Charles Sturt Advantage (Early Offer)

At Charles Sturt we want you to have the best possible start to your next chapter. With the Charles Sturt Advantage you can get a guaranteed spot in your course before you sit your final exams. Last year we made almost 5,000 early offers – and now it’s your turn!

The Charles Sturt Advantage is your chance to get into uni based on work you’ve already done and skills you already have.

Applications are open now and close Saturday 31 August, with offers made in late September.

Apply now

Keen to find out more about the program? Register for our upcoming online information sessions on Wednesday 3 July or Wednesday 21 August to learn more and ask any questions you have. If you can't make it to a session, you can watch our most recent recorded session here.

You've got what it takes

If you're successful you could receive a guaranteed offer – before you sit your exams. You'll then just need to complete your HSC (or equivalent), and meet any course requirements. You'll also receive exclusive support and can apply for Advantage scholarships based on your soft skills.

You can choose from our wide range of on-campus and online courses. If successful, you'll get exclusive support that will help you step into uni life with full confidence, including:

  • Be considered for exclusive Advantage scholarships based on your soft skills
  • Get guaranteed accommodation, with early access to apply
  • Get to know your lecturers before you start your course
  • Invitations to exclusive online events on scholarships, accommodation, orientation and more
  • Invitation to the exclusive Charles Sturt Advantage overnight Retreat in December, where you can meet new friends and get to know our campuses
  • Free tickets to paid Orientation Week events
  • Exclusive merch!

How it works

You can apply for the Advantage if you are in Year 12, have completed Year 11 and are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

This year, we'll have one round of offers. Our most competitive courses do fill, so make sure your application is as strong as possible.

How to apply

You apply online. You'll need to attach a pdf of your Year 11 results* and tell us three things:

  • How a Charles Sturt degree will enable you to be a positive influence in your community.
  • When you showed resilience during a difficult time.
  • A time when you demonstrated empathy and why you took the actions you did.

You can preference three courses in your application. If you’re successful, you’ll get an offer in order of your preferences.

*If you're in NSW, you can get your Year 11 results from your Students Online account. Simply go to My Account and select Enrolment details and results. Choose 2023 HSC (Preliminary) in the Currently Viewing drop-down menu and hit Certificates/eRecords to download a pdf. If you attend school in another state or territory, please upload a copy of your final Year 11 school report.

Answers to common questions

The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) focuses exclusively on your academic achievements. The Charles Sturt Advantage also considers your soft skills. Plus, it has an exclusive support program for successful students.

Yes. All CSA offers are conditional on you completing your HSC or equivalent. Even though you’ll have your offer to Charles Sturt, we still place immense importance on the studies you will complete in year 12.

The Charles Sturt Advantage is open to Year 12 students. To be eligible for the program, you’ll need to be a school leaver who:

  • has completed Year 11 and will be completing Year 12 in 2024
  • is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

Unfortunately not. The Charles Sturt Advantage is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens.

You can apply for up to three courses when you fill out your Charles Sturt Advantage application. If you’re successful, you’ll get an offer in order of your preferences. If you’re not successful, don’t stress. We have plenty of admission pathways that can get you where you want to go – and we’ll help guide you through the process.

Yes. Entry to the program is based on your Year 11 results and soft skills – not your ATAR. Whether you’re getting an ATAR or not, you can apply for the Charles Sturt Advantage if you meet the above requirements.

Yes, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve met all course entry requirements to begin study. Check your course entry requirements online for more information. These can include things like a minimum English language proficiency, work placement etc.

While there isn’t a limit on places in the Charles Sturt Advantage, some of our most competitive courses may have limits on the number of offers made via the program. So it’s important that you submit a strong application.

Competitive courses that are available through this program include:

  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Equine Science
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Health and Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

If you don’t receive an offer based on your first preference, we’ll consider your second and third preferences. So, make sure you select three course preferences.

Don’t stress! There are other ways to get into uni. You’ll still be considered for entry to Charles Sturt via the normal UAC/VTAC process during other rounds.

Yes. You can defer if your course normally allows for deferrals (this is the case for almost all of our undergrad courses).

Almost all offers are firm offers, which means all you need to do is complete year 12. We sometimes give a small amount of conditional offers to some of our most competitive courses.

If you receive a conditional offer, you will need to receive a certain ATAR to accept your offer.

If you want to change where or how you would like to study, you can contact us to discuss your options.

No, UAC/VTAC have different application and offer dates. You should check with your Careers Advisor or through the UAC/VTAC website to confirm them.