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2015 entry

August/September Application Period

  1. How do I apply?
  2. How do I apply to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)?
  3. What entry pathways to UniSA are available?
  4. How much will my application cost?
  5. What should I study/where can I get more information?
  6. How should I order my preferences on my application?
  7. When will I receive an offer?
  8. Can I get credit for previous study?

December/January Preference Period

  1. How do I order my preferences?
  2. Can I change my preferences after I have submitted my application?
  3. Should I change my preferences if I don’t think I’ll get my first preference?
  4. I have just heard about Bonus Points.  Is it too late to apply?
  5. Will I be guaranteed an offer if I have an ATAR that is above last year’s cut-off?
  6. What is Guaranteed Entry?
  7. Should I be applying for Scholarships?

Offer Period

  1. When will I receive an offer?
  2. What if I didn’t receive the offer I wanted?
  3. Can I defer my offer?
  4. Can I start midyear?
  5. If I don’t like my program can I do an internal transfer?
  6. How do I respond to my offer?
  7. When will I receive enrolment information?
  8. If I need assistance enrolling, who do I contact?
  9. Is Orientation compulsory?

General Information

  1. I need to look for accommodation. Where can I go for help?
  2. When does each semester start and finish?
  3. How much will I need to spend on text books? When will I need to purchase them?
  4. Does my course offer summer and winter school?
  5. How much does Uni cost?

Adult Entry

  1. How do I apply?
  2. What entry pathways to UniSA are available?
  3. What is the STAT/Special Entry?
  4. Am I eligible to sit the STAT?
  5. How do I apply to sit the STAT?
  6. What can I do to prepare for the STAT?
  7. What childcare is available?

High School

  1. What bonus points am I eligible for?
  2. How should I order my preferences?
  3. What if I do not receive an offer?
  4. What do I do once I receive my offer?
  5. Where can I get more information?


August/September Application Period

1. How do I apply?

Applications for most UniSA courses are processed via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). 

Online applications for courses that start early in the new year open in early August and close in early December. However to avoid a late fee, make sure your application is submitted by the end of September.

Applications for some of UniSA’s postgraduate courses are processed via UniSA’s ApplyOnline system.

2. How do I apply to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)?

You can apply to sit the STAT as a part of your SATAC application. The STAT is usually held either at the Adelaide Showgrounds or the SATAC offices, Adelaide CBD. The STAT test can also be sat in a number of regional South Australian locations. Contact SATAC for exact locations.

UniSA runs Prepare for STAT Workshops. The full-day workshop gives you strategies to answer questions, advice on sitting the test and an opportunity to practise test questions. The UniSA workshop is $60 full fee or $45 with concession. To enquire or to book your place, contact Future Student Enquiries.

3. What entry pathways to UniSA are available?

A variety of entry pathways are available for UniSA courses. You may be able to use your previous year 12 results, or university study, TAFE qualifications, sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or complete Foundation Studies or a Diploma pathway program through UniSA College.

4. How much will my application cost?

  1. If you are applying as a current high school student, you are required to pay a $26 SATAC application fee. Application fees for all other applicants is $59. 
  2. Applicants wishing to sit the STAT are required to pay an additional $103.
  3. Please note that a late application fee of $105 will be charged for applications lodged after 30 September.
  4. Applicants who apply and pay to sit the STAT by end of October, are required to pay a further late fee of $66 after this date. Contact SATAC for further enquiries regarding payment of fees.

5. What should I study/where can I get more information?

UniSA holds an Open Day in August of each year at the City West  and City East campuses. At this event you have the opportunity to speak to experts in your field of interest, listen to lectures and get a feel for university life.

After Open Day in August, UniSA holds events that focus on specific areas of interest. These information events give you an opportunity to wander around your future university campus, participate in interactive tours, attend workshops and speak face-to-face with lecturers and current UniSA students. Our information sessions can assist you in choosing the right course for you! For more information visit the Information Sessions and Events website.

6. How should I order my preferences on my application?

The SATAC system allows you to apply for six courses. When applying, you should list your preferences in the order in which you wish to study. Your first preference should be the program that you really want to do. Your second preference should be a course you are really interested in and happy to do should you not be offered your first preference.  It’s a good idea to fill your preferences with degrees in a similar field and still within your interest area. Also consider pathway programs.

SATAC will offer you the highest preference for which you are eligible, so the way you order your preferences is really important.

