UAC Offer Profiles for Computer Science and Engineering
The majority of students in CSE's programs are admitted through
the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC),
and most of these are school-leavers
selected on the basis of their Year 12 UAI alone.
Below are the distribution of UAIs for school-leavers who received offers
from UAC in the Main Round in January 2003.
Most completed the NSW HSC in 2002, although a small proportion (12%)
have another Australian Year 12 qualification.
UAIs are portable between states.
Although each student receives a single HECS offer without further qualification,
offers are of three kinds:
- Normal offers,
made without regard to other factors besides the applicant's UAI.
- Educational Access Scheme offers,
made to a small number of students who have established that their education
has been adversely by factors outside their control,
and have applied for the relevant university scheme
)at UNSW this is called the Access sheme).
These offers are not included in the published minimum UAI (cutoff).
- Other below-cutoff offers.
Some institutions make a forced offer to certain applicants,
ignoring their UAI entirely.
As this mechanism is not transparent, potentially inequitable,
misleads students regarding the educational background of the cohort,
and makes a mockery of the published cutoff,
UNSW does not make offers of this kind.
One interstate students was made an offer to Computer Engineering in 2003
with a UAI 0.5 points below the cutoff.
We are investigating why this occurred.
CSE UAC Offer Profiles