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Entry requirements and applications

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).

1. Choose your program

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.

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Not sure what to study?

How to choose a degree

2. Check entry requirements

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.

You must:

Minimum selection threshold

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum 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 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 ATARs and selection ranks, and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

If you don’t have an 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).

Access USC

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.

3. Apply through QTAC

If you've chosen your degree and meet the entry requirements, you're ready to apply.

QTAC applications for 2021 are open now.

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.

4. What happens next?
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.

Applying direct to USC

In some cases, you can apply for an undergraduate program directly to USC. This includes if you are: 

  • A current TPP or Pathway Diploma student (or have had an enrolment in the past two years) 
  • A former USC student who has completed an undergraduate program within the past two years (or is due to complete soon)
  • A USC/TAFE Articulation program student
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.

How to apply for...

The following application types have their own entry requirements and application process. Choose from the links below to find more information.

Admissions explained

Information to help you understand USC's admission pathways, and how applications are assessed.

Credit for prior learning

Find out about credit for previous study or work experience.

Got questions?

Our Student Central team can help with your application.