7. When will I receive an offer?

If you are applying at the end of the year, the main round of SATAC offers is released in mid January. You can check online and you’ll also be sent an email from SATAC detailing the course you have been offered.

8. Can I get credit for previous study?

You can see an instant snapshot of how your TAFE/RTO qualifications count towards your course by using our credit assessor. Credit is assessed once you have been accepted into a UniSA program. You can obtain a credit application form from Campus Central and submit it with your documentation which is then assessed by the Program Director. You will be notified which subjects you have received credit for and therefore which subjects you need to enrol in.


December/January Preference Period

1. How do I order my preferences?

The SATAC system allows you to apply for six courses. When applying, you should list your preferences in the order in which you wish to study. Your first preference should be the program that you really want to do. Your second preference should be a course you are really interested in and happy to do should you not be offered your first preference. It’s a good idea to fill your preferences with degrees in a similar field and still within your interest area. Also consider pathway programs.
 
SATAC will offer you the highest preference for which you are eligible, so the way you order your preferences is really important.

2. Can I change my preferences after I have submitted my application?

Preferences can be changed up until the Change of Preference deadline on 5 January 2015. Preferences changed after this deadline may not be given equal consideration. Preferences can be changed on the SATAC website.

3. Should I change my preferences if I don’t think I’ll get my first preference?

The SATAC system will offer you the highest preference for which you are eligible. If you do not have the results for your first preference, the SATAC system will then look to offer you your second preference, then the third and so on. ATAR cut offs can change each year so make sure you keep your preferences in order of what you wish to study.

4. I have just heard about Bonus Points.  Is it too late to apply?

Subject (Achievement) bonus points are added to your application automatically. You do not have to do anything to apply for these bonus points.

If you are on School Card (or state equivalent), Youth Allowance, Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card you are eligible to apply for Aspire bonus points. Applications for Aspire bonus points are required to be submitted to the University of South Australia by early December. Applications can be submitted after this date however there is no guarantee that these will be processed by SATAC in time for the January offer round. Eligible students are required to fill out an application form.  Please note that evidence of benefits and/or school stamp is required.

5. Will I be guaranteed an offer if I have an ATAR that is above last year’s cut-off?

Achieving an ATAR higher than last year’s cut off score does not guarantee you a place in your program (unless you have also surpassed the guaranteed entry score). You can use previous year’s cut-off scores as a guide only. Cut-off scores for entry can and do vary from year to year.

Some programs have a guaranteed entry score. If you receive an ATAR that is equal to or higher than this score and you have applied before the deadline, you will be guaranteed a place into that program.

 6. What is Guaranteed Entry?

With UniSA Preferred, many programs now offer you a guaranteed place if you have a certain year 12 score or a relevant TAFE/RTO diploma or higher. If your ATAR or TAFE/RTO award meets the UniSA Preferred qualification for that program, you have met any prerequisites, and you have listed the program as your first preference, you are in. It’s guaranteed.

7. Should I be applying for Scholarships?

Each year, more than 2500 UniSA students benefit from scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Some scholarships require an application, whilst others take into account personal, financial and academic situations and may be awarded automatically. Take some time to look at our scholarship website to find scholarships that you may be eligible for. 


Offer Period

1. When will I receive an offer?

The main round of SATAC offers is released in January. You can check the SATAC website, alternatively SATAC will send you an email detailing which program you have been offered.

2. What if I didn’t receive the offer I wanted?

If you respond to your current offer by either accepting, deferring or rejecting your current offer but still wish to be considered for a higher preference, you may still be considered in future rounds if there are vacancies in your higher course choices.

It’s important to put preferences in the order in which you wish to study.  It is also a good idea to add in back-up options lower on your preference list. Back-up options could include programs in a similar field, but, based on last year’s results, have a lower ATAR. You may also wish to consider other pathway options such as those offered by UniSA College.

3. Can I defer my offer?

Not all programs accept deferral. Check the SATAC website to see which programs can be deferred. Deferment is for one year only. If your program can be deferred, you must respond to your offer via the SATAC website.

4. Can I start midyear?

There are a number of UniSA programs that are available for midyear entry. Check out the SATAC website for the UniSA courses offering midyear entry. Students can apply now, via SATAC for courses that will commence in mid-2015.

Please note that not all UniSA programs are able to offer midyear entry.

