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New admissions terminology
Effective 1 June 2018
A number of common terms and their definitions have been affected by recent Australia Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) transparency updates.
For updated terminology and their definitions, download our glossary.
We run a number of events throughout the year that might be of interest to career advisers, teachers and prospective students:
15 December 2018
Find a comprehensive list of events here.
Ensure your students never miss a deadline by referring to our application timeline.
We have introduced guaranteed ATARs for most of our courses, to simplify the application process and make it more transparent. You can view and download a full list of the domestic ATAR/IB scores needed to guarantee a place in a particular course.
Additional admission criteria (previously referred to as "entry requirements") may also apply, including:
Visit our course admission criteria page for a full list of requirements.
Achieving a certain ATAR isn't the only way to get into a preferred course at the University of Sydney. Students may also be eligible to apply through an admission pathway.
The University is introducing mathematics course prerequisites for some courses from 2019 to help students thrive in their science, technology, engineering and mathematics related degrees and prepare them to tackle future career challenges.
Students will need to achieve a Band 4 in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not General Mathematics) or equivalent.
Areas of study that will have mathematics prerequisite for admission include:
The prerequisite will also apply to combined courses in these areas.
Learn more about our mathematics prerequisite and discover what specific courses it applies to.
Achieving a certain ATAR isn't the only way to get into a preferred course at the University of Sydney. We also offer admission pathways (previously referred to as "alternative entry") that consider additional factors alongside academic results. These might include their educational background, financial situation and motivation for choosing a particular course.
Our admission pathways include:
If a student doesn't qualify for any of the pathways above, they can apply for a related course with a slightly lower ATAR and apply to transfer into their preferred course using their first-year university results (successful completion of 48 credit points).
Another option is graduate entry. Students could apply for a general undergraduate degree and combine it with a separate postgraduate qualification in their specific field of interest.
Learn more about these admission pathways.
The University of Sydney offers a wide variety of scholarships including:
There are also scholarships, bursaries and prizes available for current students.
A comprehensive list of all scholarships, including the application process and full terms and conditions, can be found on the scholarships website.
With more than 100 study areas to choose from, the shared pool of majors and minors allows students to combine their interests and develop expertise in a second field of study, building cross-disciplinary knowledge from areas outside their primary degree.
For instance, they will be able to enjoy studying science without having to give up their interest in history; or combine their major in marketing with the study of digital cultures.
The shared pool of majors and minors is available in any of the following degrees:
The full list of majors and minors available in the shared pool can be found on our undergraduate courses website.
*For the Bachelor of Psychology only minors are available from the shared pool.
Students have the opportunity to take short-term, semester and year-long exchanges with our 300 partner universities in 42 countries. They can also study at overseas field schools, take intensive in-country Open Learning Environment units and undertake global professional placements.
By 2020 we aim to have 50 percent of our students undertake an international experience as part of their studies.
Learn more about the global opportunities available to students.
There are a number of accommodation options for students to choose from, including:
Explore our accommodation options and find out how to apply.
Students can also contact the University's Accommodation Services to discuss their options:
Phone: +61 2 9351 3322
|Year 12 students start preparing their Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme application.|
|Most course applications open for Semester 1 admission for the following year.|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students start applying for scholarships.|
|Students start applying for E12.|
|Future Leaders Scheme applications open.|
|Broadway Scheme (EAS) applications open.|
|Domestic undergraduate students to submit their UAC application. Late applications may be accepted (with an additional cost).
|E12 applications close.|
|Domestic and international students to apply for the Sydney Scholars Award.|
|Students to apply for Sydney Scholars Awards on grounds of hardship.|
|Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme applications close 31 October 2018.|
|Future Leaders Scheme applications close 30 November 2018.|
|Broadway Scheme applications close 30 November 2018.|
|UAC preferences to be finalised.|
Please note, not all scholarships and admission pathways have been listed above as application deadlines vary. Dates are subject to change. For the latest information and full terms and conditions, refer to the respective website.