Other entry options

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Early Admission

What is it?

UOW Early Admission is our early offer program that recognises your personal qualities and skills define who you are. With UOW Early Admission, we get to know you, look at the results you’ve achieved so far and can reward your hard work with a place at UOW before you even sit your HSC exams.

Note: It is the expectation of UOW that you will maintain or exceed the level of academic performance indicated in your application and receive an ATAR or the IB Diploma.

Who is it for?

You are eligible to apply for UOW Early Admission if you’re:

  • A Year 12 student completing the HSC (or interstate equivalent or the International Baccalaureate (IB) and you’re eligible for an ATAR or the IB Diploma. Please note: Tertiary Preparation Certificate students are not eligible to apply.
  • Studying on-shore at an Australian high school
  • Under 21 years of age
  • An International student studying the HSC (or interstate equivalent) or IB at an on-shore Australian high school. You must be at least 18 years old at the commencement of your UOW degree. 
What are the steps to apply?
  1. Find a course and apply
    Start by searching UOW’s Course Finder for a degree you want to study. As you’re searching, you can find the indicative criteria for each degree, including the subjects and results we think you’ll need in order to perform well in that course. Once you have made a decision, prepare to apply. For more information and to check the application open and closing dates, visit the UOW Early Admission website.

    Find out more about Early Admission

  2. Assessment
    Your application will be assessed by faculty staff.
  3. Interview
    Shortlisted applicants will move through to the interview stage. The interview is a chance for UOW faculty staff to meet you, discuss your application and determine if UOW Early Admission is right for you.
  4. Outcome
    Outcomes for UOW Early Admission will be sent to all applicants by email to the address you provide in your application.
Where can I get assistance?

Be sure to keep checking our Early Admission website, which will be updated throughout the year with relevant information regarding this process. Information will include application details, key dates, documents you will need, how to book your interview and outcomes.
Any further questions can be directed to our Future Students Team by calling 1300 367 869 or emailing futurestudents@uow.edu.au 

Non-ATAR Entry Options

UOW offers alternative and supplementary programs for students who wish to pursue study at university. This may include students who:

  • Didn’t quite get the high school results they hoped for
  • Might be eligible for alternative entry programs
  • May need additional study to prepare them for their university degree.  


What is it?

The Special Tertiary Entrance Program – STEP to UOW is a university preparation program for students who have experienced a disadvantage during their secondary school education. This is a fee-free, one year program facilitated by UOW College. Students who successfully complete STEP are guaranteed entry to a UOW Bachelor degree. You will find information on STEP admission requirements and application process in the above link.

Who is it for?

To be considered for entry into STEP to UOW, you need to be able to demonstrate that your school studies have suffered hardship because of circumstances beyond your control. The criteria for STEP to UOW include one or more of the following:

  • Financial hardship
  • Disrupted schooling
  • Home and environment responsibilities
  • English language difficulty
  • Personal illness/disability
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students may also apply.
What are the steps to apply?

You can apply by printing out the STEP to UOW Program application form, and returning it to:

Student Central, Building 17
University of Wollongong

Download STEP application 

Where can I get assistance?

Find more information on STEP admission requirements and the application process in Course Finder or fill out an enquiry form.

Access UOW

A vast array of experiences and circumstances can impact on your high school studies. Our AccessUOW scheme gives you the opportunity to have your individual circumstances and your achievement in HSC subjects that relate to your chosen degree recognised as part of your application.

Once you have applied for your UOW degree through UAC, you’ll automatically be assessed for AccessUOW. A range of personal factors will be taken into account including your geographical location, the school you attended, whether you identify as having a disability and whether you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. If you fit the criteria for AccessUOW, we will look at your final Year 12 subject results and be in touch to conduct an interview to get to know you and assess your application.

For assistance, contact the Equity Access team at access-uow@uow.edu.au or on (02) 4221 4002.

Appeals Process

If you believe that you have met the requirements for admissions and would like a review of the outcome of your AccessUOW application you can lodge a formal appeal. You can find more information in section 15 of the UOW Admissions Procedures.

Portfolio admission

Portfolio admission is a chance to have your individual circumstances considered, including work-based experience, community achievements outside of school or study, and personal problems affecting your previous education.

You can gain admission to UOW on the basis of an interview and completed portfolio that meets the Australian Qualifications Framework, including portfolios from a Big Picture Education Australia school. This portfolio should demonstrate evidence of qualifications and academic achievements, and can act as an entry pathway to one of our undergraduate degrees.

What are the steps to apply?

If you are applying through this pathway, you are required to submit a direct application to the University of Wollongong. When applying, you will:

  • List ‘Big Picture Education Student’ as your educational qualification
  • Submit your completed portfolio (Please note that if it is not currently completed, students can email their portfolio to in2uni@uow.edu.au at a later date)
  • Upload a copy of a certified proof of citizenship
Where can I get assistance?

Any further questions can be directed to our Future Students Team by calling 1300 367 869 or emailing futurestudents@uow.edu.au

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre Admissions

The Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at UOW offers an Alternative Admissions Program (AAP) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This program assesses your suitability for study at UOW based on a series of tests and interviews. The AAP is available to all students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who have not completed secondary school, did not receive an ATAR (or equivalent) or did not achieve the ATAR for direct entry to UOW. All applicants must be at least 17 years old.

What are the steps to apply?

Print and fill out the application below, and email to wic-enquiries@uow.edu.au or return to:

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
Building 30, University of Wollongong,
Northfields Avenue, Wollongong NSW 2522.

Apply for the Alternative Admissions Program 

Where can I get assistance?

Ask your questions directly to Woolyungah on (02) 4221 3776 or wic-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Pathways to UOW and Bridging Courses


If your ATAR isn’t what you hoped, or it doesn’t meet the requirements of the UOW degree you’d like to study, UOW College offers alternative pathways.

Most UOW College programs guarantee entry to the first year of a UOW Bachelor degree program upon successful completion. Some programs also provide up to one year of credit for prior learning, meaning you could enter UOW as a second-year student.
From degree-related Certificates and Diplomas, to university preparation programs, explore the range of UOW College courses that can prepare you for UOW.

UOW College offers pathway programs at our Wollongong, South Western Sydney, Batemans Bay and Shoalhaven campuses.

What are the steps to apply?

Once you have found the UOW College course you’d like to study, you can apply online.

Apply for a UOW College Program 

Where can I get assistance?

If you would like to talk to us about your pathway to UOW, get in touch in one of the following ways:

Phone: 1300 367 869 (within Australia)
Phone: +61 2 4221 3218 (international)
Email: futurestudents@uow.edu.au



Bridging courses allow you to brush up on your skills in a particular study area. There are a range of bridging course subjects available at UOW.

See our bridging courses website for information on what you can study and how to apply. 

Last reviewed: 10 December, 2018