If you're a high school student (either at a school or at TAFE) then you are referred to as a 'current school leaver' when applying to uni.
- For the majority of current school leavers, you'll apply to universities in NSW and the ACT through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
- Your admission criteria for most UTS undergraduate courses will be based entirely on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or International Baccalaureate (IB) score.
- A small number of UTS undergraduate courses have additional or optional selection criteria for current school leavers.
1. Find your course
January - August
Knowing what to study can be tough. Search our 150+ UTS undergraduate degrees by school below to find your fit.
- Design, Architecture & Building
- Health: Nursing, Midwifery, Sport & Exercise
- International Studies & Global Studies
- Science + Maths
- Transdisciplinary Innovation
2. Check your entry requirements
April - August
Check that you meet the eligibility criteria for UTS admission. The majority of courses will assess you mainly based off the ATAR/IB you receive.
3. Visit UTS
April - December
You can also attend a workshop, join a tour and get to know what makes UTS different.
4. Work out your preferences
June - August
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, which falls on the 17 December 2017 – just days after you receive your HSC results and ATAR.
Here is some advice for ordering your prefereneces:
- Order the courses you wish to study by order of preference in your UAC application.
- 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 (five).
- You should not order your preferences based on the ATAR you think you'll get.
- During the selection process, you're considered for each course starting from the top of your list the working its way down. You'll offered the first course in your list for which you meet the ATAR cut-off. For example, if your don’t have the required ATAR for your first preference but you have the ATAR needed for the second preference, you'll likely receive an offer for your second preference.
- Lodge your application and optional additional selection documents through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens an external site).
- If you're applying to start is Session 1 (March), applications open in August the year before. See UAC's key dates (opens an external site).
6. Results in hand, review your options
- Are you eligible for the Year 12 Adjustment Scheme? Depending on your performance in certain HSC subjects, you could earn up to 5 points in addition to your ATAR.
- Attend UTS Info Day on Saturday 16 December 2017 to chat options before UAC close of preference on Sunday 17 December 2017.
7. Accept your offer
December - January
- If you've applied to start at UTS in Session 1 (March) 2018 the bulk of UTS offers will be released on 21 December 2017 via UAC.
- If you receive an offer, you'll also be contact by email/mail to walk you through the steps to start enrolling and orientation.
- Session 1 starts in in February 2018, see the UTS academic year dates.
- 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.
8. Planning a gap year?
December - January
You may consider a gap year as an option if you are undecided about what you want to study, or if you wish to gain work experience before starting university. Spending time working in an industry can help you decide if it is the direction you want to take. A gap year doesn't have to be about work; it's also a chance for self-discovery. You may choose to take some time off to travel and experience new things.
If you're planning on taking a gap year you have two options:
Apply the year you complete your year 12 studies and defer your commencement* for a year. This way, after your gap year (12 months), you can apply through UAC and be guaranteed an offer. OR
*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.