What is the Gateway Admission Pathway?

You're more than your ATAR

If you're in Year 12, the Gateway Admission Pathway is an alternative pathway to UNSW which considers more than just your ATAR. It offers early entry to UNSW or a significantly lower ATAR entry requirement for a range of degrees.  

Watch our short video to learn how the pathway works.

Applications are now closed for 2024 enrolment.

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Step 1

Not sure what you want to study? Use our InsideOut app to discover how your values match with different degrees at UNSW and map your future career.

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Step 2

Write your personal statement based on the degree you list as your first preference. You are required to answer three questions about yourself. Check out our web app Nail It!, designed specifically to help you write your personal statement.

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Step 3

Apply for an early conditional offer to UNSW through the Gateway Admission Pathway. Applications for 2023 are now closed but you can start your personal statement through our Nail it! app.

Join the Gateway Program

The Gateway Program is for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who want to discover UNSW degree options, explore future career opportunities and access additional resources for the HSC. Participating in the Gateway Program also provides critical support to receive an early offer to UNSW through the Gateway Admission Pathway. 

Check your eligibility

To be eligible for the Gateway Admission Pathway, you must:

  • be an Australian resident
  • be completing an Australian Year 12 qualification in the year of application
  • attend a Gateway school or live in a low-socioeconomic area based on IRSAD and IEO indexes of SEIFA criteria.

Check our list below to see if you attend a Gateway school. Don't see your school on the list or unsure if you're eligibile? Contact us.

Consider a Diploma program

If you are a domestic student and qualify for the UNSW Gateway Admission Pathway but do not meet the required ATAR for entry into this program you may also be eligible to study a UNSW College Diploma program as an alternative entry pathway to UNSW.

For more information, download the Diploma flyer.

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Gateway Admission Pathway FAQs

More about the Gateway Admission Pathway

  • UNSW is committed to student equity, and we want to ensure that as many young people as possible can access and succeed in higher education. The Gateway Admission Pathway is UNSW’s primary pathway for students who are traditionally underrepresented at UNSW and in higher education more broadly.

  • All Gateway Admission Pathway applications are considered based on your written personal statement and your Year 11 results.

  • This year, you will have the opportunity to receive an early offer (with the requirement of receiving an ATAR regardless of the result) or an early conditional offer (with a significantly reduced ATAR requirement).

  • You can apply for all undergraduate degrees at UNSW Sydney, excluding degrees at UNSW Canberra.

    Note:

    • Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine has different eligibility criteria and a different application process - see Gateway Medicine Entry Scheme for more information 
    • B Aviation (Flying) has considerable costs associated and final entry to the program is dependent on additional selection criteria - see Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) for more details 
    • B Vision Science/M Clinical Optometry will prioritise places for regional/remote students and less than 10 places are available 
  • Degrees offered at the UNSW Canberra City campus, through the Canberra School of Professional Studies are eligible for the Gateway Admission Pathway. This includes the Bachelor of Cyber Security. 

    Please note: programs offered through UNSW Canberra at ADFA are not eligible for the Gateway Admission Pathway.

Eligibility for the Gateway Admission Pathway

  • To be eligible for the Gateway Admission Pathway, you must:

    • be an Australian resident
    • be completing an Australian Year 12 qualification in the year of application
    • attend a Gateway school or live in a low-socioeconomic area based on SEIFA criteria*.

    If you’re unsure whether you meet these criteria, contact us.

    If you meet these criteria but are in Year 10 or 11, you are able to participate in the UNSW Gateway Program. This program is for students who want to discover UNSW degree options, explore future career opportunities and access additional resources for the HSC. 

    * Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage based on the Index of Education and Occupation and Index of Relative Socio-Economic Advantage and Disadvantage.

  • No, unfortunately only domestic students can be considered through the Gateway Admission Pathway. International Students considering alternative entry pathways into UNSW can consider a university pathway program through UNSW College. To find out more about our Academic and English programs, visit our UNSW College website

  • Gateway schools are identified by taking the three-year average of Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) for schools across NSW or the three-year average of the proportion of students in the bottom SEA quartile. The ICSEA and proportion of students in the bottom SEA quartile of a school can be found on the My School website.  

