UOW Admissions information

About the University of Wollongong

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. You'll have the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. Belonging to a university with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality will ensure you have a competitive edge in the global job market.

UOW Admission Criteria
UOW has a range of admissions options available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. We are here to support your choices and open doors, so you can graduate ready for your future career.

If you're currently completing Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate, you apply to UOW through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Interstate applicants must also apply via UAC. If you're not a current year 12 student, or you have completed a UOW College course, TAFE or other tertiary studies, you can apply directly to UOW.

Admission criteria and detailed course information for UOW and UOW College courses are available on UOW's Course Finder.

UOW has a range of admission pathways which are outlined below. For specific advice or questions regarding an application or a course, please contact the Future Students Team.

For the rules around application for entry to the University and UOW College see the UOW Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

I am a high school student

Australian Year 12

ATAR based admissions

You can use your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (e.g. ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB) and QLD's Overall Position (OP)) to apply for UOW study. For more information on how your ATAR results are used and equivalent ATARs are generated, see Your ATAR and entry options. Please note that some courses have criteria for admission that are additional to your ATAR.

Adjustment factors
Year 12 students can have adjustment factors (previously called bonus points) added to their ATAR to calculate a Selection Rank (SR). Your SR can be used to receive guaranteed entry to the majority of UOW degrees. IB students are eligible to receive adjustment factors if their IB subjects match equivalent HSC subjects.

More detailed information on adjustment factors is available here.

Non-ATAR admission options

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take a holistic approach to understanding an applicant’s potential for academic success. UOW looks for the following qualities and attributes, which indicate potential for success in higher education, when assessing applicants holistically:

  • Academic Readiness
  • Motivation & Passion
  • Planning & Persistence
  • Communication & Collaboration

A comprehensive assessment of these key qualities and attributes is undertaken and the outcome is used to support fair, accurate and consistent admissions decision-making across UOW. Not all qualities and attributes may be of equal value. For example, poor academic results will unlikely lead to an offer being recommended, whereas the same may not be true for the other attributes. Following assessment, assessors recommend whether to make an offer for the courses to which the applicant has applied; or make an offer to alternative degree; or no offer may be recommended.

Please apply via the Universities Admissions Centre.

Overseas qualifications

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident who has completed your high school education overseas, and it is comparable to an Australian Year 12 qualification, you may be able to use your results to gain admission to UOW. UOW converts all results to a Selection Rank, so to be considered for admission, each applicant needs to reach the current minimum Selection Rank required for the course they are applying for.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the UOW Future Students Team who can advise if your qualification is equivalent to a Year 12 qualification in Australia and can be considered for admission.

I am not a high school student

I have an ATAR

You can use your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (e.g. ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD's Overall Position (OP)) to apply for UOW study. However, if you also have a tertiary qualification (e.g. Certificate IV, Diploma or Bachelor degree) you may be assessed for admission to a course based on this qualification instead of your ATAR.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your options.

I have studied at TAFE or a Private College
  • I have a Certificate IV (excluding trade certificates)
  • I have a Diploma
  • I have an Advanced Diploma

Qualifications that are accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE and the UOW College, can be used as a basis for entry to UOW. The above qualifications may result in entry to some degrees. A Certificate IV can be used for entry into several of our courses. Admission is dependent on the completion of the course and the level of academic performance achieved.

In some circumstances, you may receive credit for prior learning for one of these qualifications. This means that you gain credit towards your University degree resulting in less units of study undertaken to complete your degree. You can apply for credit for prior learning in your application to UOW.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

I have studied part of a degree or I'm looking to transfer

If you have previous university studies (complete or incomplete) from an approved university or other tertiary institution, you may be eligible for entry in to a UOW course. You will need to provide a record of your achievement. For most courses your bachelor degree needs to have been at least one-sixth completed.

In some circumstances you may be eligible for credit for prior learning. This means that you gain credit towards your UOW degree resulting in less units of study needed to complete your degree. So that UOW can assess your eligibility for this, you'll need to provide a syllabus or subject description of previous study along with your application. All documents must be accompanied by an official English translation if they were produced in another language.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

I have completed a UOW College preparation program

UOW College provides a range of university preparation programs for students who do not meet the other entry requirements for a UOW Bachelor degree. Students are taught the skills and knowledge needed to successfully commence and complete a UOW Bachelor degree. Visit the UOW College for course information.

If you have completed a UOW College university preparation program such as the University Access Program (UAP), University Entrance Certificate (UEC) or Special Tertiary Entrance Program (STEP) you can use these qualifications as a basis for seeking admission into most UOW undergraduate courses, subject to meeting minimum UOW entry requirements. The exceptions include four-year professional degrees and double degree programs.

