OPs and Selection Ranks - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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OPs and Selection Ranks


An OP, or Overall Position, is a number between 1 and 25 (1 being the highest) that indicates a Queensland statewide rank order position.

The OP is the Order of Merit assigned to current Queensland Year 12 students.

From 2020, the OP will be replaced by the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Visit Getting into uni in 2021 and beyond for more information.

Selection rank

A selection rank is a numerical score between 1 and 99 (99 is the highest), used to compare different qualifications on the same scale for the purpose of tertiary entrance.

The selection rank is the Order of Merit assigned to interstate and overseas applicants, qualified OP ineligible Queensland Year 12 students and Non-Year 12 applicants.


To be eligible for admission into a USC program you must have achieved an OP or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold in an offer round as well as any subject prerequisites or other admission criteria.

Each year USC determines the minimum selection threshold for each program by the number of places available in the program (the quota), the number of applicants who apply for those places, and the standard of those applicants.

As a result, the minimum selection threshold can vary from semester to semester and offer round to offer round. These thresholds are not pre-determined, therefore last semester's minimum selection threshold can only be used as a guide.

Domestic students applying for undergraduate programs may be eligible for adjustments to be applied to their OP or Selection Rank under the Access USC Scheme.