Macquarie University

2021 entry at Macquarie University
A message from the Future Students’ Director


These are unprecedented times. We are all facing challenges on every level – personal, family, business and education.

The situation has disrupted the educational environment at school and at university. We have had to adapt quickly to new ways of delivery and communication with our students at university and at schools.

At Macquarie, we have transitioned to online learning as much as possible for our current students. We have had to rethink how we engage with schools and our prospective students. We have been working hard in recent weeks to develop online and virtual alternatives to our traditional on-campus events and school visits. I thank you for your patience as we navigate this new environment.

I understand that there is considerable anxiety among your Year 12 students and their parents and carers around the HSC and university entry for 2021.

Macquarie, for some time now, has not looked at ATAR as the sole criteria for entry to the university. We value the “whole” student and recognise personal circumstances and achievements beyond the classroom through our range of entry pathways. In fact, only a small percentage of our intake each year enters the university based solely on their ATAR score.

You may have seen that other universities have decided to admit students in 2021 based on Year 11 results. At Macquarie, we have been doing this for some time now through our early entry schemes. Students are offered a place at Macquarie before their final results are released.

I’d like to highlight these two early entry schemes and encourage your Year 12 students to consider applying.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers
The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme is for those students who have been active in their school and community with extra-curricular activities and leadership positions. This scheme considers Year 11 results and participation in activities that have developed them as an individual during Years 11 and 12. We understand that due to current circumstances extra-curricular and community activities have been limited. However, rest assured that for this scheme, it is not about length of time spent on an activity, but the role of the student, what was gained from participation and the personal growth. Applications for this scheme will open on 1 June and will close on 31 August. More information will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

Schools Recommendation Scheme
The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) assesses students using their Year 11 results and an assessment from their school regarding aptitude. Students may apply for SRS as part of their UAC application. Offers to Macquarie are made to students who meet the criteria before main round offers.

For both of these schemes, students must still complete their Year 12 schooling successfully.

We also have our adjustment factorsAcademic Entry ProgramAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathwaydiploma, foundation and intensive programs as other entry pathways to Macquarie.

My team are here to assist with any queries you may have regarding university entry and will work with you in how best to engage with your school and parent community to ensure that they are informed with regard to Macquarie University entry.

Please share this information with your school community and parents.

If you have any questions please call us on (02) 9850 6767 or email us at

Kind regards,

Lee-ann Norris
Executive Director, Future Students
Macquarie University