What is the Universities Admissions Centre?

Understanding the role of the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) is important when your child is deciding on potential future study and career pathways after Year 12.

What does UAC do?

UAC provides services related to university admissions, including the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for all HSC students.

What is an ATAR?

The ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 ranking student performance relative to others. Australian universities use it to help them allocate places in undergraduate university courses.

UAC produces the ATAR from HSC exam and school-based assessment results. Learn how your child's ATAR is calculated.

On behalf of participating institutions (mostly in NSW and the ACT) UAC also processes applications for:

ATAR results

UAC does not provide the ATAR to schools directly but to individual students via its website or app.

To receive their ATAR, students need to log in using their student number and PIN, provided via the email address they registered with NESA.

Applying for university through UAC

Instead of applying to individual institutions separately, students can apply for up to five courses via UAC’s website or app.

Instructions for applicants, including how to check placement offers are available on the UAC website.

Key dates

It’s a good idea for students to begin thinking about future career or study options when they choose HSC subjects in Year 10. This will probably be their first encounter with UAC.

The UAC Subject Compass is designed to help students make choices based on their interests, skills and aspirations.

The following are some of the key dates as university approaches:

● March-April: Year 12 students receive their unique PIN and may begin applying for courses through the UAC website or app

● December: ATAR results become available and adjustments can be made to course preferences

● December-January: university placement offers begin through UAC.

Find out the latest key dates on the UAC website.


  • Life after HSC


  • Further study

Business Unit:

  • Communication and Engagement
Return to top of page Back to top