Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for recent school leavers (current high school students and those who completed Year 12 the year prior and took a gap year) and non-recent school leavers.
1. Check if you’re eligible
Check that you meet the entry requirements for the course/s you want to study at UTS.
If you’re a recent school leaver, you’ll be considered for admission based on your selection rank, which is a combination of your ATAR/IB score (or equivalent) plus any adjustment points you may be eligible for through the admissions schemes we offer. Some courses may also have special entry requirements.
If you’re a non-recent school leaver, you’ll be considered for admission based on any assessable qualification that you hold for the course/s you want to apply for at UTS. This may include your NSW High School Certificate or equivalent, TAFE studies or degree studies from an Australian university (or equivalent). Remember to check what qualifications can be assessed for the UTS course/s you are interested in. Some courses may also have special entry requirements.
2. Attend an event
We hold information sessions during the year, so check our events calendar regularly to keep up to date.
Lodge your application through UAC (opens an external site).
Applications for UTS courses commencing in Summer (November) session 2020 are now open.
Applications for UTS courses commencing in Autumn (March) session 2021 are also open.
4. Manage your preferences
In your UAC application you can list up to five course preferences. You can change your preferences at any time up until a few days before each offer round. You can view offer round dates on the UAC website.
Here is some advice for ordering your preferences:
- Place the course you most want to study as your first preference, then work your way down till you have filled your maximum number of preferences, or you have preferenced all the courses you are interested in.
- We don’t recommend ordering your preferences based on how competitive you think you’ll be.
During the selection process, you will be considered for each course starting from your first preference and working down to your last preference. You'll be offered the first course on your list for which you meet the entry requirements.
5. Boost your application
Boost your chances of receiving an offer to study at UTS through the various admissions schemes we offer.
If you’ve experienced long term-disadvantage that has impacted on your results from school, vocational or university study, apply for our Educational Access Scheme, inpUTS. If you’re a current school leaver, our Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) can also help you gain entry to university.
If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, the Jumbunna Pathways Program helps aspiring students gain entry to university who may not otherwise have the qualifications to apply.
6. Accept your offer
If you've applied to start at UTS in the Autumn session (commencing in March), the bulk of UTS offers will be released in December Round 2 via UAC. UTS reserves spots to make offers to IB and interstate students following the release of their results in later offer rounds.
If you receive an offer, you'll also be contacted by email with information to help walk you through the steps to accept your offer and start enrolling.
Now's also a good 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.
7. Plans to defer?
You may consider deferring* your studies if you want to take a gap year to gain work or life experience. You’ll receive your new offer to the same course after your gap year (usually in November) direct from UTS. If you plan to postpone your studies for more than one year or would like to receive an offer to a different course, you’ll need to reapply through UAC.
*Note: Deferment is not available for a handful of courses at UTS. For more information, please refer to deferring your course commencement.
Applying to uni can be tricky. If you have more questions about your options, attend one of our on-campus events or contact us at ASK UTS.