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Admission pathways

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Learn more about our entry schemes and pathway options to your dream course.

Entry schemes

We want you to make the most of your ATAR, so we also recognise circumstances such as significant educational disadvantage, high school achievements and activities throughout entry schemes.

Gadigal Program

The Gadigal Program assists you with admission to university by allowing you to tell us more about your interests, motivation and goals, rather than just considering your academic results.


  • Lower minimum ATAR requirements.
  • Opportunity to apply for a Gadigal early conditional offer.
  • Participation in an intensive skills program before commencing at the University.
  • Access to ongoing academic and personal support throughout your degree.

Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Year 12, post-high school students and mature-age (over 21 at 1 March of the year you would commence study)
1 April 2021 8 August 2021*

*Early conditional offer round

Other key dates:

  • *End of year offer round. Offers will be released 23 December 2021.
  • Late applications will be considered during January and February UAC offer rounds.
  • The early conditional offer round opens 1 April 2021 and closed on 8 August 2021.

How do I apply?

  1. Follow these instructions to apply for an undergraduate course through UAC.
  2. When applying, ensure you self-identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  3. Search our courses, and put at least one University of Sydney course in your UAC preferences.
  4. If you satisfy the eligibility criteria, you will see the Gadigal Program alert on the UAC home page. Click ‘Apply’ or ‘Review your application’ to open the Gadigal application form within UAC.
  5. Complete the additional Gadigal Program application form.

Are you applying for a postgraduate course?

  1. Choose your course and apply directly to the University of Sydney for most postgraduate courses* by clicking the 'Apply' button on the course details page to start your application.
  2. Complete a postgraduate Gadigal application form.

If you are a domestic student applying for the Juris Doctor at the Sydney Law School, apply through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Contact the Indigenous Recruitment Team at if you have any questions about applying as a postgraduate student.

How do I pay the UAC application fee?

  • Non-Year 12 applicants can pay via Paypal or credit card through UAC.
  • Year 12 students who apply and are eligible, can have the UAC application fee paid by the University of Sydney on your behalf. Follow these steps:
    • At the payment stage select pay via BPay.
    • Select ‘submit and pay later’ to proceed to ‘confirmation of submission’.

Important information

  • You can save your application and come back to it via the link on the UAC home page.
  • You can only submit your application once, so ensure you are satisfied with your application.
  • Contact the Indigenous Recruitment Team at for support if necessary before submitting your final application.

Mathematics course prerequisites apply to students applying through the Gadigal Program. If you do not achieve a Band 4 in Mathematics Advanced, you may be admitted if you demonstrate the capacity to succeed in coursework at a university level, and successfully complete an approved mathematics prerequisite course in your first year of study or where required, in a subsequent attempt.

Your application will be assessed and, if eligible, you will be invited to sit an assessment. Your application will be based on your:

  • assessment result
  • educational background
  • work and life experiences
  • motivation and goals and interest in the course(s) selected.

Future Leaders Scheme

This scheme is for nominated school captains and Dux students at high schools in Australia, who apply through UAC. It offers these students admission to eligible courses with a lower ATAR requirement than the published guaranteed ATAR, in recognition of leadership and academic achievements.

Eligibility Open date Close date
  • High school student in Australia
  • Apply through UAC
  • School captain (excludes vice/deputy) nominated by your school in Year 12 by the close date
  • Dux students who receive the highest ATAR/IB in their cohort will be automatically nominated
  • Place an eligible course as your highest UAC preference in the December Round 2 of offers
  • Meet all admission criteria for your selected course
1 August 2021 Mid-November 2021

Further information on how to apply will be available in the lead up to the open date.

Broadway Scheme

The Broadway Scheme the University of Sydney's Education Access Scheme (EAS) for domestic high school students who have experienced significant educational disadvantage during Year 11 and/or 12. 

You may be eligible for up to ten adjustment factors depending on your course. The number of adjustment factors awarded depends on course demand, availability of courses and the severity of your educational disadvantage.

Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Domestic high school students
  • Experienced significant educational disadvantage
1 April 2021 See UAC EAS key dates
How to apply?
  • Submit an EAS application with your UAC application.
  • Submit the required supporting documents demonstrating how your performance has been impacted for a period of at least six months during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent, due to circumstances beyond your control or choosing.

Note: Medicine double degrees are not eligible through this scheme.

Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme

If you are an athlete or performer and your rehearsal, training and/or competitive commitments have significantly impacted your Year 12 studies, this scheme allows you to receive adjustment factors to increase your selection rank when applying to the University.

Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Meet the criteria for an elite athlete or performer
  • Your Year 12 studies or equivalent were adversely impacted by time spend competing or performing
August 2021 31 October 2021
Selection criteria
  • You will be considered an elite athlete if during your HSC year or equivalent, you were an outstanding Australian state and/or representative in a sport recognised by Sport Australia AND your selection to participate significantly and adversely impacted your HSC preparation or equivalent.
  • You will be considered an elite performer if you performed in extended or significant productions that significantly and adversely impacted your HSC preparation or equivalent.
  • Your eligbility will also be assessed on the following:
    • Time away from studies devoted to competition/performances during your HSC (or equivalent) which have significantly affected your studies.
    • The nature of the competition/performance i.e. representation at state, national, or international level during HSC (or equivalent) or during other relevant studies.
    • Membership of an institute or academy of sport or member of any performing arts associations/institutes.
    • The number of students competing for entry into and the number of places available under the degree program.
    • Applicants rank and position in major competitions and performances.

Note: Your selection into the scheme may be affected by the number of students that apply to the degree, their rank and position in major competitions and performances, and the number of places made available in the degree.

How to apply?
  • An application form will become available when the scheme opens.
  • Your application will require you to submit the following evidence to support your entry.
    • A personal statement detailing the impact of your commitments on your academic performance during your HSC year or equivalent.
    • The average number of hours per week you spend training, rehearsing or practising and the number of school days missed during Year 12 due to sport or performance commitments.
    • An official record of your school attendance during your HSC year (or equivalent), detailing absence due to elite sport or performance.
    • A letter of reference/support from your school (sports coordinator, year advisor, principal).
    • A letter of reference/support from your coach, team official, or state or national organisation.

Note: If you are eligible for the scheme, it does not mean you will automatically receive adjustment factors.

Elite Athlete Program

The Elite Athlete Program run by Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness can provide support throughout your degree if your commitments continue. For more information on 2021 entry, download the Elite Athlete Program Information Booklet (pdf, 1.1MB).

Note: the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme and the Elite Athletes Program are not related and require separate applications.

The Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme is available to domestic NSW students who have experienced financial disruption in Year 11 and/or 12 or have attended a regional or remote school and have demonstrated the potential to succeed at the University.

Architecture, design and planning

The Portfolio Admission Pathway is a way for you to gain entry into some architecture, design and planning degrees if you are expecting to receive an ATAR of up to five points lower than the cut-off.

Music and visual arts

Under the Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme (CASAS), domestic students undertaking a recognised high school (Year 12) qualification and applying via UAC, may be eligible for an early offer of admission prior to the release of ATARs, or equivalent.

Eligible applicants will be assessed based on a combination of academic performance in Year 11 and 12, and audition or portfolio requirements.

Learn more about CASAS for music or visual arts.

Other pathways

You can also consider coming to the University of Sydney after commencing tertiary study or after a break from study.

Special Consideration for Admission Scheme

This scheme is for students who have a record of tertiary study but whose studies were impacted by circumstances beyond their control.

Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Domestic student
  • Started tertiary study
  • Experienced disruption during your secondary of tertiary studies
  • ATAR (or IB) close to required ATAR of your preferred course
20 September 2021 20 December 2021
How to apply?
  • Applications closed on 20 December 2021.

Our graduate entry courses provide an option to gain a professional qualification in competitive areas such as dentistry, medicine, law, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine, after completing an undergraduate degree.

For example, if you do not receive the ATAR (or IB) for admission to physiotherapy, you can study a Bachelor of Science (Health) and then apply for admission to the Master of Physiotherapy if you achieve the required grades.

Browse our postgraduate courses for specific course details.

Mature-age Entry Scheme

Each year the University provides undergraduate places for domestic mature-age entrants.

Eligibility Open date Close date
  • 21 years or older (at 1 March of the year you would commence study)
  • Do not have high school results to gain entry
  • Have not completed a full year at a tertiary institution
1 April 2021 January 2022

How to apply?

University preparation courses are vital for entry if you’re a mature-age student. By completing the appropriate course and achieving the required results for admission, you will be eligible to apply for mature‑age entry, provided you do not already hold qualifications that entitle you to be considered for standard admission.

Mathematics course prerequisites apply to students applying for admission through this scheme.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mature-age students should refer to the Gadigal Program.

If you don’t get into the course you want in your first year you may be eligible to reapply after you complete one year of full-time study in a bachelor’s degree at the University of Sydney or another tertiary institution.

If you don't get the required ATAR

Check if you are eligible for any of our Guaranteed Entry courses using your selection rank.

If you achieve a Band 5 or 6 (or equivalent) in high-level English or mathematics, you can have an adjustment of up to five points added to your ATAR or equivalent IB score through the Academic Excellence Scheme.

Or, you can explore these alternative options:

Follow your interests in a different way. Our shared pool of majors gives you the flexibility to study your desired major in a different course.

Browse all undergraduate majors

Complete the first year of a related course with a lower ATAR then apply to transfer into your preferred course, with your first-year results taken into account.

For some of our courses, you can apply for a graduate entry into postgraduate coursework, such as a master's degree, after you have completed your undergraduate degree.

Browse our postgraduate courses for specific course details.


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