How does Change of Preference work?

It’s time to make what’s next count. Here’s what you can expect now that exams are over, from ATAR release to receiving a course offer.

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Finishing your final year of high school is no ordinary achievement. You’ve just finished a 13-year journey that featured building lifelong friendships, making unforgettable memories and studying lots along the way. Well done – your next adventure at RMIT is awaiting you! 

As you weigh up your study options after exams and when ATARs are released, you can reorder, add or remove courses from your VTAC preference list.  

We know it can be a little daunting to think about securing your place in a uni or TAFE course, so we’re here to lay out exactly what you can expect in the next few weeks. 

Step one: ATARs are released

If you’re a VCE student, your ATAR will be released online on Thursday 16 December from 7am AEDT. It’s completely normal to feel anxious or unsettled about the day, but being open with family and friends about how you’re feeling can help get you through the waiting game. 

Another tip to ease any nerves is to speak to your future uni and learn more about your study options. At RMIT, even if you don’t get the ATAR you need for your dream course, there are still pathway options, including Guaranteed Pathways, to help you get there. 

Remember that you can still adjust your course preference list before ATARs are released, so keep your options open and continue researching what might be best for you.  

ATAR Anxiety

If you thought completing your VCE was tough, waiting for your ATAR is even tougher. It's a stressful time when all of your hard work, effort and stresses of the last 12 months gets distilled into one number.

Understanding pathways

Don't meet the entry criteria? Pathways provide opportunities for you to transfer between RMIT courses.

Step two: Final rounds of Change of Preference begin

After ATARs are released, the final rounds of Change of Preference begin, and you can make an informed decision on what you’d like to study. Each round starts with deadlines for application, payment and preference changes, and ends with an offer from VTAC, notifying you of the highest course on your list that you’ve received an offer for.

You can change your preferences at any time, including between rounds, by following VTAC’s easy-to-follow guide

Remember: check the VTAC dates and fees page to ensure you’re submitting your preferences on time, as dates can vary depending on whether you’re a domestic or international student. It’s also important to be mindful that some courses have an early closing date, so chat to RMIT to double-check that you’re on the right track. 

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Step three: Receive and accept your offer

At the end of each Change of Preference round, it’s offer time. You’ll receive your offer for tertiary study in your email, on the dates outlined on the VTAC dates and fees page.

It’s rewarding to finally receive an offer for the course you want to study, but to secure your place and be officially enrolled for classes, you need to make sure you accept the offer. Your offer email will contain instructions on how to do this. 

If you choose not to accept your offer, or you change your mind after you’ve accepted, that’s okay: you still have other options. You can’t delete it from your preference list, however you can reorder or add new courses to your preference list instead, and wait for other offers during Change of Preference.

Didn't receive an offer? Don’t panic. You can choose to wait to see if an offer is made in subsequent offer rounds, or you can change your preferences again by adding or removing courses. 

Need help with deciding what's next?

Whether your next adventure will be leading the future of business, pushing creative boundaries, or breaking the rules in STEM, at RMIT we’re here to help you decide what’s next. We offer a range of support services for Year 12s and parents, including:

  • Phone services and live chat, where you can get your quick-fire questions answered, from course entry requirements to pathway options. 
  • Events that you can join with your parents or friends to pick up tips and advice throughout the Change of Preference period. 

For everything else you need to know about Change of Preference, including RMIT hours of operation, events contact details and answers to FAQs, visit the Change of Preference page.  

Good luck, and remember: the future is yours for the making.

 

Story: Pallavi Daniel

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.