Don't make these 3 common mistakes when picking your uni preferences

Year 12 can be an anxious time with pressure from parents and teachers (not to mention looming exams).

But don’t let the stress get to your head when it comes to picking your uni preferences – look out for these three common mistakes you don’t want to make.

1. You pick the courses with the highest entry ATARs rather than the courses you actually want to do

This is a mistake many Year 12 students make. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re ‘wasting’ your ATAR if you don’t squeeze every last decimal out of it to get into a course (especially one that you may not even be that interested in).

There’s no point starting a course that you only applied for because it was highly competitive. You’re less likely to succeed if you’re not passionate about the study area.

Besides, no one will even care what your score was in a year or two and ATAR doesn’t define you or your future. In fact, this is one of VU’s core beliefs – that’s why ATAR is no longer a consideration for many VU degrees.

2. You pick the uni that your parents or teachers think is the most prestigious, even though you know it’s not the right one for you

Every university has something wonderful to offer a particular range of students. But no one can make your uni choice for you better than you can make it for yourself. There are many things to consider when you’re picking the unis for your preference list.

Here are a few good questions to ask yourself:

These things can be more important for your future success than having a particular uni logo on your results sheet.

3. You panic about not getting your preference list 100% right

Take a deep breath – everything’s going to be okay.

After you submit your preference list, your decision doesn’t have to be final. You’ll still have the chance to change and shuffle your preferences in December, after you get your VCE results.

Even when you start uni – if you didn’t get into your first choice or you find that the course you picked isn’t right for you after all – there are always opportunities to transfer between courses and find the right pathway to your study and career goals.

Bonus tips from VU Admissions experts

We quizzed VU’s selection staff about some of the biggest preference blunders to avoid.

Every year they find that students unnecessarily miss out on an offer due to these five common mistakes:

  1. Not listing the course they most want to do as their first preference.
  2. Not following the direct application process for Vocational Education courses, or applying too late.
  3. Listing preferences for courses for which they don’t have the prerequisite subjects or otherwise meet the admission criteria.
  4. Not making the most of subject bonuses, early offer programs, special consideration schemes and supplementary rounds.
  5. Forgetting to pay their VTAC application fee.

Find out why VU is a great uni to preference

Want to find out why VU is a top choice for your preference list?

Find out more about VU and choose your course now.

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