Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about undergraduate applications. Click on a link below to expand.
You can apply for courses starting later in 2020 now. Applications for courses starting in 2021 open on Monday 3 August 2020.
A full list of important dates including closing dates is available from the key dates page.
You must apply online. The application will ask you for relevant information about your skills and qualifications. SATAC will assess your application according to the selection criteria and ranking rules for each course you add to your preferences.
Processing and STAT fees vary depending on the type of courses you are applying for and the timing of your application. If you are a current Year 12 student your processing fee will be lower than that of other applicants. Check out the fees page for more detail.
If you apply for semester 1 courses after 30 September 2020 your processing fee will increase.
If you add a semester 1 course to your preferences any time after 30 September 2020 a higher processing fee will apply.
Check the fees page for more information on SATAC fees and charges.
If SATAC is unable to verify your qualification on your behalf you will need to submit supporting documents.
The online application will tell you if you need to submit supporting documents for the qualifications you have claimed.
Yes, if you need to submit supporting documents to SATAC you can upload them online in PDF or JPEG format after you have submitted your application. The online instructions will step you through the process. You can return to your application to add more documents via My Application.
In most cases, there is no set date for submitting documents. This is because there are different start times for courses and many offer round dates throughout the year. Submit supporting documents as soon as possible after submitting your application.
If you need to submit a statutory declaration for rural and remote entry to courses at Flinders University or the University of Adelaide, a specific timeframe applies for submitting supporting documentation. Check the course entry details when submitting your application.
If you are currently studying or have recently completed a course and are awaiting supporting documentation, submit it as soon as it is available to you.
Any delay in submitting your documents may affect the outcome of your application.
SATAC does not keep documents submitted in previous applications. If SATAC requests documents to support your application, submit them as soon as possible.
You can apply for a STAT sitting as part of your undergraduate application. The online instructions will step you through the process. If you have already applied but didn’t book a STAT sitting, contact SATAC for help.
There are a few factors affecting how long assessment takes. These include:
- the entry requirements for the course
- the type of qualifications you hold
- whether the course has additional application requirements
- when the course makes offers
It is not possible for SATAC to give an assessment timeframe that fits every applicant's circumstances. If you are not waiting for current year results you may wish to check the progress of your application 4 weeks after the date of submission.
Timing of offers depends on:
- when you submit your application
- how long assessment of your application takes
- when you become eligible for an offer, and
- when the course(s) you have applied for chooses to make offers.
For courses starting in semester 1 2021, many courses may not make offers until the main January offer round.
Some courses may choose to make early offers. Early offers are only made to applicants whose assessment is complete and who are not awaiting the results of current year studies.
Check the key dates page for more information.
SATAC will generally not notify you in the event that you do not receive an offer.
If you do not receive an offer in an advertised offer round you should seek advice from the institution offering the course. You might be able to change your preferences in time for a future offer round, or find out how to improve your chances in a future application.