Frequently asked questions

Applications to UOW's Early Admission have closed.

Our faculties are now assessing all submitted applications.

All eligible applicants will be sent an email on 7 and/or 8 September to advise if they have been shortlisted for an interview.

UOW hosted a live chat on Tuesday 19 September to help you prepare for your interview. You can watch the video here.
 


Careers Advisers / Year Advisers click here for more info.

The Early Admission Program

The Application

Interviews and outcomes

If you have a question that is not listed here, please contact us. We update this FAQ page as questions come in.

 

What is UOW Early Admission?

The University of Wollongong is about connecting bright minds through learning and research, to shape the world we live in. We want to get the right students into the right degrees.
Early Admission is a program which enables year 12 students to receive an early offer to study at the University of Wollongong (UOW) based on the academic marks or grades you've achieved so far, as well as a commitment to your study during Years 11 and 12.

All of UOW’s undergraduate degrees are offered via Early Admission, except for the Bachelor of Commerce Global (Honours), and the Bachelor of Computer Science Global (Honours). Students can apply for these degrees via Early Admission, however a successful outcome will be dependant on an ATAR of 95, a supplementary application form, and a letter of recommendation from your school's Principal. More information on these items will be emailed to students (who submit their applications for these degrees) on Friday 25 August. 

 How do I submit supporting documents with my application?

This isn't necessary…yet!

When you submit your marks in the online application; we will take your word for it at that point. If you're shortlisted for an interview, you will need to bring the Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Document. This document will be attached to the email we send you to let you know you’ve been shortlisted.

The application asked if I am eligible for a School Statement of Support - what is that?

The UOW Early Admission School Statement of Support (SSS) provides an opportunity for teachers to reference their support of a student’s Early Admission application. The SSS is an optional component of a student’s UOW Early Admission application – UOW does not expect that every student applying will submit an SSS. In fact, the SSS can only be given by teachers for students that fall into one of the below categories:

ILLNESS OR INJURY

  • Significant illness or injury affecting academic performance may be a short-term injury or illness (affecting a single assessment or preparation period) or a long-term condition, where the student has the ability to perform better in a more self-managed university environment (through part-time study, for example).

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE
These circumstances may include, but are not limited to:

  • Close family member significant illness or death
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Significant financial hardship
  • Interrupted schooling in senior years (including refugee arrival in Australia)
  • Interrupted home life (e.g. parental separation or family relocation)

If you feel that you meet this criteria - you should tick 'yes' to the School Statement support prompt in the 'other' section of the application (there is no opportunity for you to upload letters/certificates etc). Your school will then be required to support your request for a Statement of Support. This is doe online - your school 'sponsor (usually your Careers Adviser or Year Adviser) will have to sign up as a sponsor for your school. if your Careers Adviser / Year Adviser id unfamiliar with this - they should contact us.

Please note that the School statement of support is not a reference or recommendation from your school. It is for your school to verify that your marks have been affected by circumstances out of your control.

What is the ‘Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Document’?

The Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Document will be emailed to you between 7 – 8 September if you are shortlisted for an interview. This document is how you prove that the academic results you provided in your application are correct.

The document will be a pdf that will be pre-filled with the details you entered in your application. It will be attached to the email.
You will need to:

  • Print the document
  • Take the document to your school. It will need to be signed and stamped by your teacher/s to confirm your marks are correct and true.
  • Bring the original signed forms to your interview. You will need one of these documents for each interview that you attend. This means if you have two interviews, you will require two original, signed 'Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Documents'

Remember: Schools will close on around 22 September. It is your responsibility to get the form properly signed and stamped.

What if I’m unable to get my ‘Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Document’ signed by a school representative in time?

If you’re unable to get the Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Document signed and stamped in the required time frame, you will need to bring certified copies of your academic marks to the interview. Click here for more details on our requirements for certified copies.

Do I still need to apply to UOW through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC)?

Yes.

