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affected their Year 11 and 12 studies by providing them with
special consideration and bonus points. UNSW also offers
alternative entry pathways through the UNSW Preparation
Program for students aged between 17 and 20, as well as the
University Preparation Program for students aged 21 and over.
These enabling programs provide eligible students who do not
meet UNSW entry requirements with an alternative pathway that
helps them to develop the academic skills required for tertiary
The HSC Plus program rewards students with bonus points
for performance in Year 12 subjects relevant to their chosen
undergraduate degree. Applicants will be awarded a maximum of
five bonus points for each UNSW preference. UNSW also offers
bridging courses to help enrolled students meet assumed
knowledge requirements in mathematics, chemistry and physics
The Elite Athletes and Performers (EAP) Program supports
students with a flexible entry process that considers both
academic and elite achievements, as well as flexible study
arrangements while at UNSW. The EAP program awards a
maximum of five bonus ATAR points to school leavers who have
excelled in areas of sport, academia, performance, leadership or
music at a national or international level.
All institutions have their own admission rules, so refer to
UNSW’s website and the local tertiary admission centre’s
Costs and scholarships
UNSW offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to
domestic students. In addition to government scholarships (see
page 40 for more details), the following are just some of the
prizes, bursaries and scholarships that are awarded to
undergraduate students. To find out more about eligibility criteria,
contact UNSW directly.
Academic Achievement Award: This scholarship provides a
one-off payment of $4000. It is awarded to the top academic
achieving Year 12 student from each NSW and ACT high school
as nominated by school principals.
UNSW All-Rounder Scholarship: This scholarship provides a
one-off payment of $5000. It is awarded to students who have
achieved excellence across a range of pursuits, demonstrating
strong academic results (an ATAR of 95.00 or over), leadership
ability and extracurricular participation or achievement in areas
such as sport or music.
Access Assist Scholarship: This scholarship provides
$10,000 per year for the duration of the program. It is awarded to
full-time undergraduate students experiencing financial and
educational disadvantage who apply to UNSW through UAC’s
Educational Access Scheme.
The UNSW library has three branches: the main location at the
Kensington campus, the Freehills Law Library at the lower
Kensington campus and the College of Fine Arts Library at
Paddington. The main library is organised into four separate areas
(social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, law and
biomedicine) and has long opening hours, with good study spaces
and a substantial collection of serials and books. Upgrades to the
library have resulted in extra study spaces and group study rooms
with whiteboards, LCD screens, PCs, DVD players and projectors.
The university has a library enabling program called ELISE, and
electronic resources are available 24/7 through the library
website. Students can manage their enrolments through the
myUNSW portal, and an increasing number of learning resources
are available online either through the university’s YouTube
channel or eLearning system.
The on-campus Learning Centre offers many services,
including individual writing consultations, academic skills
workshops and online academic skills resources. In addition,
Nura Gili provides a range of support services for Indigenous
students. There are also good facilities and services for students
with disabilities, and various services are provided for students
whose first language is not English. Security measures include
well-lit safety corridors, a security escort service and a shuttle
bus. Peer mentor programs — both general and faculty specific
— are offered to enhance the experience of first-year students as
they make the transition to university.
To increase graduate employability, UNSW operates a
Careers and Employment service and provides a large number of
internship programs and volunteering opportunities through the
UNSW Advantage Program.
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