular course and is the minimum selection rank required for admission into a course.
UAC determines this by considering:

    • The number of places available in the course
    • The number of applicants for the course and
    • The quality of those applicants.

Refer to this link for the cut-offs for courses in several universities 2017


How Do I Accept My Undergraduate Offer?

To accept your offer login to ‘Check your offers’ on the UAC website. You will be sent a link to accept your offer or it will contain instructions on how to accept your offer. Make sure to accept your offer by the specified date if you don’t want to lose your offer.


What If I Don’t Meet The ATAR Cut-Off For My Desired Course?

Don’t worry! There are still a few pathways to take if you didn’t make the cut. These include:


Bonus Points Schemes

Most universities consider prerequisite subjects studied in the HSC as a source of recognition in students abilities and capability of joining and being successful in a particular university course. Bonus points are given based on the HSC exam marks received in the individual prerequisite subjects rather than taking into account the possible failures in other subjects that ultimately affect the rank of a particular student.


Bonus points do not change your ATAR. However, they change your ‘selection rank’ for a particular course or university. Therefore, you may still be eligible despite not reaching the ATAR cut-off for the course.


Selection Rank = ATAR + Bonus Points


To check if you are eligible for bonus points visit the sites below for reference:
(These Universities process bonus points automatically)

Australian Catholic University

University of Newcastle
Australian National University University of Technology Sydney
Griffith UniversityUniversity of Wollongong
La Trobe University University of New South Wales Sydney
Macquarie University Western Sydney University
University of Canberra

Visit this link for other universities who do not process bonus points automatically

Internal transfers

You can choose to apply for an internal transfer after enrolling in a similar subject in your desired uni. The best way to maximise chances is to start in a degree with similar subjects in which credits from your first year of study to your preferred degree. Ensure you try your best because your performance in those subjects will affect your ability to transfer. This makes sure you’re not just wasting time.

Other options (External transfers)

You can also re-apply through UAC or you can choose to enrol to study diplomas and transfer into a university. You can participate in programs that assist in your acceptance into any particular course. An example would be UTS:INSEARCH, this organisation allows individuals to complete the corresponding subjects of their desired courses for a price and may transfer you across to UTS based on your performance.


What Should I do if I am Going Overseas?

Bring your UAC Application Number and your 4-Digit UAC PIN with you when you go overseas. You can access your application overseas as long as you have access to a computer.

If you do not have access to a computer while overseas you must have completed a section of your application to authorise someone to accept an offer on your behalf or, submit a letter of authority to the UAC. To authorise acceptance of an offer on your behalf you must have contacted the relevant university.


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