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When to apply, last dates for changing preferences, and more
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Check here for important dates such as when applications open and close and offers are made, and when classes start.

Admission dates depend on:

  • your specific course
  • the level of your program (undergraduate, postgraduate or research)
  • your method of application (through UAC or direct to the University)
  • your citizenship (domestic or international applicant).

Below is a basic outline of our admissions calendar, but for specific advice it's best to contact us directly.

Our teaching year has two semesters, beginning in March and June.

Application dates for courses usually open and close at similar times, but there are many variations.

If you're applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), the best place to check dates is UAC's website. See Key dates for offer rounds, or dates for specific courses:

Key admission dates

August
Join us on 29 August for Open Day.
Most applications open for Semester 1 entry for the following year
September
Domestic undergraduate students need to submit their application to UAC no later than 30 September. Late applications may be accepted (with an additional cost).
December
Year 12 students receive their ATAR in mid-December.
January
Info Day is usually held in the first week of January.
Your preferences should be finalised no later than the first week of January.
Now is also the time to check out alternative entry pathways into university if your ATAR doesn’t quite reach the course cut off.
Main round offers are made in the second half of January via the UAC website. You need to accept this offer within one week or it will be rescinded and offered to another applicant in later rounds.
February
Following the main round, UAC releases further offers in four waves throughout February. You may receive one if you submitted your application late, or did not receive an offer in the main round.
Orientation takes place the week before semester – it's a great way to get to know your faculty, teaching staff and fellow students before classes begin.
March
Semester 1 begins
Once classes start, you have two weeks to try out different subjects (depending on the flexibility within your degree), as long as you finalise your enrolment no later than the Friday of Week 2.
If you change your mind about a unit of study, you can still withdraw without academic or financial penalty up until the HECS census date. This usually falls on the last day of March.
June
Applications close for the Semester 2 intake. Visit Find a course to see which degrees are open for mid-year entry.
July
Semester 2 begins.
Faculties host orientation events in the week before the start of lectures.
August
You can try out different units of study before finalising your enrolment at the end of week 2 of August.
You can withdraw from a unit of study without academic or financial penalty up until the HECS census date. This usually falls on the last day of August.

If you are applying for a postgraduate coursework program, or you're an international applicant (undergraduate or postgraduate), you can apply directly to us through Find a course.

Direct applications are assessed by our Admissions Office and the relevant faculty. The outcome of your application will be emailed to you within a few weeks (timeframes vary between faculties). You will receive notice of the outcome of your application any time up to the first week of Semester 1 or 2.

Some courses have different closing dates, so check the exact details at Find a course.

Key admission dates

August
Join us on 29 August for Open Day.
Most applications open for Semester 1 entry for the following year
January
Info Day is usually held in the first week of January.
Most applications for the Semester 1 intake close at the end of January. There are some exceptions, such as the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine – check the details at Find a course.
February
Orientation takes place the week before semester – it's a great way to get to know your faculty, teaching staff and fellow students before classes begin.
March
Semester 1 begins
Once classes start, you have two weeks to try out different subjects (depending on the flexibility within your degree), as long as you finalise your enrolment no later than the Friday of Week 2.
If you change your mind about a unit of study, you can still withdraw without academic or financial penalty up until the HECS census date. This usually falls on the last day of March.
June
The majority of our postgraduate coursework programs have a Semester 2 intake. Apply before the end of June.
July
Semester 2 begins.
Faculties host orientation events in the week before the start of lectures.
August
You can try out different units of study before finalising your enrolment at the end of week 2 of August.
You can withdraw from a unit of study without academic or financial penalty up until the HECS census date. This usually falls on the last day of August.

We accept applications for higher degree by research (HDR) all year round.

There are four research periods each year when you can start your study with us.

Research period 3, 2015

1 July to 30 September
Enrol between 1 April and 31 August
Commence by the census date: 31 August

Research period 4, 2015

1 October to 31 December
Enrol between 1 September and 31 October
Commence by the census date: 31 October

Research period 1, 2016

1 January to 28 February
Enrol between 1 December 2015 and 31 January 2016
Commence by the census date: 31 January 2016

Research period 2, 2016

1 March to 30 June
Enrol between 1 February and 31 March
Commence by the census date: 31 March

Please note: not all faculties offer all research periods. Some only commence new students in periods 2 and 3. Visit Find a course to find the starting date for your course.

Contact us

Phone
1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444
Address

Student Centre, Level 3 (temporarily relocated to Level 2, above the SciTech Library)
Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus

Opening hours:
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday