From submitting your application, finalising your preferences, and receiving an offer, we’re here to help answer your questions about studying at UniSA in 2021, SA’s No.1 university for graduate careers*.

*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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    Yay! I’ve got my offer – what’s next?

    Congratulations on receiving a UniSA offer! We can’t wait to welcome you to the UniSA community.

    • If you received an offer to your first preference, SATAC will automatically accept your offer on your behalf – there’s nothing you need to do.*
    • If you have received an offer for a program that is not your first preference, make sure you log into SATAC to accept/respond to your offer. You can’t be considered for any higher preferences until you respond!

    Look out for your new students email in your inbox that will tell you everything you need to know about accessing your UniSA student email, key dates and the like. In the meantime, check out the New Students website and watch the How to Enrol video to get a head start on your enrolment checklist, planning your timetable and enrolling in your courses.

    *Please note that offerees to programs below must enrol into their courses by the date listed on their offer letter. Failure to enrol by the date listed will result in the offeree forfeiting their offer and will be discontinued from the degree. For more information, please contact Future Student Enquiries.

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
    Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)
    Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)
    Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
    Bachelor of Podiatry
    Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
    Bachelor of Midwifery
    Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

    Enrolment dates

    The New Students website will take you through the steps of enrolment, including the pre-enrolment checklist. Make sure you have planned your timetable and completed your enrolment checklist before your program opens. Check out our How to Enrol video to learn more about this process.

    Enrolment into your degree will begin in mid-January and will vary from degree to degree.



    Tuesday 19 January 2021

    Allied Health and Human Performance
    Clinical and Health Sciences – Pharmacy and Medical Science programs only
    Clinical and Health Sciences – Midwifery program only

    Wednesday 20 January 2021

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    Justice and Society

    Thursday 21 January 2021

    Clinical and Health Sciences – Nursing program only

    Friday 22 January 2021

    Education Futures
    UniSA College

    I’ve received an offer but want to be considered for another preference

    If you’ve received an offer but would like to be considered for a different program, check out our webinar. This will take you through what to do if you receive an offer to:

    • a lower preference and would like to be considered for a higher preference
    • a higher preference but instead want a lower preference


    It is best to give UniSA's Future Student Enquiries a call to talk through your individual circumstances. We can also advise on including pathway programs in your application.

    I didn’t receive an offer, what should I do?

    There are many offer rounds for 2021 commencement, starting in October and going right through until late February.  If you haven’t received an offer after the 15 January 2021 main offer round, ensure you contact UniSA’s Future Student Enquiries team to talk through your options to ensure you have pathway programs included in your application.

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    At UniSA, we offer scholarships and grants to a wide range of students from all different backgrounds. Our online scholarships search engine will help you find what you may be eligible for and will outline any application dates and key criteria.

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    Check out our ‘How to order your preferences to get the offer you really want’ webinar.


    With space for 6 preferences in your SATAC application, don’t forget to explore the pathway options into your desired UniSA degree. We encourage you to arrange these in order of what you want to study most as well as some back up options – just in case.

    If you’re applying for a competitive degree, such as the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) for example, and aren’t sure you will meet the entry requirements for direct entry, you need to consider how you structure your preferences.  We have provided an example below with some tips that explain how to order your preferences to include related degrees as pathway options.

    We’re here to help! Book an Application Health Check to discuss your individual study and pathway options to get the offer you really want.




    SATAC code

    Preference 1


    Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)


    Preference 2


    Bachelor of Human Movement


    Preference 3


    Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health)


    Preference 4


    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science


    Preference 5


    Diploma in Health


    Preference 6


    UniSA Foundation Studies





    SATAC code

    Preference 1


    Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)


    Preference 2


    Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience)


    Preference 3


    Bachelor of Psychology


    Preference 4


    Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)


    Preference 5


    Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)


    Preference 6


    Diploma in Arts


    Preference related degrees
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    Number 1

    Preference related degrees

    Where possible, make sure you add another preference in a similar field as a pathway option.
    After completing four courses, you may be eligible to apply to transfer or re-apply for another UniSA degree. Entry is based on achieving a competitive GPA (Grade Point Average). Log into your SATAC account to update your application.

    Number 2

    Add UniSA College

    UniSA College Diploma and Foundation Studies programs also provide pathways into a wide range of UniSA degrees.

