Take the stress out of Year 12 with a STAR Early Offer.

The STAR program allows you to secure your place in a Southern Cross University degree before your ATAR results are even released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and give you a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on your ATAR.

Why should I apply for STAR?

This program allows you to gain an offer into a Southern Cross University course of your choice, based on your high school grades and your school principal’s recommendation.


This means that STAR does not take your ATAR into consideration. It’s free to apply through STAR and it’s a simple online application.

What can I study?

You can apply for any undergraduate degree program offered at Southern Cross University across our three campuses as well as online study. With such a broad range of degrees on offer, it’s an amazing opportunity to think about your skills, your passions and your future.

We can assist you with finding the degree you like and exploring all the exciting places it can take you!

Who is eligible?

Any student completing Year 12 studies at an Australian school in 2020 can apply.

How does it work?

STAR has three levels based on your high school grades. These levels are:

  Star key dates

  • Applications open: 2 April 2020
  • Applications close: 11 September 2020
  • QLD school recommendations close: 18 September 2020
  • NSW school recommendations close: 25 September 2020
  • NSW offers released: 9 November 2020
  • QLD offers released: 18 November 2020

  How to apply

Applying for STAR is easy! It should only take you about 10 minutes.

  1. Create an application at any time through our STAR website scu.edu.au/star, nominating your degree and campus of choice.
  2. Your application will be saved and you can change your course and location preference all the way up until the closing date.
  3. Your school will then assess your application and make their recommendation according to Southern Cross University’s guidelines.
  4. If you need assistance with the process, you can book an appointment with one of our student advisers who can answer any questions you have.
    Call 1800 626 481
  5. Once offers are released, we’ll be in touch and let you know what the next step is.

STAR Platinum

Students who qualify at this level may gain entry into any Southern Cross University undergraduate degree, including Midwifery*, Education, Engineering, and Law.

*Midwifery entry is subject to written selection criteria and a competitive interview process.

Entry Requirements

Students should achieve an average grade of:

  • HA – High Achievement across all subjects in QLD; or
  • Band 4 across all subjects in NSW.

AND have received a principal’s recommendation into their chosen degree.

STAR Entry

This level of the program allows early offer access to a broad range of innovative Southern Cross degrees, but does not include our Midwifery, Education, Engineering and Law degrees.

Entry Requirements

Students should:

  • Be passing all Year 12 subjects, and/or
  • Have received a principal’s recommendation into their chosen degree.

STAR Pathway

This level of the program provides an access point for students who may not have gained the academic outcome they’d hoped for, but who still would like to go to university.

Students will be recommended into one of the following Southern Cross University pathways:

  • a relevant Diploma
  • the Transition to Uni program or
  • our Preparing for Success at SCU Program (PSP).

Upon successful completion of the pathway, students can then commence study in a Southern Cross course.