The STAR Early Offer program allows you to secure your place in a Southern Cross University degree before your ATAR/OP results are even released!

The Southern Cross STAR Early Offer program is designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide another pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on your ATAR or OP.

Why should I participate?

This program allows you to gain an offer into the 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/OP into consideration. It’s free to apply through STAR and it’s a simple online application.

Why choose Southern Cross?

Southern Cross offers world-class degrees, recognised by professional bodies that have strong links to industry. In addition to great degrees and graduate outcomes, we offer 5 star student support, the opportunity to travel and go on exchange overseas and the ability to live on campus at one of our residential colleges {at Lismore or Coffs}. University study can be a life-changing experience, and at Southern Cross your experience will be so much more than just attending your classes.

We also have a wide range of scholarships which you could be eligible for, ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $32 000!

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 to find the degree for you, and share all the exciting places it can take you!

How does it work?

All you need to do is lodge an application through this website between 1 May 2019 and 13 Sept 2019 nominating your degree and campus of choice. It’s an easy process that should only take you about 5-10 minutes! Your school will then assess your application and make their recommendation according to Southern Cross University guidelines.

There are three levels of the program that your school will use to guide their recommendation: STAR PlatinumSTAR Entry and STAR Pathway.

  1. What are the levels?

STAR Platinum

Students who qualify at this level are guaranteed entry into any Southern Cross University Undergraduate degree, including Midwifery, Education, Engineering, and Law.


  1. Students should achieve an average grade of:
    • HA – High Achievement across all subjects in QLD; or
    • Band 4 across all subjects in NSW, and
  2. Have received a principal's recommendation into their chosen course.

STAR Entry

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


  1. Students should be passing all Year 12 subjects, and/or
  2. Have received a principal's recommendation into their chosen course.

STAR Pathway

This level of the program provides an access point for students who may not have gained the academic outcome they had hoped for, but who still would like to go to uni. Students will be recommended in to one of the following pathways: a relevant Diploma, Transition to Uni Program or our Preparing for Success Program (PSP). Upon successful completion of the pathway, students can then commence study in their chosen degree.

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

The STAR early offer program is available to Year 12 students from our partner schools. Your school can sign up to the STAR program by contacting

Applying for STAR is easy! Create an application at any time through our STAR website. Your application will be saved and you can change your course and location preferences all the way up until the closing date.

You can also book an appointment with one of our Student Advisors who can assist you with this process and answer any questions you have by calling 1800 626 481.

Key Dates

  • Applications open: Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Applications close: Friday 13 September 2019
  • School recommendations close: Friday 27 September 2019
  • QLD students offers released: Wednesday 9 October 2019
  • NSW students offers released: Monday 11 November 2019

We’d be excited to have you as a part of the Southern Cross community in 2020. All the best with your year 12 studies!

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