Early Admission FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions

UOW has been offering our Early Admission program to students for over 20 years, and over the years we have noticed similar questions from students and parent.  The below list of questions and answers may grow during the lead up to applications opening. This will occur if we see new frequent questions. 

If you can't see the answer you're looking for here, please reach out to our staff and students through the chat function on this page, or submit an enquiry.

UOW Early Admission is a program that enables Year 12 students to receive an early offer for their chosen UOW degree before they sit their exams.

We will assess your application holistically based on a number of factors. These include your Year 11 subject performance, alignment to UOW's indicators of success and attendance at an on-campus session or online webinar, and maybe an interview, depending on the course you've applied for and the results you have achieved.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in the week commencing 11 October 2021. Before the NSW HSC exams commence. 

UOW has partnered with the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) to provide a user-friendly application portal, which will be available to access when applications open on Monday 19 July. Simply click the 'Apply now' button on the UOW Early Admission website during the application period of 19 July - 13 August 2021.

All Early Admission applications are submitted direct to UOW, so applying is easy and straightforward.

If you live in NSW and the ACT your personal details, including your Year 11 results, will pre-populate the application form based on your NESA student number – so it’s even easier to apply!

Once you start your application, we will email you to make sure you understand what you need to do and when. You will also be able to edit your application after you’ve submitted it.

Be sure to submit your application before 5pm on Friday 13 August 2021. You don't want to miss this deadline as there are no extensions granted or late applications accepted.

Please note: Do not use your school-allocated email address when you apply. When you leave high school, your school email address may be cancelled. We will need to contact you after you leave school and into 2022, so please use a different email address that you check regularly.

You are still eligible to apply for Early Admission!

Students who are completing year 12 in Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Tasmania can apply from Monday 2 August. After this date, you will be able to apply using your student number.

If you would like us to remind you when applications are open in your state, enter your details here and we'll be in touch. In the meantime, why not start drafting your application responses? Read our seven tips to complete your application to see what you need to prepare.

Students from NSW, ACT, Victoria and Western Australia can apply now.

You can select up to two courses in your application. Most UOW undergraduate degrees are available for Early Admission*. Double degrees are considered to be a single preference.

*The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation has a separate application process (open 19 July, closing 13 August), and we have recently renamed our Commerce degree. The Bachelor of Commerce is now called the Bachelor of Business.

Review your options

For help preparing and formatting your application, refer to our 7 tips to complete your application, and register for the Ace Your Application webinar being held at 6pm on Thursday July 29.

UOW has recently changed the names of its business degrees.

The Bachelor of Commerce is now called the Bachelor of Business. In this degree, you choose a specialisation from 13 different areas in your second year.

You will find these courses in the Early Admission portal under the following UAC codes for each UOW campus:

  • Bachelor of Business (Wollongong) - 751237
  • Bachelor of Business (Batemans Bay) - 751239
  • Bachelor of Business (Bega) - 751240
  • Bachelor of Business (Shoalhaven) - 751238
  • Bachelor of Business (Southern Sydney) - 751242
  • Bachelor of Business (Southern Highlands) - 751241
  • Bachelor of Business (South Western Sydney) - 751243

 There is also the Bachelor of Business Administration. The Bachelor of Business Administration is a flexible degree offering a broad education across all key aspects of the business environment. You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of business and organisations, and the skills to analyse business issues in local, national and international contexts. You will find these courses in the Early Admission application portal under the following UAC codes for each UOW campus:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Wollongong) - 751261
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Batemans Bay) - 751264
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Bega) - 751265
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Shoalhaven) - 751263
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Southern Sydney) - 751267
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Southern Highlands) -751266
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (South Western Sydney) - 751262

The UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation is not offered through Early Admission. You can apply for this course via its own online application, this means that if you are interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation you can apply for it and two more UOW courses via Early Admission.

Applications for the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation are open now at uow.uac.edu.au/westernciv and will close at 5pm on Friday 13 August (same as Early Admission).

If you are from NSW, ACT, Victoria or Western Australia, you should contact the Universities Admissions Centre with this type of enquiry. Their contact details are listed at uac.edu.au/about/contact

If you are completing year 12 in Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory, or Tasmania, you won't be able to apply for Early Admission until Monday 2 August. After this date, you will be able to apply using your student number.