Please contact the Future Students Team if you have completed a UOW College preparation program, and would like more information.

I have completed a degree

If you have already completed an undergraduate (Bachelor) or postgraduate (eg Masters) degree, you can use the results you obtained from that qualification to apply for a different degree.

In some circumstances you may be eligible for credit for prior learning. This means that you gain credit towards your UOW degree resulting in less units of study needed to complete your degree. So that UOW can assess your eligibility for this, you'll need to provide a syllabus or subject description of previous study along with your application. All documents must be accompanied by an official English translation if they were produced in another language.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the Future Students Team for more information.

I have more than 5 years of professional work experience

Work experience is an important aspect of your learning journey, and will be considered in combination with your academic merit when we assess your application. Work experience alone, without a secondary or tertiary qualification, is not used as a basis for admission to UOW undergraduate degrees.

However, there are other pathways to UOW that may work for you. UOW College offers a range of university preparation programs such as the University Access Program (UAP), University Entrance Certificate (UEC) or Special Tertiary Entrance Program (STEP). Completion of these programs can be used as a basis for seeking admission into most UOW undergraduate courses, subject to meeting minimum UOW entry requirements. The exceptions include four-year professional degrees and double degree programs.

If you are interested in completing a university preparation program, contact UOW College. If you have completed a university preparation program, or other qualification that may be used as a basis for admission, along with a combination of work experience, apply directly to UOW or contact the Future Students Team for more information.

I have an overseas qualification

If you completed your high school education overseas and it is comparable to an Australian Year 12 qualification you may be able to use your results towards admission to UOW. However, if you have another qualification (e.g. Certificate IV, Diploma or Bachelor degree) you may be assessed on this instead of your Year 12 qualification.

All high school education results are converted to a Selection Rank, so to be considered for admission, each applicant needs to reach the current minimum Selection Rank required for the course they are applying for.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the UOW Future Students Team who can advise if your qualification is equivalent to a Year 12 qualification in Australia and can be considered for admission.

I have none of these

There are many options for students who do not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), have not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. UOW recognises many pathway programs. So no matter what your age, or previous experience, there is an option for you.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
If you are at least 21 years of age by 1 March in the year you are seeking enrolment, and do not otherwise qualify for entry to the University, you may apply for admission on the basis of STAT Multiple Choice. STAT may be used to gain admission to many courses, except for Engineering, Law, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology (Honours) degrees. For further details on STAT, visit stat.acer.org.

TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate
The TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) is an alternative to undertaking a HSC course. Entry to University is dependent on the level of academic performance achieved in the TPC. For more information, contact your local TAFE.

Limited Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
If you are completing Year 12 studies through a TAFE college, senior college or secondary school, you can use a Limited ATAR to gain entry to UOW's undergraduate courses. A Limited ATAR is calculated from the best five units of courses completed, rather than the 10 used for the standard ATAR.

To be eligible for a Limited ATAR, you need to be at least 20 years of age on 1 March prior to the year you will start your UOW studies and take between five to nine units of ATAR courses. Your Limited ATAR is calculated using your best five units, including at least one unit of English and the best four other units of Category A courses.

Please apply directly to UOW or contact the Future Students Team for more information and to discuss your circumstances.

I identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

The University of Wollongong's commitment and encouragement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage and participate in tertiary education is actively cultivated through our Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC). WIC is responsible for ensuring UOW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student access and support, and promoting education to high school students via the nationally recognised Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.

WIC runs an Alternative Admissions Program (AAP) which is an alternative pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples seeking entry into UOW's undergraduate programs. If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and are over the age of 17, you are encouraged to apply to this program. If you haven't completed secondary school, aren't receiving an ATAR, or haven't obtained the required ATAR score for your preferred course, you are welcome to apply for AAP.

Once students have started their studies, WIC continues their support to you as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student to enable you to meet your education goals through programs such as the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme and offering a physical environment where you are able to access support services, technology as well as a place to study.

English is not my first language

All UOW courses are taught in English, relying on different levels of proficiency. If English is not your first language, you may need to satisfy the University's English language requirements. English requirements do vary between courses at UOW, these are available alongside each course description in UOW's Course Finder. Results in major international tests are accepted, including IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons, Cambridge and OET for some health-related courses.

You can also meet the requirement by completing an English course at UOW College.

How to apply

Through a Tertiary Admissions Centre

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen currently completing Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate, you apply to UOW through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Your application for a UOW undergraduate degree will be processed by UAC. Visit the 'Apply' section of the UAC website to nominate up to five degrees you'd like to study, in order of your preference. Be sure to check UAC's application guidelines and timelines.

