Applying to study with us is easy! Simply follow our step-by-step guide below.
1. Find your course
Knowing what to study can be tough. Start your journey by searching our 150+ undergraduate degrees to find your fit.
2. Check the admission requirements
Once you’ve found ‘the one’, check that you meet the admission requirements, as well as our eligibility criteria.
If you're a high school student, the majority of courses will assess you based on your selection rank, which is a combination of your ATAR/IB plus any adjustment points you may be eligible for through an admission scheme. A handful of courses take into consideration additional factors. An example of this is the co-operative scholarship courses in IT and accounting, where an application form and interview will also be required.
If you are a non-current school leaver, your admissions is based on one of the following:
- a NSW Higher School Certificate or Australian equivalent, and an ATAR of 69 or higher
- a recognised TAFE or Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) (opens an external site), in the form of:
- associate diploma
- advanced diploma, or
- tertiary preparation certificate
- a UTS Insearch diploma or foundation studies
- at least one year full-time (or equivalent) in a degree course at an Australian university or college of advanced education
- an approved overseas qualification (you'll also have to prove your proficiency in English).
3. Visit UTS
Make sure you visit us during the year at one of our events or faculty info sessions. The biggest day on campus is UTS Open Day where you have the chance to explore your course and career options.
While you're visiting us, you can also check if you are eligible for any educational admissions schemes. Our events and info sessions are a great time to ask any questions you may have about these schemes.
4. Work out your preferences
In your UAC application you can list up to five course choices. Each of these choices are known as 'preferences'. You can change your preferences anytime until the last change of preferences date.
Here is some advice for ordering your preferences:
- Start with the course you would most like to do as your first preference, then work your way down till you have filled your maximum number of preferences .
- You should not order your preferences based on the selection rank you think you'll get.
- During the selection process, you're considered for each course starting from the top of your list, before working its way down. You'll be offered the first course on your list for which you meet the entry requirements.
Lodge your application and optional additional selection documents through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
If you're applying to start in Session 1, applications open in August the year before. You can see more key dates on the UAC website (opens an external site).
6. Check your eligibility for any UTS admissions schemes
Admission schemes boost your chances of gaining entry directly into a UTS course by taking into account additional criteria, such as your academic performance in specific HSC subjects, disadvantageous circumstances you've experienced or your Indigenous Australian background.
7. Results in hand, review your options
If you are a high school student you may be eligible for the Year 12 subject scheme, where depending on your performance in certain HSC subjects, you could earn up to five points towards your selection rank.
If you have more questions about your options, attend UTS Info Day to chat options before your UAC preferences close.
8. Accept your offer
If you've applied to start at UTS in Session 1, the bulk of UTS offers will be released in December via UAC.
If you receive an offer, you'll also be contact by email/mail to help walk you through the steps to start enrolling and Orientation.
Now's the time to look at adding a diploma to your degree. Gain a language with the Diploma in Languages, or build your analytic and creative skills with the Diploma in Innovation.
9. Planning on deferring?
You may consider to defer your studies as an option if you are undecided about what you want to study, or if you want to gain work or life experience before starting university.
If you're planning on taking a gap year you have two options:
- Once you receive an offer, defer your commencement* for a year. This way, after your gap year (12 months), you can apply through UAC and be guaranteed an offer
- If you want to postpone your studies for more than 12 months you can apply in later years as a non-current school leaver and be assessed on other criteria.
*Note: Deferment is not available for a handful of courses at UTS. This includes the B Information Technology, B Midwifery and B Midwifery / B Creative Intelligence and Innovation.
Things to remember
- If you are a high school student, the admission criteria for most of our undergraduate courses will be based entirely on your selection rank or IB score.
- A small number of UTS undergraduate courses have additional or optional selection criteria for high school students.
- Your selection rank is calculated on a combination of your ATAR/IB, including any adjustments you may be eligible for from either an admissions scheme or prior qualifications. This could include your previous ATAR, tertiary results, work experience or bridging and preparatory studies.
- Each offer round is determined by UAC. You can view each offer round on the UAC website (opens an external site).