In a perfect world, you’d know exactly what you wanted to study and where. You’d then place that course in your first preference spot on your university application which you submitted to the relevant admissions centre or in some cases directly to the university.
Next ATAR release date comes around, you get the score you wanted – or better – and a few days later you receive an offer to study your dream course that placed as your fist preference. You accept the offer, enrol and move on to the next chapter of your life. Job done.
Unfortunately as you’ll know by now, life isn’t always that straight forward.
So what happens if you miss out on your first preference, don’t get any offers at all, or get an offer for your first preference but have changed your mind and want to study something else or the same course but at a different uni?
First of all don’t panic. It’s really all OK and universities and the offer system are very flexible in what you’ll be able to do next.
University offers simplified
We’ve created this step by step flow chart that explains the offers process and your options in each scenario.
And YES you can accept an offer in the main round and still wait for other offers in future rounds. Bear in mind that means you might need to change the order of your preferences before the cut-off date for the next round of offers.
If you find yourself in the position of having received multiple offers that you’ve accepted, yay for you, that’s absolutely fine. Then you get to decide which offer best suits you and simply withdraw from the other offers.
It’s really important to remember to withdraw from any institutions you’ve accepted offers from but don’t want to study at anymore, before the census date – otherwise you might find yourself enrolled on more than once course and paying more than one lot of uni fees.
For more information about changing preferences, key dates, etc., you can download the Apply to Uni Guide – check for any further key date changes with the TAC or university directly as well, thanks to COVID those dates have change quite a few times this year already.