How to apply: VTAC

If you’re a Year 12 student from Victoria, you’ll usually lodge an application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Your application will then be assessed based on your year 12 results when they’re released.

If you’re not a Year 12 student, you may still apply through the VTAC, however, you may be selected for your course based on your TAFE or prior university results. If you haven’t studied before, you may need to complete the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through VTAC or UAC or apply through Work Recognition or entry schemes.

If you have questions, please get in touch with our Future Students team. We’re here to help.

Step 1: choose your course

Find out which courses you can apply for with your ATAR.

Step 2: check your course entry requirements

Once you’ve found the course you want to study, check the ‘entry requirements’ section of the course page.

Specific course requirements

Some courses have other requirements like prerequisites or portfolio presentations. These can also be found in the 'entry requirements' section of your chosen course.

It's also worth noting a course's ATAR (minimum selection rank) from the previous year and its subject bonus criteria. If your ATAR is just below the minimum selection rank, selection officers will consider additional information including:

  • results from certain Year 12 subjects
  • personal circumstances you may have experienced in your final year of studies.

Step 3: consider your entry pathways

If you haven't received the right ATAR to be accepted into your course, include a 'pathway' option on your VTAC preferences to improve your chances of being admitted into your preferred course in the near future.

Example: you may want to get into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, which last year had an ATAR of 80.05. You estimate your ATAR result will be around 75, so you place the Bachelor of Science with an ATAR of 60 as your second preference. This way, if you miss out on the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you can accept an offer to the Bachelor of Science, get good marks in your first year and transfer into the second year of biomedical sciences.

Find a course by ATAR to plan your pathways into your top course.

There are pathways and entry schemes, even if you didn't finish Year 12 or get the marks you wanted. You could get special consideration to reduce the ATAR you need, do a short program to prepare for university, get another qualification that will take time off your degree or several other options.

Step 4: apply through VTAC

Once you've decided on your courses, you can apply through VTAC.

Step 5: get your ATAR and consider your preferences

If you’re a year 12 student, you’ll receive your ATAR in December. At this point, you may choose to change your preferences.

If you’re not a year 12 student, you can change your preferences at any time before the deadline.

The ‘minimum selection rank’ for previous years are only a guide, as they often change from year to year. Even if you think you might miss out on a place based on your ATAR, the entry score for this year could be lower. Make sure to use all 12 of your preferences to cover all avenues to your preferred course.

Step 6: accept and enrol

Once you receive your offer, it's important to accept and enrol to secure your place at university. You also have the option of checking whether you can defer your course.

Tips for completing your application

  • The VTAC system allows you to apply for courses at multiple universities within one application.
  • Create a list of ‘preferences’ for the course/s you want to apply for. In case you don’t get the ATAR you want, it’s a good idea to preference your ideal course first, followed by a list of pathway courses­.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to revise your preferences in December when you receive your ATAR.
  • You can apply for scholarships and complete course-specific extra requirements  within the VTAC system.
  • VTAC will also assess whether you’re eligible for special consideration.
  • For detailed information on the application process, visit the VTAC website.

If you have questions, get in touch with our Future Students team. We’re here to help.

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