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How to get in!

So you’re after the insider info on how to get in to UNSW to do an engineering degree. That’s great. We’ve included all sorts of information below that might be helpful.

To be fair, our degrees are so popular it’s pretty hard to get in. If you get a good mark at school, you should have no trouble. But don’t lose heart. We really want students who are passionate about engineering to study here, so if your ATAR isn’t quite in the ballpark (it’s a high ballpark) we also have some alternate ways of entry which might just benefit you!

Here’s how to get in to study Engineering at UNSW.

International applicants should check out the entry information in our International Student section

Direct Entry

Direct Entry is for local applicants only, that’s those who are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. Applications must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Direct entry requires your ATAR to gain entry but there are ways to improve your chances, through interview and obtaining bonus points. Find out more about applying to UNSW.

Entry via ATAR

Most applicants apply based on academic merit, which is measured through your ATAR. The ATAR for engineering is generally quite high. In 2013, the ATAR for Direct Entry was ≥ 91.00

View the ATAR Cut Offs table

Entry via Interview – FEAS  

If your ATAR is likely to be more in the region of 81.00 to 90.95, there’s still a good chance you could get in. We strongly encourage you to put in an application for an interview under the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme, or FEAS.

At the interview, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with Engineering academics, exchange information with them and show them your passion and suitability for studying engineering at UNSW.

Find out more about entry via FEAS.

Entry via ATAR + HSC Plus bonus points

Because we like to see you trying hard, we award bonus points towards entry for students who have achieved outstanding results in relevant HSC subjects like Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and 2, and Physics.

Find out more about HSC Plus.

Elite Athletes and Performers Program

We offer a flexible entry and support program for students who are elite athletes or performers. The Elite Athletes and Performers Program supports students both with a flexible entry process (including eligibility for bonus points on their ATAR rank) and flexible study arrangements while at UNSW. Find out more.

Alternate Entry

There are a number of alternative avenues through which you may seek admission to an undergraduate program at UNSW. These include:

Special Entry

UNSW Australia is committed to the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in education. So, if you have special circumstances or educational disadvantages that you would like us to take into consideration, let us know.

Access Scheme – students experiencing special circumstances

The Access Scheme helps students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage throughout their senior studies and have been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control. Things like prolonged illness or a medical condition, financial hardship, serious family illness, rural isolation and disrupted schooling.

Find out more, or call the UNSW Admissions Office on +61 2 9385 3228 or send us an email.

Nura Gili Indigenous Programs

Nura Gili Indigenous Programs offer support to indigenous prospective students through Winter School Programs, Pre-Programs and assistance with applying to UNSW. The Programs encourage learning opportunities that embrace Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories, encouraging self-empowerment within an inspiring and supportive environment that celebrates learning, diversity and the achievement of social justice.  
Find out more.

Students with Disabilities

At UNSW we are committed to making sure that all students are given the opportunity to participate equally in the educational opportunities offered by the University. There is a range of services for students with disabilities including examination support, specialised equipment, educational support, parking provisions and library assistance. Find out more.