Find out how to apply to university for 2021

Understand the process so you can get your application in on time and maximise your chances of securing a place

Wondering how to apply for uni?

 

There’s a lot to take in, but we’ve made it easy for you to understand what you need to do and when you need to do it by.

You’ll find all the information you need to submit your application, maximise your preferences, and claim any Adjustment Factors you are eligible for.

Learn about COVID Pathways

This is no ordinary year, and all Year 12’s will have been affected to some degree. Luckily, most universities are aware that things are different, and have come up with programs and entry schemes designed to ensure everyone who wants to go to uni in 2021 can find a place.

Some universities will allow you to apply using your Year 11 and Year 12 results, others will guarantee a place if you score above the set ATAR. Each university is different, and the application process can be complex, which is why we’ve collected all the information from each university into the one place.

We anticipate things will continue to change, so check back for the latest updates and new COVID programs as the year progresses. All the changes will be included in our Weekly Newsletters for schools and students.

Entry schemes could allow you to apply with:

  • Your Year 11 & 12 results
  • A recommendation from your Principal
  • Volunteer work and community service (including school leadership)
  • Your ATAR, or
  • A combination of results

Each state has their own Application Centre, fees, dates, and rules

 

You need to apply in the state where you want to go to university – NOT in the state where you live.

So if you live in Sydney but want to apply for courses in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, you’ll need to apply through UAC, QTAC and TISC.

The good news is that applying in more states can INCREASE your chances of getting a place, because you can nominate the maximum number of preferences in each state. Which is particularly important if you’re considering a competitive course, like medicine or law.

UAC | Universities Admissions Centre

Australian Capital Territory & New South Wales


Preferences
You can nominate up to 5 preferences. To maximise your chances of receiving an offer it’s a good idea to nominate courses for all 5 preferences, just remember to put the one you want the most as ‘Number 1’.


Key dates

3 April  – UAC Applications Open – Application fee is $70 30 September – Early Bird Applications Close – Application fee is now $200 1 OctoberMidnight 5 February 2021 – Applications are open for the standard $200 fee 16 November – Last date to apply for December Round 2 offers (Main Round) Midnight 27 November – Applications close for January round 1 offers 9am 18 December – ATAR Results Released Midnight 19 December – Change of Preference Deadline for December Round 2 Offers 7.30am 23 December – Year 12 Offers Released Midnight 3 January 2021 – Final date to change preferences for January round 1 Offers 8 January 2021 – January Round 1 offers released & applications close for January round 2 Offers Midnight 17 January 2021 – Final date to change preferences for January round 2 Offers 21 January 2021 – January Round 2 offers released Find more dates


How to apply

Step 1

Register with your YEAR 12 STUDENT NUMBER and UAC PIN on the UAC website.

NSW & ACT students – Your UAC PIN will be emailed to the address you registered with NESA.

Interstate students – Your UAC PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth (so if your birthday is 3 October, your PIN is 0310).

Step 2

List up to FIVE preferences – to maximise your chances of getting an offer list all five preferences.

Remember – you can change these later.

Step 3
Accept the applicant declaration, submit your application and pay the processing fee.
Find more information here.


Learn about fees, adjustment factors, and more for UAC | Universities Admissions Centre

Some of the private tertiary education providers manage their own application and offer process. Each institution has it own application dates, fees and procedures, so if you want to apply for a course through one of those institutions you’ll need to check with them directly.

VTAC | Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Victoria


Preferences
You can nominate up to 8 preferences. To maximise your chances of receiving an offer it’s a good idea to nominate courses for all 8 preferences, just remember to put the one you want the most as ‘Number 1’.


Key dates

9am 3 August – VTAC Applications Open (SEAS & Scholarships open too) – Application fee is $41 5pm 30 September – On-time Applications Close – Application fee is now $119 5pm 9 October – Scholarship & SEAS Applications Close 5pm 6 November – Late Applications Close – Application fee is now $155 5pm 4 December – Very Late Applications Close 7am 30 December – ATAR Results 12pm 4 January 2021 – Change of Preference Deadline – January Round 2pm 14 January 2021 – January Offers released 12pm 21 January 2021 – Change of Preference Deadline – February Round 2pm 1 February 2021 – February Offers released More key dates


How to apply

Step 1

Set up your VTAC account. You will need to login and complete all the details, and if you need any documentation they will let you know.

They have created a demo and video to help you understand the process – find it on the VTAC website here.

 

Step 2

List up to EIGHT preferences – to maximise your chances of getting an offer, list all eight preferences.

Remember – you can change these later.

 

Step 3
Submit your application and pay the processing fee – once you’ve finished you can login to make changes if you need.

 



Learn about fees, adjustment factors, and more for VTAC | Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Some of the private tertiary education providers manage their own application and offer process. Each institution has it own application dates, fees and procedures, so if you want to apply for a course through one of those institutions you’ll need to check with them directly.

QTAC | Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre

Queensland


Preferences
You can nominate up to 6 preferences. To maximise your chances of receiving an offer it’s a good idea to nominate courses for all 6 preferences, just remember to put the one you want the most as ‘Number 1’.


Key dates

4 August 2020 – QTAC Applications Open – Application fee is $45 9 December – Applications Close – December Round 11 December – Applications Close – January Round 19 December – QCE & ATAR Results Released 12pm 21 December – Change of Preference Deadline – December Round 23 December – December Offers Released 12pm 7 January – Change of Preference Deadline – January Round 14 January – January Offers Released Some courses have fixed application dates. You can find those here. Check other Key dates here, if they’re not up to date you can check details in the QTAC 2021 Guide.


