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)

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 and application instructions are available on the UAC SRS Page.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program

At UON you are more than just a Selection Rank (SR). We know your results in your final year subjects are also indicators that you are going to thrive at university.  Under this early offer program we match your performance in your Year 12 subjects with related UON degrees.

Find out more about the Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program.

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Year 12 adjustment points (previously called bonus points) scheme

Our HSC adjustment scheme rewards high achieving Year 12 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 and are applying for an engineering degree, you will be awarded two adjustment points  as maths is an important component of this degree.

Find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting adjustment points (PDF, 160 KB).

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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 adjustment points (previously called 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. 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.