Most universities will have information on their websites about the different ways students can access their university. Make a list of the universities you are interested in and then check their websites or give them a call to ask them about their entry options.
Year 12 and ATAR
The most common way school leavers apply to university is through their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or ATAR. The ATAR provides a measure of students’ overall academic achievement in the High School Certificate in relation to that of other students.
It doesn’t all depend on the HSC result, however. If you don’t receive an ATAR or the ATAR needed for your preferred course there are many other pathways into university.
Some students study at TAFE and receive qualifications that may allow them to apply for or transfer into university later.
Indigenous specific pathways
Indigenous students may apply through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Entry Scheme such as CSU’s Indigenous Access Program.
Diploma of General Studies
Some students enter uni via a university preparatory program, such as a Diploma of General Studies.
Schools Recommendation Schemes
Regional students may be eligible for entry via a Schools Recommendation Scheme.
A Schools Recommendation Scheme uses criteria other than (or in addition to) ATARs to make offers of university admission. Criteria may include school recommendations, senior secondary studies and personal awards and achievements.
Regional Bonus Points
Some University Admissions Centre institutions apply regional bonus points to a student’s ATAR if they live in a designated region, others apply bonus points if the student attends school in a designated region, and some institutions do both. These are regional bonus points and they are awarded automatically – you do not need to apply separately.