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E12 students

E12 Applications are now closed

Thank you for your interest in our E12 scheme. Applications for the 2018 E12 intake are now closed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application prior to the commencement of written HSC examinations.

We know an ATAR score may not always reflect your ability to do well at university or your interest or skills in a particular area. E12 is your chance to show us what makes you unique.

The E12 application form is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and what motivates you. To get started, think about these points:

  • We want to understand your passion for the course you’re applying for. Tell us why this subject inspires you.
  • We want to hear about your commitment and enthusiasm to study at the University of Sydney.
  • Tell us about any of your extracurricular activities during or after school that show you can lead a project or group, set goals, find solutions, and think creatively.
  • Make sure you download our application guide hints and tips before you start.

For more hints and tips and information on the application process, visit our how to apply page.

How does E12 work?

  • After you’ve checked that you meet the eligibility criteria, talk to your principal about whether they are prepared to recommend you for E12.
  • You can then apply by filling out the E12 application form online. A selection panel will review your application and you may be asked to attend an interview for some courses.
  • If your application is successful, you will receive an early conditional offer. As long as you meet the E12 ATAR cut-offs in your HSC exams and have completed any relevant subjects, you will receive a formal offer through UAC for the course you have chosen in the main UAC round in December.
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If I'm successful, can I defer my E12 place?

If you are successful in securing an E12 unconditional offer, it is possible to retain the E12 scholarship and place if you decide to defer for one year. You will need to defer your place formally through the appropriate process, and deferral can be for a maximum of one year.

What will I be asked in the application?

In the E12 application form you will be asked to provide some personal information (name, BOSTES number), some contact details and you will be asked to answer the following three questions:

1. Other than your regular schoolwork, consider activities you have been involved in, or achievements you have made, which are meaningful to you. These could be sports, cultural, community or school leadership activities. Select the one which best reflects you and describe why you undertook this activity, what you learned from it, and how it may be relevant to your future.

2. What are your three best academic achievements? Of these, select your proudest achievement and describe why it is important to you, describing the challenges you faced and how you overcame them.

3. Tell us why you want to study the course you have chosen, (include any experience you may have had that relates to this course). What is your interest in this area and what do you hope to achieve from studying this course?

Additionally, you will be asked to provide:

1. Your most recent school report; and

2. A resume.

Your application will then be assessed on all these elements, as well as the supporting application by your principal.

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A message to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

E12 is an entry pathway to study at the University of Sydney and fulfil your educational aspirations and goals. Another option is our Cadigal Alternative Entry Program.

If you are interested in E12, talk to your Aboriginal Education or Liaison Officer and school principal about applying.

We believe that your community involvement and activities outside of school tell us just as much about you as your exam results, so please share this in your E12 application.

Communicating with your school

During the E12 application process, we will ask you to give your consent to allow us to contact your school principal or other relevant staff.

This is because we may need to speak to them to discuss or confirm details in your application. We also need to let them know if your application has been successful.

Please note that if you do not give this consent, we will not be able to process your application.

E12 is funded by the University of Sydney and donations to the University of Sydney including by Bank of China and the USA Foundation.