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Admission pathways

Find your pathway to university
Learn more about our entry schemes and pathway options to your dream course.
Impact on 2021 HSC
Read our frequently asked questions related to the recent announcement of the changes to the High School Certificate (HSC).

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.

The Academic Excellence Scheme recognises high performance in English and mathematics by applying adjustment factors to boost your selection rank.

Broadway Scheme

The Broadway Scheme is 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: The double degree medicine and dentistry programs and the Bachelor of Oral Health are not eligible through this scheme

Architecture, design and planning

The portfolio admissions 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.

The Gadigal Program is our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student pathway. This program gives you an early conditional offer to study at the University of Sydney, a lower minimum ATAR requirement and a range of support services.

Applications for 2022 entry have now closed.

Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme

If you are an athlete or performer and your rehearsal, training 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 spent competing or performing
August 2021 5pm AEST 29 October 2021
Elite athlete

You will be considered an elite athlete if, during your HSC year or equivalent, you were an outstanding Australian and/or state representative in a sport recognised by Sport Australia and your selection to participate significantly and adversely impacted your HSC preparation or equivalent.

Elite performer

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.

Additional assessment

Your eligibility will also be assessed on:

  • 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?
  • Choose your course from the eligible course list (pdf, 60.8KB).
  • 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.

Applications for 2022 entry have now closed.

The Future Leaders Scheme allows school captains and dux students to gain entry to eligible courses with a lower ATAR requirement.

Applications for 2022 entry have now closed.

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.

Alternate 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 or tertiary studies
  • ATAR (or IB) that is close to the required ATAR of your preferred course
20 September 2021 20 December 2021
How to apply?

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.

The Mature-age Entry Scheme is an entry pathway for students over the age of 21 who haven't completed any tertiary study or who did not receive an ATAR, or if it was below 70.

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.


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