5. If I don’t like my program can I do an internal transfer?

If a current UniSA student wishes to change to another UniSA program they may be able to apply for an internal transfer between programs and/or Divisions through Campus Central. Internal transfers are based on a students GPA (Grade Point Average) which generally needs to be a 5 (credit average) or above. Applicants are required to apply via SATAC if an internal transfer is not allowed.

6. How do I respond to my offer?

It is important that you respond to your offer. There will be a date to respond by in your offer email and instructions on how to respond via SATAC’s website.

7. When will I receive enrolment information?

A. You should receive your UniSA welcome email from the Vice Chancellor within a few days of your SATAC offer email to your personal email account. The UniSA welcome email contains your Username and Password which you will need to access the University network including myEnrolment (online enrolment system), your student email account and myUniSA (student portal).

Then login to your UniSA student email account where and email (Welcome to UniSA - Your next steps) will be waiting for you and contains important information and details on how to enrol. we encourage you to check your UniSA email account regularly as it is our main method of communication and where you will receive important announcements and updates.

If you do not receive your email, you can contact Campus Central for enrolment information.

8. If I need assistance enrolling, who do I contact?

If you need assistance with enrolling please contact Campus Central 1300 301 703 or visit the campus during enrolment (before the start of Semester 1 and 2) and receive some help from one of our U-Buddies.

9. Is Orientation compulsory?

Attending Orientation is the best way to get started at UniSA. It is not compulsory but you are encouraged to attend. You will get lots of important information about your program of study, your campus, and the student services available. Visit the orientation website to find out about O-Week Activities.


General Information

1. I need to look for accommodation.  Where can I go for help?

UniSA metropolitan campuses do not have on campus accommodation, however, we do offer support services to assist students in finding accommodation options that will meet their financial situation as well as campus location. More information about UniSA’s accommodation services can be found on our accommodation website.

2. When does each semester start and finish?

For 2015, Semester 1 commences on 2 March - 3 July and Semester 2 commences on 27 July - 27 November. For more information view the 2015 Academic Calendar.

3. How much will I need to spend on text books?  When will I need to purchase them?

Textbook costs can vary from program to program, and course to course. As a guide one book may normally be $50-$150, but in some cases can be as much as $200-$350.

These books can be purchased before or during the first week of semester. Books can be purchased on Campus at UniBooks, or online.

Second hand books are also on offer through the UniSA Student Association (USASA) online book store, They can be significantly cheaper and still in good condition. The library may also hold copies of required books for short-term borrowing/photocopying purposes.

4. Does my course offer summer and winter school?

Most courses have the option to complete summer and winter school in Study Periods 1, 4, 6 and 7. This is a great opportunity to fast track your degree, or lessen the study load during the year and provide more flexibility. To find out more information visit the Summer/Winter School website.

5. How much does Uni cost?

How much your course is going to cost depends on whether you are applying as an Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Citizen or as an International Student.

If you are applying as an Australian Citizen, and meet residency requirements,  you are automatically eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (which means the amount you pay is subsidised by the Government) and a HECS-HELP loan and means you are not required to pay your fees upfront. The amount you pay is categorised into student contribution amounts known as ‘bands’. Please note these amounts are for 1 year of full-time study. Students are charged per semester based on the subjects they are enrolled in for that semester. If you want to calculate a general total cost for your chosen degree, simply multiply the amount given by the number of years of the course.

If you are applying as an Australian Permanent Resident, you are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place but not a HECS-HELP loan. This means you are required to pay the student contribution amount as upfront payments each semester of study.

If you are an International Student, your course fees are listed on your course page under the international tab which can be found by searching the course title or contact UniSA International.  


Adult Entry

1. How do I apply?

Applications for most UniSA courses are processed via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Online applications for courses that start early in the new year open in early August and close in early December. However to avoid a late fee, make sure your application is submitted by the end of September.

Mid-year entry is also available for some of our courses. Contact our Future Student Enquiry team to discuss which courses are available.

Applications for some of UniSA’s postgraduate courses are processed via UniSA’s ApplyOnline system.

2. What entry pathways to UniSA are available?

A variety of entry pathways are available for UniSA courses. You may be able to use your previous year 12 results, or university study, TAFE qualifications, sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or complete a Foundation Studies or a Diploma pathway program through UniSA College.

