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Career Advisers and Teachers Day
Presentation slides

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Career Advisers and Teachers Day. The presentation slides are now available to download. We look forward to seeing you next year. 

Mathematics prerequisites

In response to the nation-wide shortage of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) The University has introduced mathematics prerequisites for some degrees from 2019. These changes will prepare our graduates for the jobs of the future.

Students need to achieve a Band 4 in the HSC Mathematics (not Mathematics General) or similar result in equivalent interstate year 12, IB, GCE A Level subjects or other Year 12 qualifications, to be eligible for admission to a range of courses, including economics, commerce, computing, engineering and IT, medicine, psychology, pharmacy, veterinary science and science.

There are options for students who did not meet the mathematics requirements, including the completion of the Mathematics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and exam, or the option to apply for another course and then transfer into their perferred course in their second year (after successful completion of a accepted 1000 level mathematics unit).

Visit the mathematics prerequisites page for more information.

Upcoming events

We run a number of events throughout the year that might be of interest to career advisers, teachers and prospective students:

Term 2 2019

Year 10 Information Evening

Join us on campus for a fun and informative evening where we will answer the important questions: How does scaling work? What should you consider when selecting your subjects for Year 11 and 12? What are prerequisites and assumed knowledge? What is university really like? You will hear from a range of speakers including University staff and students.

James Ruse Agricultural High School
Thursday 23 May 2019, 6-8pm

Register now

Meet Sydney

We offer a new level of flexibility in our undergraduate degrees to prepare your students for a future full of possibilities. Join us at our upcoming information evening in your city and discover the Sydney Undergraduate Experience for yourself. You’ll have the opportunity to speak directly to staff and current students about our courses, application processes, scholarships, accommodation options and what life on campus is really like in Sydney. 

Wednesday 5 June 2019, 4.30-8pm
SO/ Auckland

4.30-5.45pm: Undergraduate Scholarships Workshop
6-8pm: Meet Sydney Information Evening

Register now
Download our poster for your noticeboard (pdf, 3.6MB)

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 3.45-7pm (AWST)
Mantra on Murray

3.45-4.45pm (AWST): Undergraduate Scholarships Workshop
5-7pm (AWST): Meet Sydney Information Evening

Register now
Download our poster for your noticeboard (pdf, 3.6MB)

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 4.30-7.30pm
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens

4.30-5.30pm: Undergraduate Scholarships Workshop
6-7.30pm: Meet Sydney Information Evening 

- Register now
Download our poster for your noticeboard (pdf, 3.6MB)

Scholarships Information Evening - Year 12 students

Year 12 students are invited to join us on campus to learn about the range of scholarships available at the University of Sydney. Current students and professional staff will be answering all of the important questions:

  • What scholarships are available?
  • How do I apply?
  • What opportunities are available to scholarship holders?

Tuesday 30 July 2019, 6-7.30pm
Eastern Avenue Auditorium,
The University of Sydnney

- Register now.

Find a comprehensive list of events here.

Faculty initiatives

Languages at Sydney: Go Global 2019
Friday, 1 March 2019

Want to truly become a global citizen? We’ve got your passport! An initiative by the University of Sydney’s School of Languages and Cultures, activities on the day include two language-specific immersion sessions and an introduction to languages at the SLC. Languages at Sydney: Go Global is catered to students continuing with a language as well as students who want to learn a new language at university. All students and teachers need to submit an individual registration.

BioEngineering Innovation Outreach Challenge

Work with leading researchers at the Australian Research Council – Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering and the University of Sydney to develop an innovative for an existing medical problem. Teams of four students from Year 10-12 are eligible to apply. The ideal team will present a novel design to a self-assigned BioEngineering problem. Learn more here.

Applications close Monday 1 April.

Year 10 Work Experience at Sydney (Chemical Engineering)

Meet and team up with academics and PhD students to take part in experiments such as Ice Cream Making, Spray Dying and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. For more information, visit our website.

Applications close Monday 1 April.

Zero Robotics Championship Tournament 2018/2019

Watch our Australian high school finalists compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station, as an astronaut conducts the competition in microgravity. The astronauts will be setting up NASA research robots to be controlled by code written by the high school teams. Before the live stream begins, you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive displays and activities, and hear from some eminent space industry speakers. For more information, visit our website.

Register for the tournament here.

Virtual visits (Mathematics)

Have a mathematics researcher take over your classroom for a one‑hour Virtual visit! Your students will be introduced to mathematics in careers, a current field of research and hands-on puzzles designed by the visitor. Ask anything from HSC subjects to university life!

A free and a great way to energise your Year 9+ classes into considering future mathematics subjects and career paths.

To book, email Dr Stephen Morgan at

School tours and workshop at the Con

Come and explore all the Conservatorium has to offer. We run free one-hour guided tours of our historic buildings and modern facilities for high school groups. Learn about our historic campus and the amazing students and staff who have performed and studied here. Enjoy a lunchtime concert or experience one of our fun and engaging music workshops - or both!

Book a tour online or contact us on 02 9351 1439 or via email at

Masterclasses and composition portfolio development

We offer a number of masterclasses at the Conservatorium throughout the year for aspiring classical, jazz and contemporary performers, composers and musicologists – and they are free and suitable for high school students to attend. Student can gain knowledge, skills and inspiration from some of the world’s leading talent. We partner with Musica Viva and Sydney Symphony Orchestra to bring the best musicians to the Conservatorium. We will soon be offering composition portfolio workshops at the Conservatorium and with partner organisation around NSW.

Key application dates

Ensure your students never miss a deadline by referring to our application timeline

Common questions

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:

  • agriculture
  • commerce
  • economics
  • engineering and IT
  • health
  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • psychology
  • science
  • veterinary science.

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:

  • Early Offer Year 12 (E12)
  • Future Leaders Scheme
  • Broadway Scheme
  • Cadigal Program
  • Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme
  • Special Consideration for Admission Scheme

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:

  • University residences
  • Residential colleges
  • Independently-run student housing

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.

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