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University ends uncertainty with fixed ATAR

21 August 2017

The University of Sydney has introduced a new fixed ATAR system so students can have complete transparency and immediate certainty when choosing courses. This will apply to most undergraduate degree programs offered by the University.

The fixed ATAR is the minimum ATAR needed to guarantee entry into a chosen course.

If a student achieves this required ATAR and places Sydney as their first preference they will be made an offer through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

The required ATAR thresholds will not change throughout the preference and admissions period for 2018 entry, which includes the December, January and February UAC rounds

“We are continuing our long tradition of entry on merit but this is a major change in how we engage with our students. As far as we are aware we are the only university in NSW offering this approach,” Professor Tyrone Carlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar), said.  

“More than eighty percent of our commencing undergraduate students qualify for entry to the University of Sydney on the basis of their ATAR alone. A key concern for these potential students, and their parents, is always the ATAR that will allow them to pursue their preferred course.

“Now the ATAR the university requires will be known upfront and will not change between rounds – providing simplicity and clarity with respect to entry requirements for courses. This means that students can have great confidence about the likelihood of receiving an offer for their preferred course.”

A list of required ATARS that guarantee entry into a student's preferred course appears on a dedicated website.

The University will continue to offer alternative admissions pathways to many students, including those who have experienced social and educational disadvantage. The ATAR is one part of the consideration for entry for those students, and selection for these candidates remains merit based.