You may be wondering what happens after you have applied for a CQU course via one of our many application channels.

First, your application will be assessed, either by CQU or the Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) you applied via. If your application meets the entry requirements needed to gain entry to a course, you will then be sent an offer to study with CQU. If you receive an offer, it is important to read the details carefully, as your offer email will let you know how to respond and the relevant timeframes for doing so.

On this page, you can read about offer information for domestic students, including:

  • how applications are assessed
  • the different types of offers you may receive
  • your options when responding to an offer.

To view offer advice specific to international students, please visit International Students > Accept Your Offer.

Assessment of Applications

Before offers are made, all applications for CQU's courses are assessed against the specific course entry requirements.

Below you can learn more about how undergraduate and postgraduate applications are assessed.

Whether you have applied via a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) or directly to CQU for an undergraduate course, the assessment of your application is based on:

  • satisfaction of English Language Proficiency requirements;
  • achievement of Selection Rank standards including evaluation of ATAR scores;
  • satisfaction of any prerequisite requirements which may include but is not limited to senior subjects, auditions, previous qualifications or statements of intent; and the
  • evaluation of any adjustment factors such as regional or equity schemes.

Admission to a course is a competitive process and offers are made based on the merit of performance in meeting the entry requirements of a course as well as the number of places that are available in that specific course. This means that in some instances, applicants will satisfy the entry requirements but may not receive an offer as there are more qualified applicants than available places.

Please note that undergraduate applications submitted to a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) are generally assessed by the TAC on behalf of CQUniversity.

Adjustment Schemes for Undergraduate Applicants

Adjustment factors that CQUniversity take into consideration when assessing an applicant’s Selection Rank are regional or equity-based. These schemes apply to all undergraduate courses except for CQU's Bachelor of Education courses.

Regional Adjustment Factors Scheme

The regional adjustment factors scheme recognises that applicants from regional and remote Australia may not always have the same opportunities as applicants from capital cities. Therefore, all eligible applicants applying through Tertiary Admissions Centres (QTAC, UAC and VTAC) from non-metropolitan areas with a preference for CQUniversity will receive an automatic adjustment equivalent to two ATAR positions or two selection rank improvements.

CQU's Equity Schemes

CQUniversity’s Equity Schemes are designed for prospective students who may have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted previous or current studies. To be considered for an equity scheme, you will need to apply individually to the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC, UAC, VTAC) for a confidential assessment of your circumstances by a Specialist Assessor.

Adjustment Scheme Caps

Overall adjustments are capped at a maximum of 10 ATAR positions or 10 selection rank improvements from these schemes. Please note the total adjustments an applicant is eligible to receive for CM17 Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) is capped at 5 ATAR positions or 5 selection rank improvements for all eligible adjustment schemes.

Elite Athlete, Coach or Performer

CQUniversity does not apply adjustments to an applicant's selection rank for elite athlete, coach or performer status. However, we do participate in the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network and provide support to recognised elite athletes, coaches and performers. For more information, visit our Policy Portal to view our Elite Athlete, Coach and Performer Policy and Procedure.

Age of Applicants for Undergraduate Courses

Applicants to undergraduate courses (excluding the Start Uni Now program) who are under 17 years of age as of 1 November for the Term 3 admission period, 31 January for the Term 1 admission period or 1 July for the Term 2 admission period, who do not have a completed Year 12 qualification may only be considered for admission if their qualifications and level of attainment are acceptable to the Manager, National Admissions and Student Services.

Postgraduate applications are assessed against the specific course's entry requirements.

As an applicant, you must satisfy all entry requirements to receive an offer, so be sure to provide all the necessary documentation to accompany your application.

Admission to a course is a competitive process, and offers are made based on the merit of performance in meeting the entry requirements of a course as well as the number of places that are available in that specific course. This means that in some instances, applicants will satisfy the entry requirements but may not receive an offer as there are more qualified applicants than available places.

Types of Offers

If your application is successful, you'll be sent an offer email to the email account you nominated on your application. It is important to read your offer carefully and print or save it in a safe place.

Full Offer

If you receive a full offer, you have met all of the entry requirements. With a full offer, you can accept and enrol for the offered commencement date.

Conditional Offer

If you receive a conditional offer, you must meet the condition/s by providing supporting documentation before the due date listed on the offer. If you do not meet the condition/s, your offer will be cancelled.


When you receive an offer from CQU, the offer email will outline how to respond and accept your offer and the due date for doing so.

To accept your offer, follow the instructions in your offer email and ensure you respond by the due date.

QTAC Offers

You will need to accept your offer through QTAC.  Once you have accepted your offer through QTAC, click on the link ‘Enrol at CQU’.  This will link you through to CQU's MyCQU Student Portal, which steps you through how to enrol in your units and prepare to commence study.

Other Offers

You can accept your offer through CQU's MyCQU Student Portal.

MyCQU steps you through the process of accepting your offer, enrolling in units (subjects) and preparing to commence your studies.

Other helpful info

You will also find some key information and useful steps to help you along the way as you enrol in your course - visit Enrolment Made Easy.

Your offer letter may include a lapse date, also known as the enrolment due date. If your offer lapse date or enrolment due date has passed,  you may still be able to accept your offer. Please contact 13 27 86 to discuss your options.

You can accept the offer after the offer lapse date/enrolment due date other than for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) (CM17)
  • Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography (CG91)
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging (CG92)
  • Bachelor of Oral Health (CB29)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (CB85)
  • Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology/Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography (CV69)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (CL91)
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Science (CG95)
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (CM40)

If you applied through QTAC and your offer has lapsed (other than for the courses listed above), please call QTAC on 1300 467 822 and advise them that you do wish to accept your offer and request that they reinstate it so that you are able to accept.  Make sure you have your applicant ID number available. The QTAC system will then direct you to the next step to complete your enrolment.

Once you have formally accepted an offer, you will not be able to defer admission; however, some courses may allow you to start at a later term by enrolling into a later term of study.

Not all courses will permit you to commence at a later date, in particular any competitive or quota course. You will be required to submit a new admission application or change your preference with the Tertiary Admission Centre to commence at a later date.

If you have received an offer via the Principals Recommendation Scheme, you are not eligible to defer your offer and will need to submit a new application when you wish to commence your studies.

If you are an International student and would like to defer your course commencement, you must connect with CQUniversity by emailing

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If you have questions or would like help reviewing or responding to an offer, we are here to help.

You can request a callback from a member of our Student Engagement Team.



If you are unsuccessful in your application and you don't receive an offer, you'll be notified of the outcome by email.

At this point, you may like to consider one of our alternate pathway options, including one of our TAFE courses or our Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS). Or, you may be eligible for an Education Access Scheme.

Educational Access Scheme

You may be eligible for entry via an Educational Access Scheme. To learn more about this Scheme, visit the QTAC Education Access Scheme website or call 1300 467 822.

Review of Application Assessment

If you believe the University failed to assess your credentials for entry to a specific course properly, you can seek a review of your case by contacting our Student Admissions and Advice Centre on 13 27 86.

Your request will be assessed in accordance with the Admission to CQUniversity Coursework Courses Policy and Procedure. Visit our Policy Portal to view this policy.

Once you have accepted your offer, your next step is to enrol. Read more about enrolling at CQUniversity on our enrol page.

If you need more information about applying or want to know more about the application options available, head to our apply page.