Applying to UNSW through the Gateway Admission Pathway

  • You will need to upload a personal statement answering the following three questions. If you have chosen two degrees to be considered for in your application, you only need to address the degree you have listed as your first preference.

    • Why are you interested in the degree you are applying for and how does it relate to your passions and goals?
    • What are your learning strengths and how have you applied them to overcome challenges in school or other aspects of your life? 
    • Thinking about your future self at university, what do you identify as the key challenges for you and how do you plan to manage these?
  • You can choose up to two UNSW degrees to be assessed on. However, only preference two degrees if you would be happy to receive an offer for either of those degrees. When writing your personal statement, you should reference the degree you have listed as your first preference.  

    Please note whilst you can preference up to two degrees, you can only receive one offer to UNSW through the Gateway Admission Pathway. 

  • Your personal statement is a very important part of how we assess your application. Here are the key qualities we are looking for in your personal statement:  

    • A high degree of clarity
    • Address all aspects of the questions
    • Reference relevant concrete examples to illustrate sophisticated links between personal interests and chosen discipline
    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of your chosen degree and its requirements
    • Extensive and detailed evidence of reflective thinking and analysis of own learning strengths
    • Thoughtfully describe potential challenges and solutions for your projected future self 
    • A well-integrated, complex and thoughtfully structured paragraph
    • Sophisticated use of persuasive written language  

    Check out our Nail It! app designed specifically to help you write your personal statement.

  • Yes, you can resubmit your personal statement if necessary. However, we strongly encourage you to finalise it before submitting it.

  • No, we won’t have access to information about special provisions and won’t consider it as part of the application process.

  • If you are successful in receiving an offer you will be notified in in our offer rounds. 2024 offer round dates will be shared soon.

  • You do not need to start a new application when reapplying for Round 2. Simply visit the portal and update your existing application via the "Manage your application" button. Once you're in, you can change your degree preferences.

Offers for the Gateway Admission Pathway

  • Early offers will be made in Round 1 only, with the requirement of you sitting the HSC and receiving an ATAR regardless of the result.

    Early conditional offers are made in both Round 1 and 2, with a significantly reduced ATAR requirement. If you meet or exceed the adjusted ATAR you will receive a firm offer to that degree.

  • In 2024, there will be two offer rounds. Application dates will be shared shortly.

  • No, you will only receive one offer to UNSW through the Gateway Admission Pathway. 

  • Most degrees offered through the Gateway Admission Pathway are not capped.

    The exceptions are:

    • Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry: Fewer than 10 places are available and students from regional and remote areas will be prioritised for these places 
    • Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine: Up to 10 places are available to students who meet the eligibility criteria and apply for the Gateway entry scheme via the Medicine Application Portal.
  • Yes. So long as you have met the requirements of your offer and converted it to a firm offer by the set date, you will be able to defer your studies for one year.

UNSW Advantage and Gateway Awards

  • If you live in an eligible low-socioeconomic area, receive an offer from UNSW and enrol for Term 1 2024, you will be eligible to receive the $10,000 UNSW Advantage Award to support you in your first year of studies. Low-socioeconomic areas are based on IRSAD and IEO indexes of SEIFA criteria. 

    Additionally, for 2024, all students who attend a Gateway school, apply through the Gateway Admission Pathway and enrol at UNSW will receive a $1,000 one-off payment to make the transition to uni easier, meaning you could be eligible for a total of an $11,000 award to make the most of your studies.

  • For 2024, all students who attend a Gateway school, apply via the Gateway Admission Pathway and enrol at UNSW will receive a $1,000 Gateway Award to make the transition to uni easier, supporting you to make the most of your studies. 

  • If you have applied to UNSW through the Gateway Admission Pathway, you will be advised if you’re eligible to receive the UNSW Advantage Award when Round 1 and Round 2 early offers and early conditional offers are released. Round 1 offers will be released on Friday, 1 September 2023. Round 2 offers will be released on Friday, 8 December 2023.

    Any eligible applicants who have not applied through the Gateway Admission Pathway will find out their eligibility for this award in early 2024 before the start of Term 1.

  • The award will be paid in $2,500 instalments in your first year of university. The first instalment will be at the beginning of Term 1 and other payments will be within 4 weeks of the Term 1 Census Date (10 March 2024), Term 2 Census Date (23 June 2024) and Term 3 Census Date (6 October 2024).  

