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UNSW is expanding data available to prospective students by releasing details of its first semester offers.

“UNSW has always published comprehensive information about entry criteria and pathways but in addition we are now also releasing our data on offers,” said UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Professor Merlin Crossley.

“Prospective university students will see that the average student in each cohort typically has an ATAR a little above the published cut-off.

“We hope this type of detailed information about each degree will help prospective students more fully understand the cohorts they seek to join,” Professor Crossley said.

From the UNSW 2016 offers website, students can choose a degree of interest and see the 2016 ATAR cut-off, the median ATAR of domestic school leavers receiving offers, as well as the range (minimum, lower quartile, upper quartile, and maximum).

We hope this information will help prospective students more fully understand the cohorts they seek to join.

The site also shows the number of offers made to school leavers, the average number of bonus points through HSC Plus, the Educational Access Scheme or Elite Athlete and Performers, and whether any other criteria such as portfolios or interviews were required for entry.

In addition, the site details the number of offers made to non-school leavers – mature age students, those transferring between degrees, those who have deferred, and students joining from other institutions such as TAFE. Also listed are offers made to school leavers using non-ATAR dependent mechanisms, such as targeted access and equity programs including the Indigenous Admissions Scheme and U@UNSW.

In April this year the federal government commissioned the Higher Education Standards Panel to consult with the sector on the transparency of higher education admissions processes.

“This is the first step in making our admissions processes even more transparent. We are currently working with the Group of Eight and Universities Australia to develop a consistent format for also releasing details on admissions,” Professor Crossley said.

Read Professor Crossley’s opinion piece published today in The Australian.