Change of preference

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Changed your mind about the course you want to study? Get the support and advice you need during change of preference. We’re here to help you feel confident about your future – change your course preferences and put Deakin first.

What is change of preference?

In your final year of school? Congrats, it's the culmination of many years of life and learning experiences. It's huge. Around mid-year, you likely applied to uni through your state or territory's tertiary admissions centre. Did you know that when you submit an application, you can then update or change your course preferences at different times? This is what we call 'change of preference'.

So if you change your mind, change of preference allows you to add, remove or re-order courses on your preference list. Every year, thousands of Year 12s log in to their state or territory’s tertiary admissions centre to change preferences. Sometimes multiple times.

Why change your preferences?

You might want to change your preferences because your ATAR was lower or higher than expected, or you might have had a change of heart. The last chance to update your course preference starts when you get your Year 12 results – right before we start to make the main university offers in December.

Change of preference dates

If you're a Victorian resident, dates can be found on the VTAC website. For the main university offer round in December 2024 – change your preferences by 14 December (closes 4pm). You can also change your preferences during the January and February offer rounds, too. Not a Victorian resident? Your state or territory’s tertiary admissions centre will have info on how to apply and application closing dates. You can also check out our key dates for all the information you need.

Is your uni application ready?

If you’re a current Year 12 student, you can submit your application to VTAC in seven easy steps. Remember that every state and territory is different, so familiarise yourself with all the acronyms, like SEAS (special entry access scheme), by checking out your local admission centre or VTAC resources.

Ready to change your preferences?

Login to your your VTAC account or local admission centre account and open the course applications section.

  1. check your course entry requirements closely
  2. add, remove or reorder courses on your preference list – if you need to
  3. click on the ‘change my preference’ button to submit your change.

Remember, VTAC will offer you a place in the highest preference you’re eligible for. So, while it’s important to include courses you think you’ll get into, your top preferences should be the courses you want to get into – shoot for the stars!

Not in Year 12? Find out how to apply directly with Deakin.

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Did you know...

Order is important. You only receive one offer per round for the highest preference you are eligible for – so list courses in the order you want to study them, not the order in which you think you’ll get in. Remember, if you don’t get the offer you want in the first round, we recommend you accept your first offer, but try again for your preferred course during the second round.


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Waiting to receive your ATAR?

Waiting to receive your ATAR?

Our handy tools make it easy to take charge of your future. Use our ATAR calculator to estimate your ATAR, or estimate your scaled and raw study scores using our VCE study score calculator.

Didn’t get an offer to study at Deakin?

If you didn't get an offer to Deakin, you can still change your course preferences between offer rounds, as many times as you like. There is a pathway to Deakin!

Match your ATAR to another course at Deakin

If you didn’t get the ATAR you hoped for, there are a range of pathways to your ultimate course. Many students use alternate pathways to uni, like bridging courses and associate degrees. Or you could study the same course, but at a different campus.

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Did you know...

You can change your preferences as often as you like. Even if you accept your first offer you can still change it later to a course you’ve listed higher in your preferences.

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Ask a Deakin expert for help

Our friendly student advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options. Take advantage of personalised discussions with Deakin experts and get all the information you need about courses, pathways, scholarships and the VTAC process.

Ask your parent or caregiver for help

It's only natural to have lots of questions as you prepare for uni. Our Deakin experts have heaps of course advice and guidance through enrolment, but your parent or caregiver might have some great advice too. They survived VCE!

Have you thought about a scholarship?

When you preference Deakin you have access to a bunch of fantastic scholarships. Our scholarships recognise your achievements in and outside the classroom, and provide a financial boost throughout your journey at university.

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We're here to support you every step of the way

We're ready to help you make an informed choice. Our friendly Deakin experts are available to speak to you one-on-one about your preferences and how we can help you start your study journey at Deakin.

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