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Admissions timeline

When to apply, last dates for changing preferences, and more

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 July.

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

Information below applies to domestic students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens, unless indicated.

August
Join us on Open Day.
Most applications open for Semester 1 admission for the following year.
September
Thursday 20 September, 2018
September Round 1 offers release (for international UAC applicants)

Friday 28 September, 2018

  • Domestic undergraduate students need to submit their application to UAC. Late applications may be accepted (with an additional cost).
  • E12 applications close
Sunday 30 September, 2018
Registrations for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music audition close
October

Saturday 6 October, 2018

  • Portfolio Day for the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning and the Sydney College of Arts.
  • Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop
Thursday 18 October, 2018
HSC exams begin
Thursday 25 October, 2018 (7.30am)
October Round 2 offers release
Wednesday 31 October, 2018
Elite Athletes and Performers on-time applications close
November
Friday 9 November, 2018
HSC exams end
Thursday 15 November, 2018 (7.30am)
November Round 1 offers release
Thursday 29 November, 2018 (7.30am)
November Round 2 offers release
Friday 30 November, 2018
Future Leaders Scheme applications close
December
Thursday 6 December, 2018 (7.30am)
December Round 1 offers release
Friday 14 December, 2018
Year 12 students receive their ATAR
Saturday 15 December, 2018
Join us at Info Day to get answers to all your last minute questions.
Now is also the time to check out admission pathways (previously referred to as alternative entry) into university if your ATAR doesn’t quite reach the lowest rank to receive an offer.
Sunday 16 December, 2018
Finalise your UAC preferences
Thursday 20 December, 2018
Main round offers are made 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.
Friday 21 December 2018
December Round 1 offers release (for international UAC applicants)
January - February

Following the main round, UAC releases further offers throughout the January and February offer rounds. You may receive one if you submitted your application late, did not receive an offer in the main round or changed your preferences. Most of our courses have guaranteed ATARs which will not change throughout the preference and admissions period, so you can have the confidence to list your dream course as your first preference.

For domestic UAC applicants

  • January Round 1 offers release – Friday 11 January, 2019
  • January Round 2 offers release – Friday 25 January, 2019
  • February Round 1 offers release – Thursday 7 February, 2019

For international UAC applicants

  • January Round 1 offers release – Friday 4 January, 2019
  • January Round 2 offers release – Saturday 12 January, 2019
  • January Round 3 offers release – Thursday 17 January, 2019
  • February Round 1 offers release – Friday 1 February, 2019
Tuesday 1 January, 2019
Educational Access Scheme applications close for January Round 1 offers.
Tuesday 8 January, 2019
IB and New Zealand Year 12 results release
Friday 8 February, 2019
Closing date for all UAC applications
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.
Semester 1 begins
March
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 admission.
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 (postgraduate or non-UAC undergraduate), 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 Saturday 25 August 2018 for Open Day.
Most applications open for Semester 1 admission for the following year
December
Join us at Info Day to get answers to all your last minute questions.
January
The University's standard application closing date is 31 January for semester 1 and 30 June for semester 2. For domestic students, some courses are open till 11 February (semester 1) and 15 July (semester 2). There are also exceptions, such as the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine – for course-specific closing dates, 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.
Semester 1 begins
March
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 1

1 January to 29 February
Enrol between 30 November and 29 January
Commence by the census date: 31 January

Research period 2

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

Research period 3

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

Research period 4

1 October to 31 December
Enrol between 1 September and 28 October
Commence by the census date: 31 October

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.