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Main Round Offer

1 Is the JUPAS Office responsible for the selection of applicants for admission to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions?

NO.  The JUPAS Office is NOT responsible for the selection of applicants for admission to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions.  The role of the JUPAS Office is solely to facilitate the administration of the applications process.

Determination of applicants' suitability for admission is entirely the decisions of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, and is entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.  Enquiries on the institutions' decisions should be directed to the institutions concerned.

2 What are merit order lists?  Are they compiled by the JUPAS Office?

Merit order lists are rating lists compiled by the programmes' admissions tutors of each JUPAS participating-institution and the SSSDP institution who will determine the applicants' suitability for admission.  They are NOT compiled by the JUPAS Office.  Such decisions are therefore entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.

Each programme of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions will give applicants who have applied to their programmes a rating in accordance with its criteria for selection.  Such rating will determine applicants' positions in the merit order list of each programme of their choices.

The JUPAS computer system will perform the "iteration process".  It will match the order of preference applicants have assigned to their programmes on their programme choice lists with the positions the applicants have been placed in each merit order list of these programmes.  The applicants will then be made offers of the highest priority on their programme choice lists for which they have the required rating.

Please refer to the section on Iteration Process.

3 When applicants apply for admission using their HKDSE Examination results, how will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions allocate the weighting of core subjects and elective subjects?

Allocation of the weighting of core subjects and elective subjects and the determination of applicants' suitability for admission are entirely the decisions of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, and are entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.  Enquiries on the institutions' decisions should be directed to the institutions concerned.

Applicants should also visit the JUPAS website, the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions' and the SSSDP institutions' websites to consult the general entrance requirements and individual programme requirements of the respective institutions for further information.

4 Can applicants decline their Main Round offers in order to be reconsidered in the Clearing / Subsequent Rounds?

NO.  Applicants with Main Round offers have been given offers of the highest possible priority on their programme choice lists for which they have the required rating and thus the Main Round offers they received are the BEST AND ONLY offers possible.  They will therefore NOT be reconsidered for admission to any other programmes in the Clearing or Subsequent Rounds, regardless of whether the Main Round offers are UGC-funded institution programmes, OUHK self-financing programmes, or SSSDP programmes.

Applicants who have failed to pay the acceptance fees on or before the deadline (i.e. 8 August 2017 (5:00 pm)*) or complete the registration / enrolment procedures at the institutions offering them admissions after payments of the acceptance fees will be regarded as having declined their Main Round offers, and they will NOT be reconsidered for admission to any other programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year (2017 – 2018).

The Main Round offers given to such applicants may then be offered to other applicants.

Please refer to the Summary of Arrangements for Announcement and Acceptance of Offers.

5 If Applicant A places a programme as the first choice and Applicant B, with better HKDSE Examination results than Applicant A, places the same programme as the third choice, who will be admitted first?

The 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions only have a general idea of how the applicants rank their programme choices.  They DO NOT have access to the actual priority of the programme choices of the applicants.  The preferences of the applicants are made known to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions in the form of 5 bands.  In the above example, the programme concerned does not know that Applicant A has placed its programme as his / her first choice, or that Applicant B has placed it as his / her third choice.  To the institutions, they are both Band A programmes.

Each programme of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions will then give applicants who have applied to their programmes a rating in accordance with its criteria for selection.  Such rating will determine applicants' position in the merit order list of each programme of their choices.  Whether Applicant A or Applicant B will ultimately be admitted will depend on their respective positions in the programme's merit order list.

In determining applicants' positions in the respective merit order lists, institutions' programmes will consider NOT ONLY the HKDSE Examination results.  Other factors taken into considerations may include performance in interviews and / or tests, banding of programme choices, HKDSE Examination results achieved by other applicants in the current year, the number of applicants applying to the programmes, other information provided by applicants in the online application forms etc.

Please refer to the section on Iteration Process.

6 If applicants have financial difficulties in paying the acceptance fees before the specified deadline, what should they do?

Applicants who have financial difficulties in paying the acceptance fees before the specified deadline should contact the institutions offering them admissions for advice and assistance.

The hotlines for financial assistance will be announced in due course.

7 How can applicants check the Main Round offer results if applicants are not in Hong Kong on the day of the announcement of the Main Round offer results?

Applicants can still check the Main Round offer results even if they are not in Hong Kong on the day of the announcement of the Main Round offer results.  The Main Round offer results will be announced as from 7 August 2017 (9:00 am)* through the following channels:

  1. JUPAS website;

  2. The websites of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions; and

  3. JUPAS Office 24-hour enquiry hotline at 2334 2330.

Please refer to the section on Main Round Offer.

8 How can applicants complete registration / enrolment procedures for the Main Round offers if they are not in Hong Kong during the designated period as specified by the institutions offering them admissions?

Applicants who are unable to register during the designated period should inform the institutions offering them admissions in advance so that alternative arrangements may be made, if possible.

Applicants who have failed to complete the registration / enrolment procedures at the institutions offering them admissions after payments of the acceptance fees will be regarded as having declined their Main Round offers, and they will NOT be reconsidered for admission to any other programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year (2017 – 2018).

Please refer to the section on Main Round Offer.

9 If applicants are given Main Round offers and they have accepted non-JUPAS programmes, can the fees paid for the non-JUPAS programmes be refunded?  How?

Applicants should contact the institutions offering them the non-JUPAS programmes for further information.

* Subject to changes