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.
Thank you for your interest in our E12 scheme. Applications for the 2018 Semester 1 intake are now closed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application prior to the commencement of written HSC examinations.
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 75 courses you can apply for through E12. You’ll also receive a $5950 scholarship.
Contact us for more details.
Principals can nominate their Dux students and school captains until 11.59pm on 13 December, 2017.
This scheme offers Dux students and student captains of schools in NSW and the ACT a guaranteed place at the University of Sydney based on academic achievement and a principal's nomination from their school.
All schools in NSW and the ACT are eligible for the scheme.
To get an offer via the Future Leaders Scheme, you need to:
For school captains and dux students (announced by your school before the start of final exams), who are nominated before 30 September, you will receive notice of what courses you're likely to be eligible for under the Future Leaders Scheme based on a predicted ATAR provided by your school before you sit your HSC exams.
Otherwise, for nominations received after 29 September, you will receive notice of what courses you will be eligible for under the Future Leaders 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 Future Leaders Scheme, you apply online directly to the University. Details on how to apply will be sent to all NSW schools shortly after applications open.
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 achieved across the cohort, via nomination on behalf of the school, by the University of Sydney.
Schools should not nominate students for the Future Leaders Scheme until status as Dux/School Captain 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 Future Leaders Scheme application portal. If you do not have a login, please contact 1800 SYD UNI (793 864) for assistance.
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 least 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.
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 it allows for entry into most courses with an ATAR that is up to five points below the published cutoff.
Excluded courses are all combined medicine courses.
Applications for the Broadway Scheme are made through UAC's Education Access Scheme (EAS). Application forms and further details are available on the UAC website. EAS applications are administered and assessed directly by UAC.
You are automatically considered for 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. Applications are now open.
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 the Mana Yura Student Support Team 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 2018 entry are now open. To apply for entry through the Cadigal program, you will need to apply through our online application system. Please note that students who are deemed eligible for an offer through the Cadigal Alternative Entry Program must also list the relevant course at the University of Sydney as an UAC appropriate preference.
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:
You are not eligible to apply for mature-age entry if you:
Applications for the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme for 2018 intake are now closed.
Applicants will be informed of their eligibility on or around the 15 December 2017.
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.
For more information, contact the Admissions Office, or download the scheme assessment criteria (PDF 106KB).
You may also be interested in applying to joining the elite athlete program run by Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness.
Applications for our 2018 intake are now closed. Thank you for your interest in our Special Consideration for Admission Scheme.
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, admission to postgraduate or honours courses, or if you are an international applicant. HSC/IB students who have experienced or are experiencing some form of disadvantage should refer to our Broadway Scheme.
Special admission for the Juris Doctor program (domestic students only)
If you you have a poor ATAR or equivalent, need to explain a poor secondary record, or believe your tertiary studies have been significantly affected by misadventure, illness or other compelling circumstances, you may be eligible for special consideration admission into the Juris Doctor (JD) program.
Note this is not an application for admission. You will need to apply separately through UAC before submitting your special consideration admission form.
You are eligible to apply if:
a) You are a domestic applicant applying for the Juris Doctor in semester 1, 2018, and
b) Are currently studying at university or have already graduated.
Thank you for your interest in Special Admission for our JD program. Applications for our 2018 intake are now closed.
The University of Sydney is committed to supporting students who are care leavers (leaving state-organised foster care), asylum seekers or have recently become homeless.
Please contact the alternative pathways team on email@example.com or 8627 0123 to discuss pathways or support available to you.
You can also enter into the stream via alternative pathways schemes on the basis of achieving the minimum ATAR equivalent listed accordingly for each scheme below:
For applicants whose first language is not English, English language requirements must be met through sufficient qualifications taught in English or accepted English language tests. For more information visit the University's English language requirements.
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.
For Year 10-12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Our Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program is the best way to try out university life over the summer holidays.