- Elite Athlete and Performer adjustments: Adjustments available on the basis of the applicant’s sporting or artistic prowess.
- Equity adjustment: Adjustment available on the basis of characteristics associated with disadvantage.
- Subject adjustment: Adjustment available on the basis of the particular relevance to the academic requirements of a higher education program of a secondary subject that the applicant undertook.
- Maximum adjustment: The maximum total adjustments possible to an applicant’s Selection Rank from the combination of all adjustments they are eligible for.
- Higher education study: Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education program, whether at a university or non-university provider.
- Vocational education and training (VET) study: Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a VET course.
- Work and life experience (includes less recent secondary results or where selection rank is below the minimum requirement): Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then. Extended time limits from completion of secondary education may apply to the experience based entry scheme.
- Recent secondary education: Applicants whose admission is based mostly on secondary education undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year or within the previous two years.
- Australian Year 12 or international equivalent
- Completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 or higher
- Minimum 1 year of full time enrolment (1.0 FTE) in a single bachelor program study
- All applicants must meet ANU admission requirements. With the exception of offshore programs where the entire program is taught and examined in a language other than English, all applicants must meet the ANU English language requirements. The English language requirements for admission policy outlines approved methods for meeting the English language requirements. Documents supporting an application for admission must comply with current standards and may be subject to a back to source audit.
- Eligibility for admission into a program does not guarantee selection into a program. Entry to all awards at ANU are on a competitive basis in line with the strategic plan.
- ANU has final discretion on admitting applicants.
- Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria for admission may be denied admission on the basis that:
- a program or diversity target has reached the maximum number of students;
- an applicant is deemed by the university not to meet the GTE requirements specified by the Department of Home Affairs;
- suitable supervision is not available for an applicant seeking admission to a degree of Bachelor Honours (honours year program) or Master Advanced program.
- The University places restrictions on the admission of students under the age of 18. For information please refer to the Underage student management policy.
- Any breaches in admissions standards, including conflict of interest (refer to the Conflict of interest and commitment policy) are reported to the Academic Quality and Assurance Committee, Academic Board and the Vice Chancellor.
Undergraduate domestic applicants (non-degree transfer)
- Domestic school leaver applicants apply to the University via the direct Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application.
- Domestic non-school leaver applicants apply to the University via University Admission Centre (UAC).
- Applicants who do not meet the direct entry requirements may be considered for ANU Pathway Programs or apply under the ANU Supplementary Admission Schemes or Experience Based Entry Scheme. Detailed information about each scheme and how to apply is given in
- Table 1: ANU Pathway Programs;
- Table 2: Supplementary Admission Schemes; and
- Table 3: Experience Based Entry Scheme.
- Applicant Selection Rank for Admissions:
- Recent secondary education applicants who have not attempted any further studies will be assessed on the basis of their ATAR or ATAR equivalent and any adjustment factors where applicable.
- Higher education study applicants who have completed a minimum of one-year full time equivalent bachelor studies will be assessed on the basis of their best tertiary results from all assessable qualifications.
- Vocational education and training (VET) study applicants will be assessed on the basis of their best results from completed VET qualification at AQF level 5 or higher. If the VET qualification is incomplete, applicants will be assessed on the basis of their best secondary study results.
- Work and life experience applicants will be assessed on the basis of the Experience Based Entry Scheme where applicable.
Table 1: ANU pathway programs
University Preparation Program (UPP)
Table 2: Supplementary entry schemes
National Access Scheme (Adjustment Factors)
Home-schooled applicants submit either the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (including both the Multiple Choice and Written English components) or the American Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The test will be assessed in conjunction with a portfolio by the ANU Admissions Office.
Candidates apply for admission to the ANU via the approved admission process.
Candidates then submit additional documentation to support their application. The documentation needs to demonstrate status as an elite athlete.
Table 3: Experience based entry schemes
Mature age or adult entry Scheme: Special Adult Entry Scheme (SAES)
Mature age entry at ANU refers to domestic undergraduate applicants who are 21 or over and do not have assessable qualifications or whose qualifications do not meet the University’s entry requirements. Applicants are selected on the basis of their performance in two Special Tertiary Admission Tests (STAT):
Applicants are considered for admission to the ANU on the basis of work experience. Work experience must meet the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) scale, with a minimum skill level of 2 and with a minimum duration of five years’ work experience or higher. Work experience is not considered for all programs. Applicants must provide a statement of service for each work experience.
Admissions procedures for undergraduate international applicants
- Admission to most undergraduate coursework programs is on a competitive basis. Applicants are assessed, and where applicable ranked, by the delegated authority in accordance with the admissions requirements as published at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/.
- The university will consider academic achievement, English language ability and diversity targets, outlined in the University’s strategic plan, when ranking students for selection.
Type of applicants
International applicants completing an Australian Year 12, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand NCEA Level 3 in the current or the year prior to admission.
Applicants apply through UAC International.
Applicants apply direct through ANU Admissions Office.
Table 4: International ANU pathway programs
Applicants apply through ANU College
Applicants apply through ANU College.
