All you need to know about University

This year’s University Information Evening  will be in Term 3, Week 1.  Find out what you need to know about applying, main dates, open days, scholarships, deferring, early entry schemes  and meet representatives from several universities.

Is university right for you? Are you right for it?  How? Where?  When? Do your research and ask your questions to find out the answers for you!

Useful websites:

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

ATAR:  Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.  Click here for more information about this, how it is calculated and used by the universities.

Which degree? Which uni? – if you are interested in studying at university in Sydney!

Universities in NSW & the ACT

Australian Catholic University   University of New England
Australian National University   University of New South Wales
Charles Sturt University   University of Newcastle
La Trobe University   University of Sydney
Macquarie University   University of Technology, Sydney
Southern Cross University   University of Western Sydney
University of Canberra   University of Wollongong

QTAC handles applications to all Queensland universities as well as Queensland TAFE courses and applications to University of New England and Southern Cross University as well. Closing date is generally the same as UAC (end of September) but you can only have 6 preferences. Multiple copies of the QTAC book are in the Careers Adviser’s Office.

VTAC handles applications to all Victorian universities. The VTAC book will be available in newsagencies from July as Victorian universities do not send many resources to the school. A copy of the current VTAC book is in the Careers Adviser’s Office.

Universities Scholarships

Visit each university website and click on SCHOLARSHIPS to find out what is currently on offer. Alternatively you can go to the Scholarships Australia website and the Good Universities Guide website.  Most university scholarships will be due in Term 3.
Some scholarships are for specific careers eg engineering, surveying, teaching etc. For all health and medical scholarships visit NSW Rural Doctors Network and My Health Career.   Some are for academic ability, sporting prowess, rural origin, financial-disadvantage or for “all-rounders” (eg academic, sporting, cultural, community activities and leadership).

Deferring University

This is a good option for some students – for financial reasons and if they are still unsure about what to study.  However there are some drawbacks eg students may miss out on some scholarships for school-leavers and may find it hard to get back into “study mode”. This will be discussed at the annual University Information Evening held mid year.

HSC Bonus Points/Adjustment Factors

These schemes enable to students to gain bonus points to add to their ATAR if they achieve good HSC results in certain subjects according to the courses they apply to do.  The points do not change the ATAR but would improve the student’s selection rank to get into a course ie ATAR + Bonus Points

Schemes vary from university to university in regard to what courses, how they apply etc. The bonus points are added automatically and students do not have to apply, just like any Regional Bonus Points our students are eligible to receive. In these cases some universities also offer 3, 4 or 5 bonus points to students from their feeder areas or regional NSW.

Early Entry / School Recommendation Schemes

These schemes enable to students to gain entry into certain courses at certain universities regardless of whether they received the required ATAR on the basis of the school’s recommendation and the university’s evaluation of the student’s application.

The schemes are designed to assist students who have the ability to cope with tertiary studies in their chosen courses. UAC will administer the SRS for some universities

If you do not receive an offer through the schemes (universities often have quotas), you may still apply through the normal UAC channels relying on your ATAR to get you into the course. In most cases, you can defer an offer made via these schemes, but you need to check with the university concerned or Mrs. Barrett.

Don’t assume you will be successful. To increase your chances of success:

  • Choose your courses carefully to maximise your chances of getting in.
  • Work consistently and well through Year 11 and 12 to maximise your chances.
  • Check out the selection criteria.
  • And know that Trial HSC results matter a lot!!!! They are used to help the panel of staff evaluating applications. They will have to be attached to most scholarship applications.

Students are notified if they are successful before they receive their HSC results and ATAR and one scheme will notify you about your application before you sit the HSC.

Some students apply for early entry uni courses because they are the courses they really wish to do and other see them as a “backup”plan. Some students in the past have needed this and without their early entry offer would not have been able to get into university after Year 12.

Not everyone who applies is successful and not everyone is accepted into their first choice.