Applying FAQs

Applying FAQs

Before you apply

Can I apply?

You can apply for the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme if you are completing the New South Wales Higher School Certificate, ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate in 2020 and:

  • you want to make a positive change in our world;
  • you’re a leader in your community and are actively involved in leadership, service or work while you were in Year 11 or Year 12; and
  • you’re consistently achieving a high standard of results at school.

When can I apply?

Applications open in Term 2, 2020.

How do I apply?

Download, complete and save the Supporting Information Form before completing your online application.

Once you’ve completed the Supporting Information Form, apply online.

You can access a webinar recording of how to apply here.

Please note that you may only upload the Supporting Information Form once. Ensure the form is completed properly before uploading, or your application will be treated as invalid and will not be considered.

Can I apply for more than one course?

You can include up to five preferences in your application. We will assess your application and determine if you meet the criteria for your preferences. We will begin at your first preference and move down to your fifth or last preference. We will make you an offer to the highest eligible preference in any offer round.

Are there any conditions attached to the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme offer?

There are no requirements, such as ATAR, to receive your offer. However, applicants must complete their Year 12 examinations (10 units of HSC courses, including at least eight units from Category A courses) or comparable ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate subjects.

Please note additional criteria to receive an offer for Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and its double degrees.

What is the selection criteria?

There are two parts of the selection process:

  1. Demonstration of leadership, service and work through the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers supporting information form and reflection.
  2. Year 11 average score.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and its double degrees are required to undertake HSC Mathematics Extension 1, IB Higher Level Maths and ACT Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (double major).

I have received an unsuccessful letter for the courses I listed. I then changed my course preferences but I didn’t get an outcome letter for my new course preference. Why?

You do not meet the requirements to get into courses via the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers program. However, you can consider other entry options such as Schools Recommendation Scheme and Academic Entry Program. Use our Macquarie Entry Navigator to compare all entry programs and work out which ones suit you.

Do I require a recommendation from the principal or can it come from anyone?

No, applicants do not need to obtain recommendation. However, you will need to provide a referee who is familiar with your participation for each activity you demonstrate in Part 4 of the Supporting Information Form. You’ll also need to provide details of one referee from your school in Part 3 of the form for your application. This may be the school principal or their nominee such as a careers adviser, year adviser/coordinator or head teacher.

Referees are not required to provide any supplementary written recommendation. However, please notify the referees as Macquarie University may contact them.

How many places are available through the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme?

Offer(s) will be made to eligible applicants. However, there may be limited places for some courses. It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible to be considered for the course/s of your choice.

How is my application assessed?

Your application will be assessed in two parts.

1.Demonstrated achievement through examples of leadership, service or work.

Assessors will consider your examples against:

  • activities with meaningful contribution to the community and development
  • activities that illustrate regular and sustained commitment
  • activities that illustrate initiative
  • responses that demonstrate your ability to reflect on your experiences and how you can apply your learning in the future.

2. Academic capability

Assessors will consider:

  • your Year 11 average result.

If I'm selected as a Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme student, what are the benefits while I'm still at school?

You’ll be able to:

  • receive a prestigious early offer for your dream course.
  • become familiar with life as a Macquarie student at your exclusive orientation session
  • participate in networking activities to get to know other students starting uni just like you

How do I select which service, work or leadership examples to include?

  • Prioritise activities where you made an active contribution and with the greatest level of achievement, commitment or passion.
  • You may only list activities undertaken during Year 11 and Year 12. However, you may include activities that you commenced prior to this time and continued during these years.

Do I need to demonstrate a minimum consistent commitment in my examples?

We recommend you list at least one activity on the Supporting Information Form. There's no minimum requirement for the duration of the activities you participate in. All the activities you’ve participated in will be taken into consideration. Activities in which you’ve demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment will be looked upon favourably.

What school results are considered as part of my application?

All Year 11 results from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) or from your school are part of the selection criteria and will be taken into consideration in the assessments.

Where can I watch the Leaders & Achievers webinar recording?

You can access the recording here.

Watch to find out how to apply from Macquarie students who also gained early entry:

  • how to put together a strong application
  • how to showcase your community involvement or voluntary work
  • about the application process and key dates
  • what you need to submit with your application.

After you apply

How do I check if my application has been received?

On submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email to your nominated email address.

You may also log in to your application to check your application status.

Do I need to accept my offer within a certain timeframe?

You're advised to accept your offer within two weeks from the date of the offer.

We encourage eligible students to accept their offer as soon as possible to secure their place.

Once I’ve received an offer, can I change my course preferences to be considered for another offer so I can maximise my opportunities?

Yes, you can. Follow the offer round timetable to change your preference for it to be considered in the next available offer round.

I received an offer and changed my preferences but I didn’t get an outcome for my new course preference. Why?

While you met the requirements for a course in your original list of preferences, you may not have met the requirements for an offer for your new list of preferences.

Once I've received an offer, can it be taken away? For example, if I didn't end up getting the Selection Rank advertised for the course?

A Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme offer is assessed based on your application, so your senior secondary exam results won’t change the outcome of your application through this program.

However, it's very important for you to complete your Year 12 studies and achieve a high standard of results.

Your Year 12 results are a record of your overall academic achievement and will be useful for employment, internship and leadership opportunities in which academic achievement is included in selection criteria.

How does this offer impact on other entry programs or schemes?

Your application to Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme does not prevent you from applying for other programs. An offer made via this program does not prevent you from receiving offers to other courses, including through the Schools Recommendation Scheme or Academic Entry Program.

Do I still need to apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)?

No, you are not required to apply via UAC. The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme offer is an official offer to you and you are able to accept your offer upon receiving the offer letter via email.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes, you can follow the steps and conditions to defer your offer.

I’ve changed my mind about which course I want to do, but I’ve already applied. Can I change my course?

Yes, you can change your course preference/s in your application any time before each preference closing date.

How do I find out the status of my application?

You can check your application status in your application.

How do I update my personal details?

You can update your personal details in your application.

How do I appeal a decision?

You can email

What do I do if I’m asked for more documentation?

You may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your application. You can do this by logging in to your application and following the steps to upload the additional documents.

I applied for the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme by the closing date, but I didn’t receive a confirmation email and haven’t heard anything. What do I do?

You can log in to your application  and review the status of your application.

I want to make a late application due to extenuating circumstances. What do I do?

We cannot accept late applications.

I am worried about how I might cope with university-level studies. Is there any academic support?

Yes, the University provides free workshops and online resources to help you with academic writing, referencing, exam strategies and more. Visit our Learning Skills page for more information.

We also offer assistance with mathematics and statistics through the Numeracy Centre. You can choose from a free drop-in service, weekly workshops for some first-year courses, bridging programs, preparatory courses and some online resources. Visit our Numeracy Centre page for more information.

How will I find out the outcome of my application?

We will notify you via the nominated email address provided in your application on the next applicable offer release date. Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed and assessed. This process may take up to six weeks.

I have been made an offer. What are the next steps?

  1. Click on the link in the outcome email you have received to accept the offer and register for an orientation session.
  2. Attend the orientation session and learn more about the program and opportunities on offer.

Content owner: Admissions Last updated: 05 Feb 2020 11:23am

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