Special Consideration for Admission Scheme

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The Special Consideration for Admission Scheme is for applicants with a record of tertiary study who have experienced some form of disadvantage during their secondary and/or tertiary studies.

An applicant who is approved under this scheme may be admitted into their course of choice with results below, but close to, the normal entry standard for that course. This scheme will not allow applicants to gain admission with results that are well below the course entry standard.

This scheme is available for domestic applicants seeking admission into undergraduate courses that are offered through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

This scheme is also for applicants who have been excluded (refused re-enrolment) from a degree course and wish to provide a statement about the reasons for the exclusion.

How it works

The University ranks its applicants on the basis of their performance in certain types of academic qualifications.

An applicant whose claim for special consideration is accepted may have an upward adjustment made to his/her place in the ranking list for his/her courses of choice. The adjustment to this rank may or may not be sufficient to result in an offer of a place.

It is important to understand that even if your application for special consideration is approved, you will not be made an offer of admission if your results are significantly below the regular entry standard for your courses of choice.

The course you are applying for must be listed as a preference on your UAC application in time for the Main Round, and it must correspond with the course indicated in your Application for Special Consideration.

Application process

In addition to applying through UAC, you need to complete the online application form (available when application is open) and submit supporting documentation that proves your claims via email to the Admissions Office. Applications for Semester 1, 2016 open in August.

Further information

Admissions Office
Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006
T 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (in Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)
Alternatively, you can ask a question online.