Applying for an undergraduate program
The process for applying and getting into uni is the same for most people. This includes current Year 12 students, and people who’ve been out of school for a while. In most cases, you will apply online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
USC offers more than 100 undergraduate programs. An undergraduate degree (or program) is usually your first university degree. For most people, this is a bachelor's degree.
Not sure what to study?
QTAC assesses domestic undergraduate applications on USC’s behalf. To be eligible to receive an offer from QTAC, you must meet the entry requirements for your chosen program.
- be at least 17 years of age, or have completed Year 12 or equivalent
- meet the minimum English language requirements for your program (if English is not your first language)
- have completed any subject prerequisites for your program
- be eligible for an OP, ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your program
The minimum selection threshold is the minimum OP, ATAR or selection rank required in order to be considered for entry to a program. Each year, USC determines minimum selection thresholds based on the number of places available in a program, the number of applicants who apply for those places, and the standard of applicants.
Thresholds can vary from semester to semester and offer round to offer round. Last semester's threshold can only be used as a guide.
To receive an offer, you must be eligible for an OP, ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your program in the offer round you are applying for.
For more detailed information OPs, ATARs and selection ranks, and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.
If you don’t have an OP or ATAR, QTAC may be able to calculate your selection rank based on your Year 12 results, previous non-school study (for example, at TAFE or another university), or relevant work experience.
If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete a bridging/enabling course like USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).
You may be eligible for adjustment factors that could increase your chance of receiving an offer through the Access USC scheme.
Additional entry requirements
Some programs have additional entry requirements. Check your chosen program’s webpage for more information.
If you've chosen your degree and meet the entry requirements, you're ready to apply.
You’ll need to know:
- The names and QTAC codes of the programs you want to apply for. Make sure you’ve written down the right QTAC code for your chosen study location – the code is different for each USC campus.
- The semester or study period you’re applying for (eg when you want to start your study).
Order your preferences
You can include up to six programs (or preferences) in your QTAC application. Your first preference should be the program you want to study the most.
Your lower preferences are your back-up options. It’s good to choose less competitive programs, in case you don’t receive an offer for your first preference. You can also include related programs that will help you upgrade into a program you really want to study.
Apply online via the QTAC website
Submit your application online via the QTAC website. You’ll need to create a QTAC applicant account, enter all required information and pay the application fee.
It’s important to include as much information as possible in your application (including supporting documentation, where relevant). This will help QTAC process your application.
You can view or update your completed application through QTAC's Application Services. QTAC might contact you to ask for more information or give you an update on your application.
Once an offer round has occurred, you will be contacted by email to advise whether you have been made an offer and what to do next.
Other admission pathways
If you don't meet the entry requirements for your chosen program, or would like to improve your academic skills before enrolling in a degree, USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway can help you access university study.
Still in school?
The Early Offer Guarantee enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation. Or, if you successfully complete two or more courses under the Headstart program, you will be eligible for entry to most USC programs.
The following application types have their own entry requirements and application process. Choose from the links below to find more information.