We offer a number of alternative pathways for domestic undergraduate applicants who wish to have additional factors taken into account alongside their academic results.
Most of our domestic students are accepted on the basis of their ATAR alone, but that's not the only way in.
You may be eligible for one of our alternative entry schemes, depending on your educational background, financial situation, and your motivation for choosing a particular course.
We offer a range of schemes that are open to both school leavers and mature-age students.
The E12 scheme applies to domestic NSW students currently undertaking the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate (IB) who are from a financially disadvantaged background and/or are attending a government-identified 'low socioeconomic' high school.
If your application is successful, we’ll hold a place for you as long as you reach the E12 ATAR cut-off (which is lower than the standard ATAR), and the HSC subject requirements for your preferred course.
There are 39 courses you can apply for through E12. You’ll also receive a $5000 scholarship and an iPad.
Contact us for more details.
This scheme offers school Dux in NSW a guaranteed place at the University of Sydney based on academic achievement and a principal's nomination from their school.
All schools in NSW are eligible for the scheme.
To get an offer via the Dux Scheme, you need to:
If your school's Dux is announced before the start of final exams (HSC or IB), and you are nominated before 30 September, you will recieve notice of what courses you're likely to be eligible for under the Dux Scheme based on a predicted ATAR provided by your school before you sit your HSC exams.
Otherwise, for nominations recieved after 30 September, you will receive notice of what courses you will be eligible for under the Dux scheme based on your actual ATAR after ATAR release for ATAR recipients and after IB release for IB recipients.
To nominate a student for the Dux Scheme, you apply online directly to the University. Details on how to apply will be sent to all NSW schools closer to the date of applications opening.
Even if your school has not had a Dux before, your school can still participate in the scheme by nominating a Dux for this year.
The official school Dux is traditionally the student who has the highest academic achievement of the Year 12 cohort. It is up to the discretion of your school whether this is decided based on results obtained up until the commencement of final HSC exams, or based on ATAR/IB scores across the cohort.
Schools should not nominate a student for the Dux Scheme until their status as Dux has been finalised, as it is not possible to change the nomination after it has been submitted.
For answers to FAQs about the scheme, please login to the Dux Scheme application portal via your unique login link which will be sent to you between 5 and 7 August 2015.
If you're nominated, we will let you know after ATAR/IB release what courses you can choose from, based on your ATAR/IB results. You will need to have applied through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), and select at lease one of the University of Sydney courses that you are eligible for as your first eligible preference.
You may also need to meet additional entry requirements if you're applying for a course that requires a portfolio, audition, personal statement, PQA/MMI or interview.
It means you may still receive an offer for a course if you achieve an ATAR within five points of the minimum required.
Flexible entry is available for about 70 of our undergraduate courses. In most cases it's applied automatically if you're eligible.
For a few other courses, such as Media and Communications, Architecture or Engineering, a separate application is required. We're interested in hearing about your motivation for choosing the degree, as well as any extra work experience you may have, and your performance in particular subjects in Years 11 and 12.
Find out if flexible entry is available for your preferred course, or contact us for more details.
The Broadway scheme targets domestic students who have experienced long-term disadvantage that has affected educational performance in Year 11 and/or Year 12 including from disrupted schooling, financial hardship, home or school environment, English language difficulty, personal illness or disability, or refugee status.
There are 600 places allocated every year and, much like flexible entry, it allows for entry into most courses with an ATAR that is five points below the published cutoff.
Excluded courses are the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced), Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and all combined medicine courses.
You get automatic entry into the scheme if you went to a high school that falls under the:
Contact us for more details.
As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you can apply through the Cadigal Alternative Entry program regardless of whether you are a Year 12 or non-Year-12 student.
The Cadigal program is both an entry pathway and a support program. It can help you gain entry to a course if you miss the ATAR cutoff, and also provide ongoing academic and personal support once you’re enrolled and studying. This is offered through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.
Successful applicants will be offered one of two pathways:
If you’re offered a place through Cadigal or Pemulwuy, you’ll need to attend an Orientation and Academic Skills Workshop in February before the start of semester.
To learn more, contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 02 8627 8619.
If the course you’re interested in is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, refer to Yooroang Garang – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Centre at the Cumberland Campus.
Cadigal applications for 2016 close 30 November 2015.
To apply for entry through the Cadigal program, you will need to submit an application form (PDF 640KB) to our Student Support Services team once you have registered with UAC and applied for your course.
If you're a Health Sciences student, send the form to the Yooroang Garang Indigenous Support Unit team.
You also need to provide supporting documents, including proof of Aboriginality. This can be:
For more details read the University’s Confirmation of Aboriginality Policy 2015.
If you’re at least 21 years of age and meet certain other criteria, you may be able to get into uni through the mature-age entry scheme. If eligible, you will need to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
You are eligible to apply if you:
Our Centre for Continuing Education offers a University Preparation Program.
You are not eligible to apply for mature-age entry if you:
This is for applicants who can demonstrate they are elite athletes or performers, and have had training, competitive and/or practice commitments that significantly affected their academic results.
It may allow you to gain admission to a course with an ATAR of up to five points below the usual cutoff.
Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme applications have closed for the 2016 intake. All successful applicants will be considered for the Main Round Offers, which are released on 20 January 2016.
To apply, you need to send a form and supporting documents to our Admissions Office, as well as submit your university application to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
For more information, contact the Admissions Office, or download the scheme assessment criteria (PDF 28KB).
You may also be interested in joining the elite athlete program run by Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness.
If you already have a record of tertiary study and have experienced some form of disadvantage during your secondary and/or tertiary studies, this entry scheme could be for you.
It allows you to explain how your academic results were negatively affected by circumstances beyond your control. This can be taken into account in determining your ranking for entry to a course.
Please note that this scheme does not apply to current HSC/IB students. HSC/IB students who have experienced or are experiencing some form of disadvantage should refer to our Broadway Scheme.
Special Consideration Scheme applications have closed for the 2016 intake. All successful applicants will be considered for the Main Round Offers, which are released on 20 January 2016.
If eligible, you may qualify for admission with an ATAR within five points of the normal minimum required for entry to that course.
Find out more by contacting the relevant faculty.
If you don’t qualify for any of the schemes above, you can apply for a related course with a slightly lower ATAR cutoff and transfer into your preferred course with your first-year university results taken into account.
Another option is graduate entry. You could apply for a general undergraduate degree and combine it with a postgraduate qualification in your specific field of interest.
For advice, talk to a course coordinator or careers adviser.