3. What is the STAT/Special Entry?

Special Entry (or adult/mature aged entry) is the universities way of giving people who haven’t got the necessary education qualifications (school, university or TAFE/VET) or whose qualifications aren’t competitive enough, the chance to apply for university programs. You may qualify for special entry into your program of choice by sitting the two-hour Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The test is made up of 70 multiple choice questions designed to assess your literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and thinking skills. STAT tests are conducted by SATAC in May-July and November-January of each year. Fees apply.

Some programs which accept STAT for entry may also consider your application on the basis of employment experience or a personal competencies statement. Visit the SATAC website to check eligible programs.

4. Am I eligible to sit the STAT?

To be eligible to compete in the STAT sub quota, students must be 18 years of age or over by 1 February for Semester 1 entry or 1 July for midyear entry. If you have been enrolled at higher education level in the last two years, contact Future Student Enquiries to discuss your eligibility.

5. How do I apply to sit the STAT?

You can apply to sit the STAT as a part of your SATAC application. The STAT is usually held either at the Adelaide Showgrounds or the SATAC offices, Adelaide CBD. The STAT test can also be sat in a number of regional South Australian locations. Contact SATAC for exact locations.

6. What can I do to prepare for the STAT?

UniSA runs Prepare for STAT Workshops in June (for midyear entry) and October to November annually. The full-day workshop gives you strategies to answer questions, advice on sitting the test and an opportunity to practise test questions. The UniSA workshop is $60 full fee or $45 with concession. To enquire or to book your place, contact Future Student Enquiries.

7. What child care is available?

There are child care centres in the vicinity of each of the UniSA campuses however these facilities are not run by UniSA. More information can be found on the child care website.


High School

1. What bonus points am I eligible for?

UniSA Advantage is a two-tiered bonus point scheme and as a year 12 student you could receive achievement and/or aspire bonus points.

Achievement bonus points
You will automatically receive two achievement bonus points (up to a maximum of five) if you score a C- or better in year 12 subjects that are relevant to the UniSA program you apply for. These may be SACE year 12 tertiary admission (TAS), interstate equivalent or International Baccalaureate subjects.

Achievement bonus points are awarded by degree program. For example, the points you receive when applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy would be different to the points awarded for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Find out here which year 12 subjects qualify for bonus points for various UniSA programs.

Aspire bonus points
Five Aspire bonus points are automatically awarded to students who attend a school recognised by UniSA as under-represented with respect to students going on to uni. Students from rural and remote areas are also eligible for automatic bonus points. Students on School Card (or state equivalent), Youth Allowance and/or Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card and who do not attend a recognised Aspire school, can apply for bonus points by downloading an application form (36kB, PDF).

Applications for Aspire bonus points need to be submitted to UniSA by mid-December. Please note that evidence of benefits and/or school stamp is required.

Visit the Bonus Points website to find out more information.

2. How should I order my preferences?

The SATAC system allows you to apply for six courses.  When applying, you should list your preferences in the order in which you wish to study. Your first preference should be the program that you really want to do. Your second preference should be a course you are really interested in and happy to do should you not be offered your first preference.  It’s a good idea to fill your preferences with degrees in a similar field and still within your interest area. Also consider pathway programs.

SATAC will offer you the highest preference for which you are eligible, so the way you order your preferences is really important.

3. What if I do not receive an offer?

Preferences should be kept in the order in which you wish to study but it is a good idea to add in back-up options lower on your preferences list. Back-up options are less competitive programs that you are confident you would be able to achieve high grades in which may enable you to gain entry into your program of choice down the track. You may also wish to consider other pathway options such as those offered by the UniSA College.

4. What do I do once I receive my offer?

You will need to log in to the SATAC website and respond to your offer. If you accept your offer, you will be sent enrolment information from UniSA. This will also detail your next steps including orientation. Visit the New Students website for further information.

5. Where can I get more information?

Contact Future Student Enquiries: 08 8302 2376 or email make an enquiry.

TAFE/RTO FAQ's

  1. How do I apply to UniSA?
  2. What is UniSA Preferred?
  3. I have completed/will be completing a TAFE/RTO course in SA by the end of the year. Can I use these qualifications to apply for university?
  4. What do I do when I receive an offer?
  5. How much credit am I eligible for and how do I apply for it?
  6. How much does Uni cost? Are there scholarships available?
  7. What support services are available for students?
  8. What are the key dates I need to be aware of for starting uni?

 

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