The University of Newcastle, Australia

Selection Ranks and Entry Schemes

Selection Rank (SR) explained

  • If you are completing or have recently completed your HSC or equivalent, you may be eligible to receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which can be used as a basis to gain entry into university. The ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 that ranks how you performed in the HSC compared to other students.
  • A Selection Rank (SR) is a combination of ATAR and adjustment points (previously called bonus points). As a HSC student, you may be eligible for a maximum 12 adjustment points added to your ATAR.
  • Median (Selection Rank) - The median is the middle Selection Rank of the all the people made an offer to the degree when arranging the Selection Ranks in order from the highest to the lowest value. The medians are an indication only and change each year.
  • A+C - Combination of Selection Rank and additional selection criteria used.
  • N/A - Selection criteria other than the Selection Rank 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)

In 2021, our Schools Recommendations Scheme offers early entry and guaranteed accommodation and scholarship opportunities for eligible students.

You can apply for early entry based on your Year 11 results and recommendations  from your school through the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS). The SRS is available for all undergraduate degrees, excluding B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine and B Midwifery.

To be considered under the SRS you need to submit an SRS application via UAC, along with your standard UAC admission application prior to September 20. To give yourself the best chance of an early offer, list the University of Newcastle as your first preference by midnight on November 08, 2020.

This scheme is only available to 2020 Senior Secondary (e.g. HSC) applicants.

More information, including selection criteria, application instructions, and key dates are available on the UAC SRS Page.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program

Your ATAR is important, but it isn’t all that matters. This program rewards students who have excelled in one or more HSC subjects related to your degree with an early offer. For your best chance of getting in, just make sure you list the University of Newcastle as your first preference in UAC, no additional application required. Find out more about the Year 12 Subject Spotlight Program.

This scheme is available to Recent School Leaver applicants.

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Year 12 Adjustment Scheme

Our Year 12 Adjustment Scheme   rewards high achieving students. Depending on the degree you choose, you may be awarded up to four adjustment points for your HSC results in particular subjects. For example, if you achieve a Band 5 in Mathematics Advanced and you are applying for an E ngineering degree, you will be awarded two adjustment points as maths is an important component of this degree.

There is no separate application for this scheme.

Find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting adjustment points (PDF, 216 KB).

Recent school leaver applicants can be considered under this scheme.

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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 Wollotuka Institute on (02) 4921 6863

Recent school leaver applicants can be considered under this scheme.

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Educational Access Scheme

Through the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) you may get up to four additional adjustment points if you have experienced educational or other disadvantage. To apply for EAS, you must first submit your UAC application, and then complete an online EAS application.

To be considered in the main December admission round, you must submit your EAS application by November 20, 2020 to receive your eligibility letter prior to December Round 2 offers.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, two new disadvantage categories have been introduced for 2020. Applicants will be able to claim financial hardship if a parent or guardian has received Job Keeper or Job Seeker payments for at least three months (from March 2020).

For more information contact us at ASKUON or by phone on 1300 ASK UON.

Recent and non-recent school leaver applicants can be considered under this scheme.

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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. Up to four   adjustment points may be added to your Selection Rank for verified elite athletes. Once you start at the University, we also provide a range of support services to help balance the demands of study with your sporting career.

To find out more or to apply see the NUsport website.

Recent school leaver applicants can be considered under this scheme.