    Students who attended a Gateway school will also receive a $1,000 one off payment at the beginning of Term 1, 2024.

  • To be eligible for the UNSW Gateway Award applicants must have applied through the Gateway Admission Pathway and enrolled at UNSW. You will be advised if you’re eligible to receive this award when Round 1 and Round 2 early offers and early conditional offers are released. Round 1 offers will be released on Friday, 1 September 2023. Round 2 offers will be released on Friday, 8 December 2023

  • Students who attended a Gateway school will receive a $1,000 one off payment at the beginning of Term 1, 2024.

  • Students are not able to defer commencement of the UNSW Advantage Award or the UNSW Gateway Award.

    However, you can reapply through the UAC Equity Scholarships portal to be considered for any Equity scholarships available. Please keep in mind there is no guarantee that you will receive an Equity Scholarship offer in a future round. 

  • Yes, your eligibility will be determined as part of the regular UAC admissions process which happens throughout December and January. You will be advised if you are eligible to receive the UNSW Advantage Award in early 2024 before the start of Term 1. 

  • If you receive a scholarship offer that is of a higher value or for the duration of your program, including the UNSW Gateway Accommodation Scholarships, you have the option to choose which scholarship/award you would like to accept. 

    Unless specified otherwise in the offer letter, recipients may not hold more than one UNSW Scholarship/Award concurrently. Recipients who are considering accepting or holding multiple Scholarships/Awards must contact UNSW Scholarships in writing for prior approval. 

    There may be current student scholarships or awards that you can be considered for throughout your university studies. Please check UNSW Scholarships for any scholarship opportunities available that are relevant to your studies.  

Adjusted ATARs for the Gateway Admission Pathway

  • ATAR adjustments consider additional factors when assessing a student’s capability to succeed at university. As part of UNSW's Gateway Admission Pathway, we consider the academic course requirements and the demonstrated academic standard of applicants. We then consider the Lowest Selection Rank and determine a reasonable adjustment for each degree. See our list of Gateway Adjusted ATARs for students enrolling in 2024.

  • Through the Gateway Admission Pathway, there are several degrees that have an adjusted ATAR of 65. See our list of Gateway Adjusted ATARs for students enrolling in 2024.

    If you don't qualify for the UNSW Gateway Admission Pathway you may still be eligible to study a UNSW College Diploma program as an alternative entry pathway to UNSW. For more information, download the Diploma flyer.

  • The Gateway Admission Pathway sets a reduced ATAR requirement specific to the degree you are applying for. To convert your early conditional offer into a firm offer, your ATAR will need to meet this requirement without any other adjustment factors being considered.

  • No, there is a separate entry scheme for elite athletes here. You cannot combine schemes. 

  • There are no implications. Your ATAR is only one indicator of your capacity to succeed at university, which is why we are considering other factors when assessing your application. You won’t be at a disadvantage compared to your peers.

  • We understand that sometimes things don’t always go to plan. If you don’t meet the adjusted ATAR set in your early conditional offer, you may still be considered for alternate entry schemes to study your dream UNSW degree including:

Degree-specific information for the Gateway Admission Pathway

  • Not to be confused with the Bachelor of Medical Science.

    The Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine (often referred to simply as ‘Medicine’) is a very competitive degree and up to 10 places are offered each year via the Gateway Entry Scheme.

    It is a different application process to apply for a Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine and requires additional selection criteria. Visit the Gateway Entry Scheme for more details.

  • If you apply for a Bachelor of Laws through the Gateway Admission Pathway, you do not need to sit the Law Admission Test. LAT results will not be used to assess your Gateway Admission Pathway application. However, you can still register for and sit the LAT if you would like to retain the option of entry to the Bachelor of Laws through the LAT admission process.  

  • As a Co-op scholar you are provided with up to 18 months of relevant industry experience, leadership and professional development training, mentoring and support, career planning and events to help you create professional and social networks. There are various programs available in Business, Science and Engineering streams.

    The application process for Co-op is separate to the Gateway Admission Pathway. You will need to submit an online application, nominate your Careers Advisor to complete your Schools Assessment Page and complete a video snapshot. For more information about the programs, application process and eligibility, see here.

  • Yes, you can transfer in the same way as any student at UNSW can transfer degrees.

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