If you would like us to remind you when applications are open in your state, enter your details here and we'll be in touch. 

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is your individual education number for life. It's allocated and administered by the Australian Government, not universities. 

In the Early Admission application, the USI field is optional. You can leave it blank if you don't have a USI yet.

You will need a USI. Without one, you won't be able to get Commonwealth financial assistance or your qualification or statement of attainment.

Setting up a USI will only take about 10 minutes. Head to usi.gov.au for more information.


In the first instance, head back to the portal, and click on either 'forgotten your password', or 'forgotten your username' follow the prompts at either of these pages and the system will send you detail on how to reset your username/password. The email won't be immediate, so be patient - remember to check your junk mail etc.

If you don't receive the email within an hour-or-so you may have entered your email address incorreclty when you initially appied, and you'll will need to contact the Universities Admissions Centre. 

Their contact details are listed at uac.edu.au/about/contact

Remember that Early Admission applications close at 5pm on Friday 13 August, so be sure to contact UAC in plenty of time.

If you are studying your Australian Year 12, either the NSW HSC or Interstate equivalent, or the International Baccalaureate at a school within Australia, you are deemed to meet the English proficiency requirements for most degrees at UOW.

The UOW Bachelor of Nursing has specific English Language entry requirements to comply with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)'s registrations standards . You can still submit your Early Admission application for the B.Nursing and if successful for Early Admission, UAC will be in contact with you asking that you provide this documentation prior to enrolling in your Nursing degree.

UOW takes a holistic view of each individual applicant and considers a range of factors including:

  • Year 11 subject performance
  • Whether an applicant has experienced disadvantage that has impacted performance in Year 11
  • The applicant's performance at interview or activity (or activities)

You will be also be asked to respond to the below four questions to demonstrate your readiness to study and succeed at UOW:

  • Academic Readiness: What are your study strategies when preparing for an important assessment task?
  • Motivation and Passion: What has influenced your decision to pursue your course or courses of interest?
  • Communication and Collaboration: Describe a time when you worked with others to achieve a goal.
  • Planning and Persistence: Tell us about a time when you set yourself a goal and worked really hard to achieve a good result?

Check out the below article for more information and tips.

Seven tips to complete your application

Yes. There are important dates to take note of.

In a nutshell, the most important dates are applications open on Monday 19 July and close on Friday 13 August. 

Late applications cannot be accepted and UOW cannot offer any deadline extension on applications.

We have a page displaying key dates for Early Admission and other HSC related dates.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with these dates.


If you apply for UOW Early Admission by the closing date of Friday 13 August, you will not need to apply again through UAC.

In 2021 UOW's Early Admission program is 'powered by UAC', so successful Early Admission applicants will receive an official UOW offer in the week commencing 11 October, before they sit their final exams.

There is no requirement to apply again through UAC to receive your UOW offer. 

Other than two courses*, UOW does not have pre-requisites for entry and, as such, there are no specific subject criteria for Early Admission for most of our degrees.

We take an all-inclusive view of Early Admission applicants and will conduct our assessments based on the merits of each individual's application and their performance at interview, or participation in engagement activities.

*The UOW Bachelor of Mathematics Education and the Bachelor of Data Science and Analytics require commencing students to have completed Mathematics Advanced or equivalent (not Mathematics Standard 2) or higher at Year 12 level.

In order to be eligible to receive a UOW Early Admission offer, applicants must attend a compulsory engagement session/s or an interview. These will be held in September, and specific dates will be communicated soon.

Whether you take part in an interview or an engagement session will depend on the course/s that you apply for, and the marks you received in year 11. Every student's application will be different, and so will their assessment.

If you currently live more than three hours from UOW you can be exempted from travelling to Wollongong - although you are very welcome to attend if you choose. If you choose not to travel we will meet with you over the phone or via our online sessions. You'll be able to elect a phone/online engagement session when you book your preferred time(s) with us.

We will publish more information on this site as we get closer to the application opening on Monday 19 July. We recommend that you register for email updates so that you can stay informed about important dates etc. You can also chat with our student and staff through the chat portal on this page.

We will be holding a number of Early Admission info sessions at UOW Open Day on Saturday 7 August 2021.