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Certainty in uncertain times

A message to Year 12 students from the UOW Vice-Chancellor

2020 has so far been a year like no other. 

As we find ourselves amid these unprecedented times that have temporarily changed our daily lives, the University of Wollongong (UOW) understands the uncertainty Year 12 students are facing.

I want to assure you that UOW is prepared to assist you in transitioning to University, allowing you to gain some certainty in these uncertain times.

UOW's unique Early Admission program, offered for over 20 years, is an opportunity for you to be assessed as an individual and gain a place at University as early as September, before final exams have even begun.

Rather than focusing on your ATAR, we look at your academic performance, including Year 11 results, along with your unique skills and experience. From the information supplied in your application, we look for the indicators that we know, from years of experience, indicate the likelihood to succeed at University. These indicators include academic readiness, motivation and passion, planning and persistence, as well as communication and collaboration skills.

You may also be invited to attend an event (or events) or an interview so we can talk to you about your application. We are preparing to host these activities in a virtual environment, should the circumstances require it.

I encourage you to start considering your degree options.

If you are aspiring to University, I also strongly encourage you to remain committed to your final exams and assessments. You still need to complete Year 12 to take up your Early Admission offer.

The global community needs determined, dedicated and talented students like you to guide us through the challenges that lie ahead. Equipping yourself with a world-class education from UOW will ensure you are competitive in the job market and able to lead the way.

We look forward to receiving your application and hopefully welcoming you to our campus.

Professor Paul Wellings CBE