Prerequisites
At UOW, our courses don't have prerequisites - but for some courses we assume that you have completed certain subjects in high school. To see if your preferred degree has any Assumed Knowledge, check the course information on Course Finder.

Direct application to UOW

Mature age/non-school leaver applicants (ie you are not currently completing Year 12) can apply directly to UOW for the majority of degrees (applications for Pre-Medicine, Nursing and Educations degrees (except Early Years) must be made through UAC).

Direct applications to UOW are free and can be made at Applying to UOW as a mature-age student.

Early Admission

UOW recognises that it's your personal qualities and skills that define who you are. With the UOW Early Admission program we get to know you, look at the results you've achieved so far, interview you, and can reward your hard work with a place at UOW before you sit your final high school exams (or equivalent).

In addition to your application and interview, you must be completing the HSC or interstate equivalent, or the IB at an Australian High School in Australia, be under 21 years of age, and eligible to receive an ATAR or IB Diploma to be considered for a UOW Early Admission offer.

Full application criteria, and information on the application process is available on the Early Admission page.

Enrolment

Congratulations on your offer to study at UOW. You can now accept your offer and enrol to study online by following these easy steps:

  1. Accept your offer
    To take your place at UOW you will need to accept your offer. If you're not sure how to accept, check your offer for directions or visit accept your offer.
  2. Prepare for enrolment
    It is essential you plan ahead for your enrolment. When you enrol, you will need to choose your first year subjects. Our subject guides and course handbook will help you select the subjects for the first year of your course.
  3. Enrol online
    You'll receive an email from UOW with your student number within a week or so of receiving your offer. Once you have this, you can start your enrolment online.
  4. Attend Orientation
    Meet people you'll be studying with, explore the campus, and find out what to expect from your faculty. You will also need to collect your student ID card during the Orientation Festival. You'll need to show photo ID, such as your passport or driver licence when you come to pick it up.

    Visit the Get Started website for detailed information on how to enrol in your classes, and everything you need to know about orientation.

Fees and charges
If you are a domestic undergraduate student holding Australian or New Zealand citizenship or holding an Australian permanent visa living in Australia, you are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place, which means that the Australian Government subsidises your tuition fees by up to 75%.

Many of your university payments will need to be made upfront. If you are not deferring your fees to a HELP loan, you will need to pay your course fees upfront, using one of these methods. Other administrative charges, including late charges also need to be paid upfront.

For more detail on fees and charges please see UOW's Domestic undergraduate fees page.

Credit for prior learning

Your previous study, work experience and training may count as credit towards your degree. This can reduce both the length and cost of your course. We recommend you apply for credit at the time you apply for admission to UOW, by submitting a syllabus or subject descriptions of previous study with your application.

Bridging courses

Need to brush up on your skills before you start your UOW degree? We've got you covered with bridging courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Deferral

You can defer your offer to study at UOW by up to one year. You will have to complete a UOW deferral request after you've received your offer from UOW, an easy online process. Once you submit your deferral request, we'll send you a new offer and information on how to enrol.

Student profile

The table below provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study in 2017, including students admitted throughout the year and international students studying in Australia.

UOW Student Profile Number of students Percentage of all students
A. Higher education study
Students admitted on the basis of earlier higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course). 2,321 34%
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study
Students admitted on the basis of earlier vocational education and training (VET) study Certificate 4 or above. 347 5%
C. Work and life experience
Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education. 381 6%
D. Recent secondary education
Students admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (including adjustment factors) 701 10%
Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results) 99 2%
These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission). 2,120 31%
Total domestic students 5,969 88%
Total International students in Australia 848 12%
All students 6,817 100%

Note: Based on profile statement above UOW is reporting student commencers at UOW's campuses in Australia in bachelor degrees as reported through HEIMS Reporting 2017 (International and Domestic) as the most recent complete year of commencements (2018).

Further information

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
TEQSA is Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector. Their national register lets you search for accredited higher education providers and courses.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
The federal government's QILT website helps you easily compare the study experience and employment outcomes from Australian higher education institutions. You can also compare the different study areas of different institutions, with all results based on thousands of surveys completed by students across Australia.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
The Universities Admissions Centre processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses at participating institutions (mainly located in NSW and the ACT), including UOW.

Admissions appeal and grievance processes
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your application, for example not receiving the offer you expected, you can contact UOW's Future Students Team to get an understanding of the outcome. If you are not satisfied with the rationale for why you were unsuccessful in your application you have the right of appeal against the decision. See UOW's Admission Procedures for more information.

Last reviewed: 13 September, 2018