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University early offers: the essential guide

Did you know you could be made a university early offer for a Charles Sturt University course before you’ve even received your ATAR? We recognise passion and performance in your studies and extra activities outside school. And we know that the ATAR isn’t the only measure of your abilities. That’s why we’re is part of the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) run via UAC.

SRS is a program that lets universities make university early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. It can be a great way to get a head start on planning for your time at uni, meaning you can apply for accommodation earlier (to get the room you really want!) and enjoy the summer after your HSC knowing you’ve already got an offer in the bag.

So, here’s the lowdown on what SRS is all about and how you can apply.

Who can apply for SRS?

SRS, like the music of Ed Sheeran, is not for everyone. However, most Year 12 students can apply (just like the reality that most people do like Ed’s music).

To apply for SRS you must be a Year 12 applicant who is studying for either an Australian Year 12 qualification or an International Baccalaureate in Australia.

That means you need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

How do I apply for SRS?

You will need to submit your SRS application via UAC. First, apply for admission via UAC. (This is when you apply for your preferred courses at university.) Remember that even with SRS, you’ll need to meet course-specific eligibility requirements. This could be a minimum ATAR, previous studies or the submission of a supplementary application form.

Once you’ve submitted your UAC admission application, you’ll receive a UAC application number and PIN. You can use these to complete an SRS application when the application portal is available (usually around the start of August).

You don’t need to nominate which courses you would like to be considered for under the SRS in your application, as SRS is automatically linked to your course preferences in your UAC application for undergraduate admission.

Complete your SRS application, agree to the declaration and submit. Make sure you do this before the closing date!

Remember: you need to submit an application for SRS to UAC in addition to your application for admission to be considered for a university early offer.

What criteria are assessed for an early offer to uni?

When assessing your SRS application, we’ll look at your:

  • Year 11 studies
  • school’s rating of your abilities and aptitudes.

Once you’ve submitted your application, it will be available to your school to provide their professional assessment of your ability and/or potential in two categories – areas of study and aptitudes – via an online rating process.

Once that’s been done, UAC processes your SRS application and forwards it to us for review.

What happens after my SRS application has been assessed?

If your SRS application is successful, you’ll receive one of two types of university early offers:

  • a conditional offer (where there are additional criteria you must meet, such as a minimum ATAR, portfolio or audition)
  • an unconditional offer (where there are no further requirements for you to meet).

We consider your course preferences according to the order in which you list them. You could receive one of these offers for more than one of your preferences.

Anything else I need to know about university early offers?

You can apply for SRS for most undergraduate courses at Charles Sturt. However, there are a few that don’t have the option. SRS is currently not available for the following courses: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Bachelor of Dental Science, Bachelor of Technology (Civil) / Master of Engineering (Civil), Diploma of General Studies and Doctor of Medicine.

But the courses are updated each year, so search for the course you’re interested in at Charles Sturt University for the most up-to-date information. And you could be a part of our community earlier than you thought.