How do university offer rounds work?

When you’re the parent of a Year 12 student, there’s plenty to learn as you help your young person prepare for university. From navigating UAC/VTAC to applying for accommodation – and everything in between – there’s plenty to keep you busy. And while your child wraps up high school and gets set for a new life as a uni student, there are lots of key dates to remember, and lots of questions.

One of the big questions you might be asking is: how do university offer rounds work? Let’s unpack the offer process.

Main round offers

There are a number of offer rounds throughout the year via UAC (Universities Admission Centre) and the other Tertiary Admission Centres (TACs). However, most offers are made to Year 12 students once ATARs have been released in December. The main offer rounds for UAC are December Round 2 and January Round 1. You will want to add these to your diary now.

This year, things have gone back to normal after COVID, so ATARs for NSW and ACT HSC students will again be released on 14 December 2023.

December Round 2 offers

If your child wants to receive a study offer via UAC just a few days after getting their ATAR, then this is the round for them. It’s a good idea for your child to get organised early and apply as soon as they can. Not only will your child have more certainty and less stress over the Christmas holidays, but some of our more competitive courses may fill quickly. Your child can give themselves the best chance at getting into their top preference by applying for this round.

Important dates for UAC December Round 2 offers

Thursday 9 December – apply and pay

Friday 15 December – change your preference

Offers released – 15 December 2023

Important dates for UAC January Round 1 offers

  • Change preferences by 4 January 2024
  • Offers released on 11 January 2024

February Round 1 offers

This is your child’s next opportunity to get into the course they want. Remember, your child can preference up to five courses with UAC. So if they don’t receive an offer for their first preference, we will look at their ATAR and make an offer based on their next preferenced courses.

Another thing to remember is that some students who were made offers in December Round 2 may have chosen to decline or defer their places. This means that places in popular courses could become available. Great news if your child’s preferred course that had previously filled becomes available to them!

Important dates for UAC February Round 1 offers

  • Change preferences by 29 January
  • Offers released on 3 February
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Accepting an offer

Your child will only receive one offer for each round they apply for. If they do not receive an offer or receive an offer that is not their first preference in an earlier round, then your child still has options. For instance, they might receive an offer to their second or third preferenced course. Now, they can choose to accept this offer as the course may provide a pathway to the course they really want. Or, they might decide to apply for the next round of offers to see if their top preference has placed. They should look at the ATAR cut-off for the course they really want to see if they are eligible for entry to that course.

Early offers

Now, here’s some exciting news – your child can receive an offer to study with Charles Sturt before they sit their final exams! Early offers for a range of our undergraduate courses are offered through:

  • the Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program
  • Schools Recommendation Scheme via UAC
  • in some cases, criteria other than their ATAR, such as an interview or audition.

Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program

At Charles Sturt we recognise that there is much more to your child than academic achievement alone. That’s why our Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program considers the other skills and attributes your child has. We look at your child’s Year 11 results and their soft skills – things like communication skills, motivation, empathy and resilience – to assess their ability to succeed at uni.

This program is unique to Charles Sturt and offers exclusive support and events for your child.

Find out how your child can get the Advantage.

Parent information session

Want to learn more about the application process? Come along to our Parent Information Session in September to have all your questions answered! We’ll step you through early offer programs, applications, paths into uni, accommodation options and our student services. Head on over and register your interest.

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