You must make an application through UAC. UAC applications open at their website: www.uac.edu.au on Wednesday 2 August 2017.
If you receive a successful Early Admission outcome; you will still need to be made a formal offer to study at UOW via UAC. These offers will be made on 16 November 2017.
To convert a successful outcome into a formal offer into the UOW degree that you've been made offered- that degree must be your highest eligible preference when this round closes on 12 November 2017. If you receive two successful outcomes from UOW, then you'll need to choose which one to put as your first preference. You will be emailed for each of the UOW courses that you sat an interview for.

 

How do I know if I have an Early Admission interview?

All applicants who submitted their application by the closing date will be communicated with on Thursday 7 - Friday 8 September. This communication will advise you if you have been shortlisted for an interview or not.
If you are shortlisted for an interview, you'll be asked to log back into the Early Admission system, and nominate your interview time/s. Your Verification of Academic Marks for will be attached to this email.
Remember that you can apply for two UOW courses; so you may be: shortlisted for both; shortlisted for one of your choices, and not the other; or not shortlisted for either.

When and where are the interviews?

If you have applied for courses at our South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool, the interviews will be held in Liverpool on Monday 25 September. All other courses at our Wollongong campus, and our other regional campuses will be held on September 26 - 28.
If you're shortlisted for an interview, we will send you all of the information you require, and there will also be more information on the Early Admission website.
You must attend your interview to be eligible for Early Admission.

Click here for more information about Early Admission interviews.

I live a long way from Wollongong. I’m worried that I won’t be able to make it for an interview. Am I still eligible to apply?

If you’re shortlisted for an interview and you live more than a four hour drive from Wollongong, you will be given the option of a phone/Skype interview.

If this applies to you, we’ll send instructions as to how you should send in your Early Admission Academic Marks Verification Document. You’ll still need to supply this; so be sure to get it signed by a school representative before term three ends.
This option will only be available for students who will have to travel for more than four hours. We really do encourage you to come to the interview in person - it is a great opportunity for you to see all the great things UOW has to offer; and it’s also a great chance for your family to see where you could be studying next year!

I am taking part in the UOW University Preparation Program (UPP). Am I guaranteed an interview?
 

You are. But please note that in order to be eligible for a guaranteed interview, you will need to have successfully completed all of the components of the University Preparation Program (UPP).
If you don't meet the requirements of the UPP, you will still be assessed for Early Admission; but the interview will not be guaranteed.

Please also note that while you are guaranteed a single Early Admission interview, you are not guaranteed an interview to a specific course or faculty. Interviews will be offered based on courses that the university think best suit your demonstrated skills and abilities.

How will I know if I'm successful?

After your Early Admission interview (which will be between September 25 - 28). We will assess; and send you your outcome between October 9 and 10.
You will receive a separate outcome email for each course you applied to through UOW Early Admission. These emails will advise of your application's final outcome. We will start sending the emails on Monday 9 October, and will continue to send them until 5pm on Tuesday 10 October, there is no one single 'blast email'.

All applicants will receive these emails at different times over the two days.

If you receive a successful UOW Early Admission outcome; you will receive an official UAC offer on November 16 if you have the course into which you've been offered Early Admission as your highest eigible UAC preference by midnight on 12 November.

If I am successful, what will I need to do to secure my place at UOW?

If you're emailed a successful outcome, we have a place reserved for you at UOW; but you will still need to apply for, and accept your place via UAC. You must register with UAC and have the course to which you have been offered Early Admission as your highest eligible UAC preference by 12 November 2017so that the offer can be formally issued by UAC on 16 November. It is the expectation of the University of Wollongong (UOW) that in your HSC; you will maintain or exceed the level of academic performance indicated in your application and interview.

Can I defer my Early Admission place if I am successful?

Yes; you can defer your place at UOW for up to one year. 
When you receive your official offer from UAC, deferral will be one of your options.

When should I think about accommodation at UOW?

Short answer: Now!


UOW has an Accommodation Guarantee for all students who will be undertaking their first year of study in 2018. Conditions apply, and you must apply online by 12 November to be eligible. You will get three preferences for accommodation; it makes sense to get this done before the HSC starts, and the earlier you apply - the more likely you are to get your first accommodation preference.

Apply by November 12, and you may be eligible for the UOW Early Admission Accommodation Bursary, worth $5000.
 

 

Last reviewed: 20 September, 2017