How to apply

Step 1

Set up your QTAC account – you can’t do this on a tablet or mobile, so you’ll need a PC.

You will need your Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) number – it won’t accept your EQID or USI.

Step 2

List up to SIX preferences – to maximise your chances of getting an offer list all six preferences.

Remember – you can change these later.

Step 3

Submit your application and pay the processing fee, and don’t forget to upload any supporting documents.



Learn about fees, adjustment factors, and more for QTAC | Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre

Some of the private tertiary education providers manage their own application and offer process. Each institution has it own application dates, fees and procedures, so if you want to apply for a course through one of those institutions you’ll need to check with them directly.

TISC | Tertiary Institutions Service Centre

Western Australia


Preferences
You can nominate up to 6 preferences. To maximise your chances of receiving an offer it’s a good idea to nominate courses for all 6 preferences, just remember to put the one you want the most as ‘Number 1’.


Key dates

18 May 2020 – Applications Open – Application fee is $55 11pm 30 September 2020 – Early Bird Applications Close – Fee is now $170 11pm 14 December 2020 – Applications Close (for 15 January 2021 Offers Round) 21 December 2020 TBC – WACE Results Released 11pm 8 January 2021 – Change of Preference Deadline (for 15 January 2021 Offers Round) 15 January 2021 TBC – January Offers (first round) Released 11pm 24 January 2021 – Applications close and final date for Change of Preferences for 28 January offers round 28 January 2021 TBC – Second Offers Round Other Key Dates


How to apply

Step 1
Register with TISCOnline, receive your 8-digit user ID and password to login, then complete the application form.

 

Step 2

List up to SIX preferences – to maximise your chances of getting an offer list all six preferences.

Remember – you can change these later.

 

Step 3

Submit your application and pay the processing fee, and don’t forget to upload any supporting documents.

Your application will only be processed after you’ve paid the fee and completed the declaration step.

Once you’ve lodged your application you can only change your contact details and preferences – all other changes must be made in writing.



Learn about fees, adjustment factors, and more for TISC | Tertiary Institutions Service Centre

Some of the private tertiary education providers manage their own application and offer process. Each institution has it own application dates, fees and procedures, so if you want to apply for a course through one of those institutions you’ll need to check with them directly.

SATAC | SA & NT Tertiary Admissions Centre

Northern Territory & South Australia


Preferences
You can nominate up to 6 preferences. To maximise your chances of receiving an offer it’s a good idea to nominate courses for all 6 preferences, just remember to put the one you want the most as ‘Number 1’.


Key dates

3 August 2020 – SATAC Applications Open – Application Fee is $45 30 September 2020 – Early bird Applications Close – Fee from 1 October $185 30 September 2020 – Final closing date for Medicine/Surgery (including Bonded Medical Program), Dental Surgery, Oral Health, and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Adelaide. Late applications not accepted. 2 November 2020 – Final closing date for Creative Arts (Drama) at Flinders University. Late applications not accepted. 1 December 2020 – Applications close (for equal consideration), completed applications and fees must be submitted by this date. 1 December 2020 – Final closing date for Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University, and Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology at the University of Adelaide. Late applications not accepted. TBC December 2020 – Predicted ATAR Release Dates 7 January 2021 – Change of Preference Deadline 15 January 2021 – January Main Offer Round – emailed by 5pm 28 January 2021 – Next Offer Round – emailed by 5pm 2 February 2021 – Next Offer Round – emailed by 5pm Other Key Dates


How to apply

Step 1
Register with SATAC – you’ll need your registration/candidate number (you school or board of studies should be able to provide this), and they recommend you complete the application on a PC.

 

Step 2

List up to SIX preferences – to maximise your chances of getting an offer, list all six preferences.

Remember – you can change these later.

 

Step 3
Submit your application and pay the processing fee, and don’t forget to upload any supporting documents.

 



Learn about fees, adjustment factors, and more for SATAC | SA & NT Tertiary Admissions Centre

Some of the private tertiary education providers manage their own application and offer process. Each institution has it own application dates, fees and procedures, so if you want to apply for a course through one of those institutions you’ll need to check with them directly.

University of Tasmania

How to apply

Step 1
Set up your UTAS Account – they will obtain most of the documentation needed to process your application, and let you know if they need anything else.

Step 2
List up to FIVE preferences – to maximise your chances of getting an offer, list all five preferences. Remember – you can change these later.

Step 3
Submit your application, and if you need to change anything you can log into your account online.

Preferences

You can nominate up to 5 preferences. To maximise your chances of receiving an offer it’s a good idea to nominate courses for all 5 preferences, just remember to put the one you want the most as ‘Number 1’.

Key Dates

4 August – Applications Open – No application fee

30 September – Main Applications Close – 5pm

17 December – ATAR Release Date

18 December – First Offer Round (Tasmanian Year 12s)

10 January – Special Consideration Applications Close

19 January – Deadline for Year 12s to accept their offer

GET THE GUIDE

Apply to Uni 2021

In the Guide

In our guide, you’ll discover –

  • Key dates for Year 12’s in each state
  • How to change your preferences, and the cut-off dates for changes
  • Step-by-step application guide for each state
  • How to choose what to study
  • Find a university you’ll love
  • Understanding Adjustment Factors

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