Overview and key dates

The STAR Early Offer program enables Year 12 students to gain an early offer on the basis of their school Principal's recommendation. Our aim is to match an individual student to a particular course based on their demonstrated level of academic achievement and their likelihood of success in their chosen discipline.

We have created three program levels, providing students with more degree options and to ensure you have a clear framework for recommending students from your school.


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

STAR Entry

Students who qualify at this level of the program have access to a broad range of innovative Southern Cross degrees, but does not include our Education, Engineering and Law degrees.

STAR Pathway

This level of the program provides an access point to students whom for whatever reason may not have gained the academic outcome they had hoped for, but still desire 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

The STAR Early Offer Assessment Guide should be used in conjunction with the following program entry requirements to guide your recommendations.

* Please note STAR Early Offer does not include the Bachelor of Midwifery.

RecommendationEntry Requirements
STAR Platinum For students who are achieving average grades of:
  • B or above across all subjects in QLD or
  • Band 4 across all subjects in NSW
STAR Entry For students who are passing all their subjects and/or for whom you believe have the potential for strong academic performance and are well suited academically for their chosen discipline.
STAR Pathway For students who have not reached a level of academic achievement required to enter directly into an undergraduate degree.

STAR key dates for 2021

StateApplications openApplications closeRecommendations closeStudents advised of outcome
NSW 5 May 30 September (extended) 13 October (extended) from 9 November
QLD 5 May 10 September (extended) 13 October (extended) from 9 November

The information contained in this document is correct at time of publication and the University reserves the right to make alterations to any information without notice.