Undergraduate Degree Transfer
- Applicants applying for degree transfer will be assessed by the delegated authority as follows:
- If applying for degree transfer with less than 1 year of full time equivalent enrolment (1.0 FTE) at ANU in an undergraduate degree, applicants will be assessed on the selection rank, excluding adjustment factors that was used for admission to the University.
- If applying for degree transfer with 1 year of full time equivalent enrolment or greater (1.0 FTE), applicants will be assessed on the basis of this study.
- Students eligible to apply for a degree transfer have:
- completed at least 1 semester full time equivalent of study at ANU; and
- met the conditions of sponsorship which do not prevent a degree transfer, if applicable; and
- no outstanding fees.
- Degree transfer applications are submitted through ANU ISIS by the published deadline.
Admission procedures for Honours applications
- Applicants apply direct via ANU Admissions Office, including any additional research portfolios as instructed.
Admission procedures for domestic Graduate coursework applications
- Admission to most postgraduate coursework programs for domestic applicants is on a competitive basis. Applicants are assessed and ranked by the delegated authority in accordance with the admissions requirements as published at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au
- Domestic applicants apply through UAC at http://www.uac.edu.au/postgraduate/, except in the following circumstances:
- Applicants apply directly to the ANU Admissions Office for the following programs:
- Master of Legal Practice
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
- Master of Science Communication Outreach
- Applicants applying to Doctor of Medicine and Surgery apply through GEMSAS
- All domestic graduate coursework programs offered by the Crawford School of Public Policy
Admission procedures for international Graduate coursework applications
- International applicants apply directly to the ANU Admissions Office.
- Admission to most postgraduate coursework programs is on a competitive basis. Where ranking is applied, applicants are assessed and ranked by the delegated authority in accordance with the admissions requirements as published at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/
- The university will consider academic achievement, English language ability and diversity targets, outlined in the University’s strategic plan, when ranking students for eligibility.
- International qualifications are assessed according to the ANU approved admission assessment manual. In lieu of an approved admissions assessment manual applicants will be assessed using the ANU Grade Point Average calculator tool.
Graduate Coursework Admission based on Professional Experience
- Where a case for admission includes informal and non-formal learning gained through professional experience, applicants provide:
- a curriculum vitae clearly identifying periods of full-time and part-time professional experience;
- the contact details of two referees who can verify the experience;
- a statement addressing the relevant learning outcomes of the program as specified in Policy: Recognition of Prior and External Learning;
- A statement from the employer confirming relevant experience, alternative evidence verifying the professional experience or a statement why such a statement cannot be provided.
- Programs that require applicants to provide alternative documentation to that listed in 23(a)-(c) publish details of the allowable alternative documentation in the Admission Requirements section for the program on Programs and Courses (https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/).
- The University may request additional information and evidence for the admission assessment.
Graduate Degree Transfer
- Applicants applying for a degree transfer will be assessed by the delegated authority in accordance with the admission requirements as published at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/.
- Students eligible to apply for degree transfer have:
- completed 1 semester full time equivalent of study at ANU; and
- met the conditions of sponsorship which do not prevent degree transfer, if applicable; and
- no outstanding fees.
- Degree transfer applications are submitted through ANU ISIS by the published deadline.
- Undergraduate and graduate coursework applicants apply for non-award study using the Application for Non-Award Admission form.
Cross Institutional Study
- Cross institutional study occurs when a student undertakes courses at one institution (the host provider) while formally enrolled for an award at another institution (the home provider), where there is an arrangement for recognition of study by both institutions.
- Students from other institutions wishing to study at ANU submit an Application for Cross Institutional Studies to the ANU Admissions Office. Applicants applying for cross institutional study must meet the ANU minimum admission requirements.
Notifying Admission Outcomes
- Applicants receive a formal notification of the outcome of their application. The notification, sent by e-mail, will be a full offer, a conditional offer, or a letter indicating an unsuccessful application.
- If applicants apply through UAC, the notification will be sent from UAC on advice from the University.
- A summary of accepting, deferring or declining an offer is outlined below.
Type of applicants
Accepting an offer
Deferring an offer/requesting reassessment for a future intake
Declining an offer
Direct Domestic Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation Applicants
Domestic UAC applicants
Applicants meet any outstanding conditions of the offer and complete the relevant online acceptance form by the published deadline
Applicants meet any outstanding conditions of the offer, complete the acceptance declaration and payment advice and the financial declaration form and pay their tuition fee deposit. http://students.anu.edu.au/ap plications/acceptpayadvicefin dec.pdf
- Applicants apply to the University after the expiration of the period of exclusion. Periods of exclusion may be up to 5 years according to the ANU Academic Progress Rule, or indefinitely according to the ANU Discipline Rules. Applicants must disclose details about their exclusion in their application and demonstrate that they have successfully completed an assessable qualification for admission to ANU, following the exclusion decision.
Review of Decisions and Appeals
- Appeals are considered in accordance with the ANU Coursework Awards Rule.
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|Effective Date||13 Jan 2021|
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|Contact Area||Division of Student Administration and Academic Services|
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018
Coursework Awards Rule 2016 (No. 2)