ATARs and Entry Schemes

ATARs explained

  • ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) - The ATAR is a measure of academic achievement in the HSC that helps universities to rank applicants for selection to tertiary education courses. It is a score between 0 and 99.95.
  • Cut-off - The cut-off is a minimum rank for entry into a particular University of Newcastle degree. This is the rank of the last person admitted to the degree. The cut-offs listed on the website are an indication only and change each year according to the number of places available and demand.
  • Median (ATAR) - The median is the middle ATAR of the all the people made an offer to the degree when arranging the ATARs in order from the highest to the lowest value. The medians are an indication only and change each year.
  • A+C - Combination of ATAR and additional selection criteria used.
  • N/A - Selection criteria other than the ATAR used; or the course was not offered in the previous year.


Entry schemes

There are a range of entry schemes and bonus points that may be available to help you get into the degree you want. See below to find out more.

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Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

We provide early offers to motivated and talented year 12 students who have the ability to succeed at uni but for some reason may fall short of the marks for entry. Selection is based on a range of criteria including a minimum ATAR. The scheme is available for a range of UON degrees. More information, including selection criteria, is available in the UAC SRS booklet.
To apply visit the UAC SRS page.

Subject Performance scheme

At UON you are more than just an ATAR. We know your high marks in HSC subjects are also indicators that you are going to thrive at university. Under this scheme, we match your performance in HSC subjects with related UON degrees. For example, if you do really well in HSC Mathematics but don’t do as well in your other subjects, you still may receive an offer into a range of degrees that have a strong focus on maths such as Engineering, Commerce etc. You don’t need to apply and we will match your UAC application and HSC results to determine whether you are eligible.

Find out more about the Subject Performance Scheme.

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Year 12 bonus points scheme

Our HSC Bonus Scheme rewards high achieving Year 12 students. Depending on the degree you choose, you may be awarded up to four bonus points for your HSC results in particular subjects. For example, if you achieve a Band 5 in Mathematics and are applying for an engineering degree, you will be awarded two bonus points as maths is an important component of this degree.
Find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting bonus points (PDF, 250KB).

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant, you can get help to gain entry into our degrees. All you need to do is indicate that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent in your application. You will then be invited to attend an interview at one of our campuses.
Find out more by contacting the The Wollotuka Institute on (02) 4921 6863.

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Educational Access Scheme

With our Educational Access Scheme (EAS) you can get up to four additional bonus points if you have experienced educational or other disadvantage. To apply for the EAS, you must complete the application form contained in the EAS booklet produced by UAC or download the form from UAC. EAS applications for offers in December Round 2 close on 30 November, 2017. Applications for offers in January Round 1 close on 3 January, 2018.
EAS does not apply to the Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program.
For more information phone our Enquiry Centre on 1300 ASK UON.

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Elite Athlete Program

As a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program we support elite athletes to get into university with early offers. Once you start at UON, we also provide a range of support services to help balance the demands of study with your sporting career.
To find out more and apply see the NUsport website.