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After you apply through QTAC

What happens next?

You’ve applied to study by putting an application in with the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC), but what happens next? Find out more about important dates, accepting offers and getting started at uni.


When will I get my results?

Queensland Year 12 results and OPs will be mailed on Friday 15 December, 2017, and available online via Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Student Connect on Saturday 16 December, 2017.

What is my entry rank?

If you are not a current Queensland Year 12 student, your school results (including past results) will be converted to a rank. You may also have a rank based on work experience, or other study at TAFE, a private institution or a university.

You can find out your entry rank:

  • via the QTAC applications website if you've submitted a QTAC application
  • by calling QTAC on 1300 467 822 if you are not a QTAC applicant.

You may be able to determine your rank by using the information and tables for post-school and mature-age entry.

I'm worried I won't get into the course I want

If you don't get your first preference, upgrading into your dream course can take as little as a year. Always have a backup plan and include upgrading pathways in your QTAC preferences. Find out more about your upgrading options to get into the course you want.

I want to change my preferences

The final date and time to change or add preferences is related to the offer round you are hoping to receive an offer in and whether or not your course preferences are being offered in that offer round.

Tuesday 9 January, 2018 (4:30pm) is the final date and time to change or add preferences for the 16 January, 2018 major offer round. You won't be able to make any preference changes after this date. Check QTAC key dates for more information.

Some QUT courses have earlier closing dates. Applications for some creative industries courses with additional entry requirements close at 5pm on Friday 15 September, 2017. You need to register with QUT and apply to QTAC for these courses.

If you're offered a place in an early offer round but would like to study another course offered in a later offer round, you can rearrange your preferences after you receive the early offer by conditionally accepting, rejecting or deferring the offer. By doing so, you'll be able to accept the new offer for your higher preference in a later offer round. Find out how to order and change your QTAC preferences.

How do we choose students for places at QUT?

Because there are usually more students applying than the number of places available, we choose students in order of their OP or entry rank - the higher your OP or rank, the more likely you are to get offered a place.

OP and rank thresholds for courses are only ever an indication - we determine thresholds by the number of available places in a course, the number of people applying for the course, and their OPs or entry ranks.

If you haven’t already applied for entry you can check out:

Receiving my offer

When are offers made for QUT courses?

QTAC will notify you by email if you have received an offer. You'll also be able to see your application status in the applicant portal on the QTAC website.

Offers for the early offer rounds will be made to applicants who are above the 2017 entry thresholds published in the online course information.

If you miss out on an early offer and you're eligible, you will be considered for the major offer round.

Non-school leavers

Every fortnight, we make offers to non-school leaver applicants.

Year 12 students

QUT will make offers to Year 12 applicants:

  • from 17 November, 2017:
    • offers for additional entry courses in our Creative Industries Faculty, except for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Fashion)
    • offers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students receiving offers through the Oodgeroo Unit's Centralised Assessment Selection Program
  • from 21 December, 2017:
    • offers for applicants who are eligible for an offer in their highest eligible preference and meet other course requirements.

Why didn't I receive an early offer?

Don't worry if your friends receive offers at these times and you don't. Tuesday 16 January, 2018 is QUT's major offer round for courses starting in Semester 1, 2018. You can check your status for each course you've applied for in the QTAC application portal.

January 2018 will still be the main offer round for the majority of QUT courses for both Year 12 students and non-school-leavers. Applicants will not be disadvantaged by being considered in an early offer round or in the main offer round.

Are bonus entry ranks included in early offers?

Yes. Where bonus entry ranks such as subject bonuses, START QUT bonuses, EAS bonuses and elite athlete or alternative Year 12 results such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma are available, they will be included for the early offer rounds. If not available, they will be included in the January 2018 major offer round.

Responding to my offer

Check your emails regularly as QTAC will advise you of an offer by email. Your email account should be one that you would have access to even after you've completed school. You'll be able to view or print your offer letter from the QTAC website.

You'll need to accept your offer by the due date and time specified in your offer letter.

Once you accept your offer, you'll be able to enrol in your course. If you decide to accept the offer, you can do so via the QTAC website.

You will need to log in to your QTAC My Application:

  • Select the Offer Details page
  • Accept your offer via the Respond to Offer page
  • Re-select on Offer Details page
  • Click on the 'Enrol at QUT' link from the QUT website.

Responding to early offers

If you receive an early offer (before the 16 January, 2018 major offer round), you must accept, defer or reject your offer by the specified response date or you will not be considered for further offers in the January 2018 major offer round.

For early offers, you'll only have four days to respond to your offer. In addition to the initial email, QTAC will send you an SMS reminder a few hours prior to your offer lapsing. For early offers issued on the 21 December, 2017, responses must be received by 4:00pm on 28 December, 2017.

Responding to my offer if I'm away

If you're going to be away and unable to access the internet as offers are being made, you need to ensure that you've nominated someone else via your QTAC application who is authorised to act on your behalf in your absence.

What happens if I don't respond to my offer in time?

If you don't respond to your offer in time and your offer status changes to 'lapsed', you can contact QTAC to have your offer reinstated. You need to respond to your offer by the specified response date.

Deferring my offer

You can choose to defer your offer. You can defer the start of your study for one year for most courses.

Didn't get the offer you wanted?

Check the status of your application through QTAC's online application service. If you don't understand or don't agree with the reason you haven't been made an offer for the course you want, contact QTAC.

If you have an offer but it's not your preferred course, you can choose to conditionally accept your offer. This means that you can take up an offer in a later offer round, or keep your existing offer if you do not receive another offer. In the meantime you can:

  • reconsider your QTAC preferences so that even if you miss out on your preferred course, you can still get into an alternative study area, or undertake further study as an upgrading pathway. Check your upgrading options.
  • change or reorder your preferences to be considered in future offer rounds. Be aware that not all courses are offered in the 25 January offer round and the cut-offs maybe higher than the 16 January offer round. Check the QTAC website to see what course vacancies still exist for this offer round.

Didn’t get a QTAC offer?

If you didn't receive a QTAC offer, check some of the reasons your application may not have been successful.

You received an offer for a course you didn't apply for

Check which course you nominated:

  • Is the QUT code correct?
  • How are your preferences ordered?

If there is an issue, contact QTAC.

Getting ready for study

Enrolling in my course

You'll receive your QUT username and password once you've accepted your offer, and you can then log in and enrol in your degree from 11 December, 2017. You can also set up your QUT email account and update your personal details.

Registering for classes

Class registration opens on different days for different courses. We'll let you know when you can register for your classes. Key class registration dates:

  • 29 January 2018 - 31 January 2018: progressive registration for students enrolled in undergraduate courses.
  • 29 January 2018: Students enrolled in single classes where they have no choice will be pre-registered.
  • 2 March 2018: last date for student class registration. From this date all further allocation will be done by the faculty with the exception of some students in engineering practicum and nursing simulations who can register throughout the semester.

Classes commence on Monday 19 February, 2018.


Orientation is essential to ensure a successful start to university life.

Orientation week for Semester 1, 2018 is held 12-16 February 2018, and some activities take place earlier. We'll notify you of orientation events and how to register so you won't miss out.

Moving to Brisbane to study

If you need to move out of home to study at QUT, there's plenty of support to help you plan your move and settle into life at university. Find out more about moving to Brisbane.

Meet new friends

You'll meet heaps of new people and make great new friends at university. Join a club, or get involved in sports and activities with our vibrant student life.

Disability support

If you have a disability, injury or health condition (which may be permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating), we encourage you to find out more about our disability services and contact a disability adviser to ensure support services are in place for the start of first semester. Disability support is free, confidential and won't appear on your student record.