UAC | Universities Admissions Centre

UAC | Universities Admissions Centre

UAC processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses at participating institutions (mainly located in NSW and the ACT).

They also:

Visit the UAC | Universities Admissions Centre website

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

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Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students, whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 (or equivalent), receive an offer to university.

From 1 August 2020, applicants can claim financial hardship if a parent or guardian has received Job Keeper or Job Seeker payments for at least three months (from March 2020). Check the details under the  ‘Financial hardship’ section of EAS.  Note students disadvantaged by COVID-19 may already be eligible under at least one of the existing EAS categories relating to financial hardship, home environment and personal illness.

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.

Admission Criteria

Admission to most tertiary courses is based on your selection rank. If you are eligible for an ATAR, your selection rank will be your ATAR + adjustment factors.

Some courses also have additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio, audition, interview or test, which are considered either instead of, or together with, your academic qualifications.

Each institution sets its own admission requirements and most offer pathway options to applicants who don’t meet these general requirements.

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Application Info

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.
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Application Fees

Undergraduate (domestic and international applicants)

Early Bird Applications (3 April – 30 September) – $70

Standard Applications (1 October 2020 – 5 February 2021) – $200


2020 ATAR Advice Notice (digital) Free until midnight 28 February 2021

Printed or replacement notice (with free digital) $58

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Interstate Applicants

UAC will not be able to assess and make offers to applicants with the following 2020 Year 12 qualifications until January Round 1:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Victorian Certificate of Education
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education

How to apply

If you know the courses you’re applying for, the application will only take you about 20 minutes. Here’s a checklist of what you need to have ready to apply:

  • your Year 12 student number (you’ll also be asked to enter a PIN, which is your date of birth – you can change it after you’ve applied)
  • your UCAT candidate number, if relevant
  • your chosen courses (up to five if you’re a domestic applicant for undergraduate study) and their course codes, which can be found on the course search on UAC’s website, in the My UAC app and in the dropdown menu in the application itself
  • a credit card (MasterCard or Visa) to pay the processing fee. You can also pay by BPay.

We recommend you apply before the early-bird closing date (the last business day in September). If you apply after this date you will pay a higher processing charge. Once you’ve applied you can change your course preferences as many times as you like at no charge.

Some courses have earlier application closing dates than the UAC closing dates or additional selection criteria, such as an interview or portfolio. Check these details in the course descriptions via the course search.

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What are my UAC application number and PIN?

You’ll need your UAC application number and PIN to log in to your application and to check your offer. If you’re a 2020 NSW HSC or ACT Year 12 applicant you’ll also need your UAC PIN to start your application and check your ATAR.

When you complete the personal details section of your application, you’ll be emailed your nine digit UAC application number and four-digit PIN. Your Confirmation of Application, which you can download once your application is complete, will also include your UAC application number.

If you’re a 2020 NSW HSC or ACT Year 12 applicant your PIN was emailed to you in April 2020. For all other applicants, your UAC PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth. For example, if your birthday is 3 October, your UAC PIN is 0310; if your birthday is 17 May, your UAC PIN is 1705.

How will I know if I receive an offer?

If you receive an offer we’ll send you an email. Most institutions require you to accept your offer online; however, each institution has particular instructions for accepting offers. Check the institution’s website and follow the instructions carefully.

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