Qualified students who have a merit rating lower than other students who have applied can be offered a reserve place, which means the student has been placed on a waiting list.

What are my chances of being offered a place?

The chances of actually being offered a place depend on several factors:

  • The popularity of the course or programme. In order to be offered a place, students who have been admitted need to decline their place. This seldom happens with the more popular courses and programmes.

  • How many students who don't accept their place. Reserve students are only offered places left vacant by students who have been accepted. It can vary from year to year depending on how many of the students offered places actually decide to keep them.

  • Your reserve number. If you have a lower reserve number, there are fewer students in front of you that will be offered any place that becomes available. Please note that, considering popularity of different programmes, having a reserve number of "1" doesn't guarantee you'll be offered a place. 

When and how will I know if I've been offered a place?

Those who applied on-time are considered first. They receive an admissions notification with their results. After this, universities consider applicants with late applications. This process begins after the admissions results are published.

If you're on a waiting list (reserve) and are then offered a place, you'll receive an email from University Admissions and an admissions notification. In most cases, the university will also notify you directly.

Last updated: 08 April 2019