Early Admission FAQs

Early Admission FAQs

Successful applicants will receive their official UOW offers during the first week of September. If you applied for two courses you will receive two separate emails, containing the outcome for each course you applied for. 

If you are not successful in your Early Admission application for a course preference, you will still receive an email, and we encourage you to lodge an application to UOW via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) before the early bird closing date of 29 September 2023. Your application will be reassessed once your final year 12 results are released. 

All successful Early Admission applicants must complete Year 12 and be eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC), International Baccalaureate (IB) or interstate equivalent. 

Some individual course offers may have conditions that you will need to clear before you can enrol. We will list any conditions on your offer outcome email.

Short answer: now! 

Applications are open now via the UOW Accommodation website and places are filling fast. You’ll get three preferences for accommodation. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to get your first accommodation preference, so we recommend submitting an application as soon as possible. 

You do not need to accept your Early Admission offer(s). UOW will load any offers you receive through Early Admission, via UAC or directly from UOW into our admissions system. When Autumn session enrolment opens in early December 2023, you will be able to enrol in your preferred course. We will send you more details on enrolment closer to the time.

Congratulations! This means that you have been successful in gaining a spot in both of your course preferences. You will need to decide which course you want to study when it’s time to enrol. Enrolment opens on Monday, 4 December, 2023. We suggest you register for and attend your study area webinar/s for the course/s that you have been offered. These webinars are a great opportunity to ask any questions of UOW staff and students. We will email you an invite to a study area webinar a day or two after the release of Early Admission offers.

If you do not meet the Early Admission criteria for your original course preference or, in cases where UOW discontinues a course, we may issue an ‘alternative’ offer. Alternative offers give you the opportunity to remain in your chosen study area and may provide you with a direct pathway to your original course preference. Alternative offers are made after careful consideration of your application and aligning you with a study program we know you can excel at.

Some alternative offer courses are delivered by UOW while some are delivered by UOW College (UOWC). Read more about UOWC alternative offers below.

Some alternative Early Admission offer courses are delivered by UOW College (UOWC).

UOWC alternative offers are what are known as packaged offers. Packaged offers are essentially an offer to two courses, where successful completion of the first course identified in the package allows you to progress to the second course. In most cases, an alternative offer to UOWC will be packaged with your original course preference – you study the first part with UOWC, the second with UOW.

Studying with UOWC will ensure you have the academic and personal support you need to succeed. You will benefit from the small class sizes which means that you will benefit from individual attention, available staff and a personal approach. Academic skills development is embedded in UOWC programs, with an emphasis on oral, written and presentation skills, and group work.

Similar to an undergraduate degree:

  • subjects have a lecture and tutorial format, or lecture and laboratory format, timetabled over five days
  • assessment is by practical tasks, essays, mid-session tests and final exams

Students who successfully complete their UOWC course/program will be guaranteed (subject to meeting UOW entry requirements) entry into the first or second year of the UOW course identified in the packaged offer.


Yes. If you received an offer through Early Admission, but you have decided you would like to study a different course at UOW, you can list this course on your regular UAC application and you will be assessed for this course based on your final results and your ATAR.

If you received an alternative course offer to the one you originally applied for, you will be reassessed for your original course when final results and ATARs are released in December. There is nothing you need to do for this to happen, and we will be in touch if we’re able to make you an offer to your original preference. 

In most cases - yes. If you have been offered a course at one of our campuses and now wish to change to another one of our campuses where the course is offered, send an email to future-students@uow.edu.au with the subject line: ‘Campus Change Request’, and include your Early Admission application number.

Let us know the campus to which you have been made an offer, and the campus you want to transfer to. We will be in touch with advice after we receive your request. In some cases, your application may need to be reassessed because different campuses have different admission requirements.

Check where your course is offered by using the UOW Course Finder tool.

Yes, you can defer your place at UOW for up to one year.

Once enrolment opens on Monday, 4 December, 2023 more details on how to defer your offer will be available on the UOW Get Started page. 

Please note: you cannot defer scholarship or accommodation offers. If you are planning to take a year off before commencing study with UOW, you will need to apply for scholarships and accommodation in the year before you commence study i.e. if you defer your offer until 2025, you will apply for scholarships and accommodation in the latter half of next year. 

