Here’s What You Need To Know About Changing Your Preferences For Uni

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If you’ve applied for university for 2018, you might be a bit nervous right now. Getting your results and making your final course decision can be tough.

Once upon a time, students had to wait weeks or months between receiving their results and being offered a place, but now the ‘Powers That Be’ have made some changes to dates and everything happens much quicker than it used to.


What does this mean for you?

If you’re finishing Year 12 in 2017 and have applied for university, it means that you’ll only have a little while to change your preferences once you’ve received your marks before the main round of offers.

This year, results are released on these dates, and the option to change your preferences in some states for the main round closes only a week or so afterwards.


State Admissions Centre Results Released Change of Preferences Closes
NSW & ACT UAC 15 December 17 December
Victoria VTAC 15 December 20 December
Queensland QTAC 16 December 18 December
WA TISC 19 December 4 January
SA (&NT) SATAC 19 December 4 January


Don’t freak out – there are still ways to change your mind later on (and a number of uni students change degree-paths during their degree – it’s not unusual and you’re never ‘locked-in’ to finishing anything) but it’s a good idea to think about changing your preferences once you know what your results look like.



Why would you change your preferences?

  • You got a better mark than you expected, and want to apply for a more competitive course
  • Or, you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped to, and want to change to a more realistic course
  • Perhaps you’ve changed your mind in the time between applying and getting your results, and want to go down a different path
  • A new (and more appealing) course has just become available. Or you recently found out about a course you didn’t know existed
  • Sometimes universities choose to cancel a course, and you may want to replace it


It’s a big decision, but now you have more information (i.e. your results) it’s wise to rethink your options.

To help you make the best choice, many universities hold special ‘Change of Preference’ sessions (sometimes they’re called ‘Info Days’) where you can get one-on-one advice and find out about your options.

You’ll also find lots of information about university preparation courses, extracurricular activities, accommodation services and alternative entry pathways.

We’ve put together a list of all the upcoming Change of Preference Sessions, so you can pop them in your diary today –


Australian Catholic University – Know Your Options Sessions

Ballarat, Brisbane & Melbourne – Monday 18 December

Canberra & Sydney – Friday 15 December


CQ Uni

Sydney & Melbourne – Friday 15 December

Brisbane & Online Chat – Monday 18 December

Adelaide & Perth – Tuesday 19 December


Deakin University

17 December, 11am – 2pm: Melbourne Burwood info session

18 December, 11am – 1pm: Geelong Waurn Ponds walk and talk tour

18 December, 4pm – 7pm: Geelong Waterfront info session

19 December, 11am – 1pm: Warrnambool walk and talk tour

19 January 2018, 9am – 7pm: Warrnambool one-on-one consultations

19 January 2018, 9am – 7pm: Melbourne Burwood one-on-one consultations

22 January 2018, 9am – 7pm: Melbourne Burwood one-on-one consultations

23 January 2018, 9am – 7pm: Geelong Waterfront one-on-one consultations

24 January 2018, 9am – 7pm: Deakin Downton one-on-one consultations


Federation University – Info Day

Monday 18 December


Flinders University

Tonsley: Friday 15 December

State Library, North Terrace: Wednesday 20 December

Bedford Park: Thursday 21 December

Victoria Square: Wednesday 3 January 2018

Bedford Park: Wednesday 3 January 2018


La Trobe University

Saturday 16 December


Macquarie University

Saturday 16 December


Monash University

Caulfield campus

Monday 18 December


Swinburne University

Monday 18 December


University of Melbourne

Monday 18 December


University of Notre Dame – Course Advice Sessions

Run until 29 December – book a session online


University of Queensland

Monday 18 December 4pm to 7pm


University of South Australia

Wednesday 20 December


University of Sydney

Saturday 16 December


UNSW – Info Day

Saturday 16 December



Saturday 16 December 9am-2pm


Victoria University

19 December

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