What is undergraduate study?

Undergraduate study usually refers to study at bachelor degree level. It can also refer to associate degrees and higher education diplomas.

An undergraduate student is someone who has not yet received their first degree. It is possible to complete more than one undergraduate degree though.

Applying for an undergraduate course

Before you get started, familiarise yourself with the application process. Some aspects of it affect your chances of getting an offer. They include:

  • key dates and deadlines for applications
  • SATAC fees and charges, and when to pay
  • admission pathways and selection criteria for courses
  • supporting documents for your qualifications

Start your undergraduate application

Find out more about the application process

When to apply

Applications open in early August before the year of admission.

You can apply for courses that start at different times of the year in your application. Your application remains valid for the whole admissions period.

Applications close in November the following year.

2021 applications

Applications opened on Monday 3 August 2020. The cost of applying for a semester 1 course increases if you submit your application after 30 September 2020, so it’s a good idea to apply before then.

Note that some courses have final closing dates meaning they won’t accept applications after that date. Check the key dates page for information. Course closing dates are also listed in the course entries in course search.

Find out more about SATAC fees and charges

Find out more about key dates for undergraduate applications

Equal consideration

Equal consideration is an important principle of the SATAC application process. It allows you to apply for more than one course in a single application, with no disadvantage due to the order of your preferences.

Equal consideration ensures that course selection is transparent and fair for all.

There are a few factors that affect your entitlement to equal consideration.

To receive equal consideration with other applicants who have the same qualification and selection rank as you do, you must:

If you do not meet these conditions you will not be guaranteed equal consideration.

Find out more about your responsibilities as an applicant

Equal consideration closing date (semester 1 2021)

The equal consideration closing date is 1 December 2020. Apply and pay for your application between 3 August 2020 and 1 December 2020 to receive equal consideration in the selection process. This does not apply to those courses with final closing dates.

You can still apply for most courses after 1 December but the consequences of doing so are:

  • SATAC may not assess your application in time for an offer in the main January offer round some courses may not make offers to applicants who apply or pay after this date
  • you may not be given equal consideration in the selection process

Contact the institution you're applying to for advice about applying after 1 December.

Admission requirements

Admission is usually based on academic qualifications, and whether your grades or achievements rank above other applicants for the same course.

Check the admissions pathways for each course you're interested in and whether your qualifications or experience meet the requirements. You might need to sit an admissions test if you don’t hold the necessary qualifications.

Find out more about admission pathways to undergraduate courses

SATAC timeline

Check out an illustrated SATAC timeline for applications. From opening in August, to offers and beyond.

SATAC timeline (897KB PDF)

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SATAC charges a fee to cover the cost of processing and assessing your application.

If you want to sit the STAT as part of your application you will also need to pay a STAT fee to cover the cost of sitting the test.

It is important to check the fees and charges you will have to pay before you submit your application. SATAC does not waive or refund processing fees.

Payment of SATAC fees does not guarantee that you will receive an offer to a course. You won't be eligible to receive an offer if you have application processing fees owing.

Find out more about SATAC fees and charges

One of the benefits of applying through SATAC is applying for more than one course at the same time.

In a single application you can apply for up to six courses, offered by eight institutions, starting at different times of the year. You only need to fill in one application form and supply supporting information once.

Find out more about course preferences