    UniSA College Pathways

    Number 3

    Explore alternative pathways

    Don’t forget to consider a range of other alternative pathways including Vocational Education Training (VET), SAIBT or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

    Explore alternative pathways

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    Receive your results

    You will be able to log in to the SACE website from 8.30am on Tuesday 15 December 2020 to receive your ATAR.

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    Confirm your Selection Rank

    You can view your selection rank on the SATAC self-service portal. Alternatively you can call our Future Student Enquiries team on (08) 8302 2376 to confirm your Selection Rank (including any adjustment factors you have been eligible for).

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    Call us to check your offer certainty

    Once SACE results are released on 15 December, UniSA will have enough information to identify a large proportion of applicants who will receive offers in the main January offer round. Where possible, we will notify you of your standing well before the Change of Preference deadline on 7 January, but if you would like greater certainty about your application and chances of an offer, give the Future Student Enquiries team a call, and we will gladly run you through all relevant information where we can openly share information about your ranking and eligibility for your selected UniSA preferences.

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    Turn your first preference into an offer

    Once you have received your results, don’t forget to confirm the order of your preferences by the change of preference deadline (7 January 2021). Check out our ‘How to order your preferences to get the offer you really want’ webinar to get advice on changing and ordering your preferences.

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    No offer? Or didn't receive the offer you had hoped for?

    If you don’t receive an offer in the main January offer round or were hoping to receive an offer for a higher preference, remember there are still further offer rounds throughout January and February. Contact us to discuss your options.
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    UniSA offers guaranteed entry into many of its undergraduate degrees.  You’re guaranteed a place into many UniSA degrees if:

    1. your selection rank (your ATAR plus any adjustment factors) or VET award meets the UniSA Guaranteed Entry score for that degree, and
    2. you have met the prerequisites and any specific requirements for admission, and
    3. you have listed the degree as your first preference in your SATAC application, with any required documentation submitted to SATAC on time.

    Check out the guaranteed entry cut offs

    Use our ATAR>Degree Finder to explore which degrees you may be eligible for guaranteed entry, using your selection rank.

    If you don’t meet the guaranteed entry score, you will also be considered for competitive entry and may also be considered for selection by grades.

    Competitive Entry

    If you don’t meet the guaranteed entry score, you will be considered for competitive entry.  When there are more eligible applicants than available places in your preferred degree, offers are made to applicants in descending order of Selection Rank, VET qualification or other basis of admission until all places are filled. Minimum entry requirements, such as prerequisites, still apply. 

    The published competitive entry Selection Rank is the lowest Selection Rank that received an offer to a given degree for that year.  This can vary each year depending on the number of applicants and places available in the program. 

    Visit the program webpage for the degree you are interested in to view the 2020 competitive Selection Rank cut-offs. Alternatively, you can view all cut-offs including the Guaranteed Entry cut-offs for all programs.

    Selection by Grades

    For some degrees, applicants who have not achieved the Selection Rank required for automatic selection into their preferred degree may be selected for any remaining places based on the grades of their Year 12 subjects. 

    Selection by Grades allows you to compete using your best three A, B or C letter grades from your Year 12 studies. Selection by Grades will only consider 20-credit Stage 2 Tertiary Admission Subjects (TAS) where you have earned a C- or better.

    Visit our Selection by Grades website for a list of participating programs and expected 2021 thresholds.


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    30 September 2020
    Early application closing date
    (Avoid a SATAC late fee)

    22 October 2020
    Early 1st preference only offer round for non-school leavers (selected programs only)

    31 October 2020
    Deadline to pay STAT fees without incurring an additional late fee

    12 November 2020
    Early 1st preference only offer round for non-school leavers (selected programs only)

    1 December 2020
    Equal consideration deadline.  Applications submitted after this date may not be given equal consideration.  Chat with our Future Student Enquiries team to find out if your degree of interest is considered

    15 December 2020
    Year 12 results release


    7 January 2021
    SATAC change of preference deadline for Semester 1, 2021 programs

    15 January 2021
    Main January offer round

    28 January 2021
    Offer round for those programs that still have vacancies

    From 2 February 2021
    Further offer rounds every Tuesday and Thursday until 11 march for those programs that still have vacancies

    22-26 February 2021
    Orientation Week

    1 March 2021
    UniSA classes commence


I still have questions – who can I contact?

We’re here to help. Our Future Student Enquiries Team are the experts. Give us a call or submit an online enquiry to have your questions answered.

Future Student Enquiries Team
(08) 8302 2376
9.00am – 5.00pm (ACDT), Monday to Friday