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UQ Vice-Chancellor Debbie Terry

Guarantee your place at UQ in 2023

A letter from UQ Vice-Chancellor Debbie Terry
Uni life
Published 21 Nov, 2022  ·  5-minute read

I know it feels surreal to be so close to that finish line. After all the assignments, study sessions and exams, Year 12 is almost done.

And yet, while it certainly is a finish line, it’s also a whole new beginning.

Completing high school means closing one chapter and stepping into a future that’s mysterious, a bit intimidating, but – most of all – exciting. Exciting because it’s so full of options, opportunities, and potential. Your potential.

As someone who went through their senior school years during a global pandemic, you’ve already developed the tenacity and resilience you’ll need to thrive in this next chapter. So, firstly, I want to commend you for that significant achievement. I truly admire every student who worked through all the lockdowns, online classes and other disruptions that we’ve experienced in the last few years.

Secondly, I want to offer some certainty in a time that’s full of unknowns. I’m pleased to share that UQ is once again offering guaranteed ATAR entry thresholds across most programs in 2023. This means you may be able to secure an early position in a UQ program based on your ATAR – without the anxious wait for an acceptance letter.

Secure your place at UQ

You’ll be able to lock in your position for Semester 1, 2023, if you:

  1. Select a UQ program as your first QTAC preference.
  2. Meet or exceed the guaranteed ATAR threshold.

Some things worth noting:

  • This guarantee will be assured for offers up to and including the main offer round in January.
  • It will also apply to eligible programs you’ve listed as lower preferences.
  • Entry is always subject to you meeting English standards, prerequisites and any other entry requirements for your selected program.
  • The guaranteed ATAR threshold includes adjustment factors (additional points added to your selection rank). UQ offers a range of admission schemes that can increase your selection rank based on special circumstances and subject choices. Learn more about adjustment factors.

Below is a snapshot of some of UQ’s guaranteed ATAR thresholds for 2023. View the full list, including guaranteed thresholds for dual degrees, here.

Program (Degree)


2023 Guaranteed Threshold

Bachelor of Arts



Bachelor of Biomedical Science



Bachelor of Business Management



Bachelor of Computer Science



Bachelor of Design



Bachelor of Economics



Bachelor of Education (Primary)



Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)



Bachelor of Environmental Science



Bachelor of Health Sciences



Bachelor of Laws (Honours)



Bachelor of Mathematics



Bachelor of Science



Bachelor of Social Science



Bachelor of Veterinary Technology



View all guaranteed ATAR thresholds

What if I don’t meet the guaranteed ATAR threshold?

Please keep in mind that these guaranteed thresholds are not the minimum entry ranks, which will typically end up being lower. The final figure will be determined in the January main offer round

So, if your ATAR is a little below the number listed here for your dream degree, I would still encourage you to include that program as a high preference. You may still meet the minimum entry rank when it gets released.

In the meantime, you can learn about how to boost your ATAR with adjustment factors, or you can read about other paths to your desired degree – just in case the final entry threshold is still higher than your ATAR.

We’re here to support you

I know applying for university can be a daunting and complicated process. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our wonderful support staff if you need some guidance or even if you just want to chat about your options at UQ.

Contact us for help

We can’t wait to welcome you to the UQ community

Many things have changed since the pandemic, but some crucial things remain true.

Our teachers are still passionate experts in their field, ready to help you unlock your potential and prepare for any future. Our facilities are still second to none, ready to equip you with the practical skills and experience to conquer any workplace. And our graduates are still the most employable in Queensland, ready to lead the state, the country and the world into a brighter future.

I wish you all the very best for the remainder of this year, and I hope you will apply to study at UQ in 2023.

Best wishes,


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