How to apply

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Frequently Asked Questions


Here are the five simple steps you need to follow to apply for E12.

Step 1: Choose a course

Look through the 35 University of Sydney courses available through E12, and see if there’s one that would be perfect for you. Make sure you are taking the necessary HSC subjects (check the course requirements), and have a good chance of meeting the required E12 ATAR for that course.

Step 2: Meet eligibility criteria

Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria for entry under E12.

Step 3: Talk to your school principal

You can nominate yourself, or be nominated by your principal for E12. Either way, your principal will need to complete a supporting application – which they submit online after you have applied. That means it’s a good idea to talk to them now (and your careers adviser) about your intention to apply for the E12 scheme, and the university course you want to study.

Step 4: Submit your application online

Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to apply for and have spoken to your principal, visit the E12 website and apply online. Make sure you read our helpful hints and tips guide before submitting it online. Applications need to be submitted via the E12 application form and applications will close at COB on Friday 12 September 2014.


You will need your Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) number to complete the E12 form. That means you need to apply for university entry though UAC first (remember, you can change your UAC preferences any time up to the end of September).

Later in September you may be asked to attend an interview with the faculty that teaches your preferred course, and may need to bring a portfolio showing your work.

We will be in touch before your HSC exams start, to advise if you have been successful in obtaining an early conditional offer through E12.

If you are not attending one of the government-identified schools eligible for E12, then your offer will also be conditional on you being accepted for the UAC Equity Access Scheme. You need to apply for this separately. For details see the UAC website.

Step 5: Sit your exams

Get the best HSC or IB marks possible – all you need to do now is reach the E12 ATAR cut-off for your preferred course, and you’ll be on your way to the University of Sydney!

Do you have questions?

If you would like to talk to someone about E12 or about any stage of the application process, please call our Helpline on 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) or email via online enquiry.

You can also contact us via our E12 Hotline, open mid January, to assist with your enrolment enquiries.