Yes! Many UOW scholarship applications are open until early December. You can read more about the range of scholarships on offer, how to apply, and any important dates on the Future student scholarship page. 



The UOW Get Started page will be updated regularly to get you prepared for starting university in 2024, but here’s a few quick points about starting at UOW:

  • Shortly after you receive your Early Admission offers(s), we’ll generate a student number for you, and upload you offers to our admission system so that you can enrol in your course.
  • Enrolment will open from Monday 4 December. We will send you email reminders closer to this date.
  • Orientation (Monday, 19 February, 2024 – Thursday, 22 February, 2024) is a great way to meet your classmates and teachers, join clubs and societies, and get to know your UOW campus.
  • Classes begin the week of 26 February 2024.
  • Check your inbox! We will regularly communicate with you about what we need you to do. We will contact you via the email you used to apply.

Orientation week (O-Week) will take place from Monday, 19 February, 2024 to Thursday, 22 February, 2024. O-Week is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the campus and the amazing opportunities that are here for UOW students, both in and out of the classroom. 

Classes will commence the week of 26 February 2024

If you applied for an education degree and did not fill out the education-specific questionnaire, you will not receive an offer through Early Admission. You can however apply for an education degree through UAC and you will be assessed using your ATAR and the education-based questionnaire. We suggest that you lodge a UAC application before the Early Bird closing date of 29 September 2023.

Due to Australian privacy laws, information about a student’s application, offer, or enrolment, cannot be disclosed to a third party without written and signed consent. 

As part of the application process, applicants were able to enter the name of a person who they authorise to act on their behalf. That person – and that person only – may be given information about the student's application. 

If you are a parent seeking information regarding your child’s application and you are not listed as an authorised person on their application, you will need to ensure they have completed a consent to release form before we are able to respond. When completed, the consent form may be sent via email to futurestudents@uow.edu.au

Please visit uow.edu.au/privacy for more information. 

If you have not received an email from UOW with the outcome/s of your Early Admission application/s the best place to start is by checking the Early Admission portal. If you are still unable to locate your outcome, please call UOW Future Students on 1300 367 869 to confirm your outcome and verify that we have the correct email address for your application.   

Please have your Early Admission application number on hand to help the team easily locate your application details.  

Students are not required to accept their offer; this is automatically accepted when you enrol into your degree. Enrolments open on Monday 4 December.

Students can transfer to other degrees after enrolment as long as they meet the transfer requirements for that degree (usually a certain number of subjects completed and average mark maintained). Speak with your faculty after enrolment to find out transfer requirements.

Domestic students can choose to pay their fees upfront, defer their tuition fees to a HECS-HELP loan, or make a partial payment and defer the rest onto your HECS-HELP loan. For eligible domestic undergraduate students, you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) which helps to pay part of your tuition fees.

See HELP loans and billing options to learn more.

Yes, if you are deferring you can still apply for scholarships, but in the following year. For example, if you are deferring your offer to start in 2025, you should apply for scholarships in the second half of 2024 once they are released. Visit Scholarships to find out more.

Tutorial enrolments open at various times, but usually 2-3 weeks before the start of session (26 February 2024). This will allow you to enrol in your classes and create your timetable. Please refer to the resources for dates and tutorial information.

Generally, lectures are recorded so that students can refer back to them when studying. It also means that students may not be required to attend their lectures in person, however this may vary from subject to subject. Expectations for each subject will be outlined in the first lecture.

Students will need to be enrolled full-time in the 2024 Autumn session to receive their first payment. The first payment will be made after the census date of the Autumn semester (31 March). For more information, see our Country of Coast Scholarship page.

Yes, students can apply for scholarships at any time once applications are open. Please refer to Scholarships for availability and dates.

Students are only required to complete and be awarded the Higher School Certificate (HSC), they do not need to meet a certain ATAR. However, we encourage all students to do their best and achieve the best ATAR possible.

Students can change to a single degree after they enrol by going through the internal course transfer process. Students should speak to their relevant faculty after they enrol about the requirements to do this.

Our Future Students team are available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm on 1300 367 869. Our Future Students team are experienced staff who have previously studied at UOW to share their insights and past experiences. 

You can also email the team at future-students@uow.edu.au 

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