University information for HSC students

Tertiary entrance information for school leavers seeking admission into a NSW or ACT university in 2023.

Your ATAR score is one way of gaining entry to universities in ACT and NSW, but it's not the only way.

Some institutions offer early entry schemes, alternative entry pathways for qualified applicants with different experiences and study, like VET or TAFE courses, or who are First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island) students.

Even those who qualify as elite athletes or performers may find concession entry at some universities due to sport or performing commitments impacting their studies.

With the challenges posed by the pandemic, it might be worth seeing what options are offered by tertiary instutions.

University information

Browse on the links below to find more information for 2023 admission to NSW and ACT universities:

UAC information

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses.

Find out more about UAC's early offer schemes for Year 12 students

Australian National University

We recognise that HSC students in their final year of school have experienced a very tough year, and we want to give 2020 graduates the comfort of certainty in these times.

At The Australian National University we believe that anyone with the will and talent should have the opportunity to study at Australia's #1 university, and this is why we have improved the way we will admit undergraduate students for courses commencing in 2021.

Learn more about our sector-leading admissions process - which considers a student's all-round character, including community engagement and leadership, alongside Year 11 and ATAR results.

Visit the ANU website for more information.

University of Technology Sydney

UTS recognises the considerable disruption and additional pressure COVID-19 has placed on HSC students, and we appreciate concerns that the pandemic might negatively impact a school leaver’s ability to secure a place in the degree of their choice at their preferred university.  

Year 12 students can apply to UTS via one of our admission schemes, including the educational access schemes (inpUTS) and Schools Recommendation Scheme. Both of these schemes are aimed at helping disadvantaged Year 12 students gain entry to UTS by taking into account their specific personal circumstances and Year 11 results along with your ATAR when considering your application. Visit our website for more information - we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

At Macquarie University we recognise the challenges that COVID-19 has created for students this year. Through our range of tailored entry criteria, we ensure that even in this exceptional year you can enter university with the appropriate support for success both in your studies and beyond to your career. 

The standard UAC preference and offer process is just one of the ways you can get into Macquarie. While your ATAR rank can be a useful indicator of your chances for success in a specific course, it’s equally true that there are other indicators we can use to assess your suitability for a course. That’s why we have 11 different admission pathways to Macquarie.

Visit the Macquarie University website for more information.


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