How to Apply or Change Your Preferences

Are you a domestic or international student? Choose an option below that relates to you and follow the instructions to apply for your degree of choice:

For information on how to apply for an online short course or online degree, please visit the relevant website and click on the course/degree you are interested in to find application information.

SATAC logoApplications for most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are made online via SATAC (South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre).

Step-by-step guide to applying

After visiting Degree Finder and choosing what to study, you can now follow the application steps below:

Before applying, understand the eligibility and entry requirements. Look out for any prerequisites or assumed knowledge subjects. Some degrees do have additional entry requirements like interviews and auditions. Lastly, make sure you check out the important dates so you get your application in on time.

Changing preferences can include:

  • reordering your existing preferences; and
  • adding or removing preferences to your application.

You can check or change preferences online via the My Application section of the SATAC website, so don’t forget to make us your first preference.

SATAC will only make one offer for the highest preference you are eligible for. This means the degree you want to study should be your first preference.

If you need any advice about study options or entry requirements, call, chat, email or book an appointment with one of our advisers.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can also contact Wirltu Yarlu for more information

An offer email will be sent to the email address you provided on your SATAC application.

If you receive an offer to your first preference, you do not need to respond, as SATAC will do this on your behalf. If you receive an offer that is not your first preference, log on to the SATAC website and respond by the date shown on your offer email.

After accepting your offer, we will send you an email outlining important information about getting started at the University, including your new University ID number.

Now you can start to plan your timetable, enrol, attend orientation and begin your university journey. Good luck!

You can also find out more information on the Current Students website.

Visit our International Students website and use our step-by-step guide to get your career started with a degree from the University of Adelaide.

Select your SATAC preferences with confidence.

Guaranteed Entry gives you certainty when applying to study at the University of Adelaide. The majority of our undergraduate degrees have a fixed entry selection rank (including adjustment factors), which means if you achieve that selection rank or higher, meet any additional admissions criteria such as subject prerequisites, you are guaranteed entry. Whether you complete the International Baccalaureate or achieve an ATAR through the SACE (or equivalent).

To confirm what the entry requirements are for the degrees you are interested in, please refer to the Entry Requirements information on Degree Finder.

Guaranteed Entry is not a change in the admissions processes or a relaxation of our academic standards - entry to all our degrees remains merit-based. The Guaranteed Entry score is not the University's minimum eligibility score.

High school students may be eligible for adjustment factors when applying to the University of Adelaide. The two adjustment factor schemes are administered by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

An individual student can receive a maximum of 9 adjustment factors under both schemes.

These adjustment factor schemes will apply for all University of Adelaide undergraduate degrees with the following exception: The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Adjustment Factor Scheme will not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience).

Universities Equity Scheme

The Universities Equity Scheme will provide adjustment factors in one of two ways: adjustment factors for all students from certain specified schools and adjustment factors for individual students from other schools. Eligible students will receive five adjustment factors in the calculation of their selection ranks.

School based bonuses

South Australian and Northern Territory schools attracting equity adjustment factors will be identified by SATAC using specific criteria, which includes:

  • schools’ remoteness as defined under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification
  • the 'participation rate' (the percentage of students in each school gaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR))
  • the mean ATAR achieved in each school
  • schools' Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage.

School based adjustment factors will be automatically applied in the calculation of applicants selection rank.


Students from other schools can submit an application to demonstrate their individual disadvantage. Students will be eligible under the Scheme where, in the year they gain their Selection Rank:

  • they or their parents are in receipt of a Centrelink means-tested income support payment, or
  • they or their parents are the holders of a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • they are the holder of a School Card.

Students can apply for this scheme when completing their SATAC application.

Further information is available from the SATAC website.

Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Asjustment Factor Scheme

The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Adjustment Factor Scheme encourages students to strengthen their preparation for undergraduate studies by undertaking a language other than English (LOTE), or specified English and Mathematics subjects.

In this Scheme, applicants will be awarded two adjustment factors per subject, up to a maximum of four adjustment factors, for successfully completing a SACE subject in any one of these four categories:

  • 20 credits of a LOTE in the Languages Learning Area (two 10 credit Australian Indigenous language subjects can be paired in lieu of a 20 credit LOTE). Please note the subject Language and Culture does not attract an adjustment factor
  • 2ESH20 English or 2ELS20 English Literary Studies
  • 2MHS20 Mathematical Methods
  • 2MSC20 Specialist Mathematics.

Successful completion is defined as gaining an Overall Grade of C- or better. Students undertaking the International Baccalaureate or interstate senior secondary certificates in Australia are also eligible to receive adjustment factors under this Scheme. See the SATAC website for interstate and IB equivalents.

The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Adjustment Factor Scheme will not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience).

Further information is available from the SATAC website.