If your ATAR was not what you hoped for and too low to get you into your first preference at university DON'T PANIC. If you just missed out, you may get a second round offer. What Degree Which University has a helpful article with advice on how to get into your preferred degree. They also advise to accept an offer in case you end up with no offers at the end of the process.
According to an article in the Herald Sun earlier this month by Dr Michael Thorne, here are some alternatives:
• Direct entry
• Midyear entry
• Using another university as a stepping stone
• Attending a regional university campus (and transferring later, if you want)
• Enrolling in a Diploma or Associate Degree
• Studying online
• Studying interstate
• Studying overseas
• Starting with a TAFE or polytechnic
• Doing a single subject as a starting point
• Using a pathway college, and
• Enrolling with a private provider.
If difficulties beyond your control affected your results (e.g. illness or disability) you can apply for Educational Access Schemes EAS.
Contact your preferred university and check which alternate pathways are available. Most university websites have information on alternate pathways such as portfolio applications and bridging courses. Students in Western Australia have until the 5th January to apply or rearrange their preferences.
There is always a possiblity it is the universe trying to steer you in another direction.