Indigenous Alternative Entry Program
The University is committed to offering our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the opportunity to achieve tertiary qualifications.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for admission to the University through both standard and alternative admission procedures.
How to apply
School leavers and mature-aged undergraduate applicants must apply online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Ensure you identify yourself as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander when completing your application form.
When to apply
- QTAC Applications for study in Semester 1 must be lodged by the end of September each year.
- QTAC Applications for study in Semester 2 must be lodged by mid to late May each year.
Applications lodged after these dates may attract a late fee.
The admission process
If you indicate a preference to study a degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast on your application, QTAC will notify our Student Administration office. In turn, if you indicate that you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander on your application form, the Student Administration office will notify Indigenous Services and we will follow up with an informal email outlining our services. If you are not made an offer in the first, second and major rounds, then Indigenous Services will contact you directly. An Indigenous Alternative Entry Program application package (PDF 639KB) will be sent to you, which is to be returned to Indigenous Services with supporting documentation, eg confirmation of Aboriginality form, school report/s, references.
Once all documents are received by Indigenous Services, all applications will be assessed by an Indigenous Services Officer, a faculty representative, and an Academic Skills Advisor. This process is to ensure that we can provide you with the necessary support needed while studying here at the University of the Sunshine Coast. When all applications are approved, Student Administration will be notified and a letter of offer will be sent to you. An email will be sent to invite you to take part in the Indigenous Orientation Program Day, scheduled the week prior to the University O-Week.
If, however, you are not successful in gaining entry to the University of the Sunshine Coast, you will be contacted to discuss ways to increase your chances of future success, or you may be advised to enrol in the preparatory pathways (Enabling Program or Tertiary Preparation Pathway).