Australian National University

Australian National University admission criteria

Admission to all ANU courses is on a competitive basis, taking into account all relevant academic qualifications. Course intakes are determined by the number of places available and the number of eligible applicants seeking entry to those courses. 

The qualifications outlined in the sections below will be considered when assessing your application. If you have completed an approved tertiary preparation course or pathway scheme, you will be assessed on the results of that scheme alone, unless you have undertaken subsequent study. 

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

If you are a 2017 or 2018 Australian Year 12 student, admission to ANU is based on your ATAR or equivalent. Applicants without an ATAR need to have a qualification that can be assessed as equivalent, such as a Year 12 certificate, diploma, associate degree, or a pathway program.

Most students admitted to ANU have an ATAR at or above the published lowest selection rank but various schemes allow the consideration of additional information, which may facilitate entry below that selection rank. These schemes include:

  • selection rank adjustments for strong performance in relevant Year 12 subjects
  • Educational Access Schemes (EAS)
  • Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Scheme
  • Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS).

LIMITED ATAR/ACT YEAR 12 (20 YEARS OLD AND OVER)

To be eligible to apply for admission in 2019 on the basis of an ACT or interstate Year 12 post-school package, you must be 20 years of age by Friday 1 March 2019. Not all interstate packages are acceptable.

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AUSTRALIANS

Indigenous applicants whose qualifications do not meet minimum admission criteria may be eligible for admission through ANU pathways

BRIDGING COURSES

ANU College offers a mathematics bridging course which can be used to satisfy ANU maths prerequisites. 

To find out more, visit the ANU College website.

ANU offers a chemistry bridging course which can be used to satisfy chemistry prerequisites. This course runs after the UAC January offer rounds, so applicants may want to consider including B Science as a preference. If you meet entry requirements and successfully complete the chemistry bridging course, you can apply direct to ANU to transfer to your desired course later. 

To find out more, visit the ANU website.

Applicants with higher education study

For admission to undergraduate courses at ANU, the following qualifications from an approved institution will be considered when assessing your eligibility: 

  • completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) associate degree, diploma or advanced diploma (except for admission to Law courses)
  • successful completion of at least one year’s full-time study load (1.0 FTE) of bachelor degree-level studies. 

A selection rank determined by the assessment of the above tertiary-level studies will supersede the ATAR or equivalent achieved during secondary studies. If you have achieved only part of the above, the ATAR or equivalent achieved in your secondary studies will take precedence. 

Note: The definition of what is considered a standard full-time study load can vary between universities. 

PRESENT AND FORMER ANU STUDENTS

If you are currently enrolled in an ANU course, or if you are on approved leave and you would like to transfer to another ANU course at the same level, you must apply directly to ANU for an internal program transfer. 

For further details about transferring between courses, visit the ANU website.

ANU alumni, students who have withdrawn from the University without completing their degree, and students who have been dismissed for non-enrolment or academic progress reasons, must apply for readmission through UAC. 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your previous academic performance at either secondary or tertiary level has been adversely affected by circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible to submit a ‘Request for Special Consideration (Admission)’ form to the Domestic Admissions Manager at ANU. This is in addition to applying for admission through UAC. The form and additional information is available on the ANU website.

Applications for special consideration must be received by Sunday 6 January 2019, the change of preference closing date for January Round 1 offers. 

Note: To apply for special consideration you must have completed at least one year of full-time tertiary study. Applicants with no tertiary study must apply through the Educational Access Schemes administered by UAC.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR DIPLOMA STUDENTS

Applicants completing an ANU associate degree, the ANU University Preparation Program or an ANU diploma offered through ANU College, which articulate into an associated ANU program, can apply directly to ANU. If you would like to apply for entry to the ANU University Preparation Program or a diploma you must apply through UAC. 

FAILURE OR EXCLUSION

Applicants with a record of failure are less competitive for a place than those with a successful academic history. If you have been excluded from study at any university you will not be considered for admission to ANU for up to five years. Following the exclusion period, you will need to demonstrate that you have successfully completed at least one year of full-time equivalent study load (1.0 FTE) of tertiary study to be considered.

OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications should contact the ANU Domestic Admissions Office for information about eligibility for admission before submitting an application through UAC. 

Note: The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) alone are not acceptable for admission to ANU. You must also submit a copy of your USA-accredited high school transcript and diploma to UAC when you apply. 

If you hold overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

To find out more, visit the ANU website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you are over 18 years of age, you can apply for admission on the basis of the NSW TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate. All other certificate-level qualifications are not assessed for entry to ANU and will not contribute to your selection rank. If you are unsure if your qualification can be assessed for admission, contact the ANU Domestic Admissions Office.

Note: Application through entry schemes is not available for courses in Design or Visual Arts.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you were an Australian Year 12 student prior to 2018 and have not completed further study, admission to ANU is based on your ATAR or equivalent.

Students may be considered for admission to the ANU on the basis of work experience. ANU will consider work experience that meets 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. Employment experience is not considered for all courses. 

For more information, contact the ANU Domestic Admissions Office or visit the ANU website.

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

As an international student you will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in one of the following completed in 2018 (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

ANU may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

LIMITED ATAR/ACT YEAR 12

To be eligible to apply for admission in 2019 on the basis of an ACT or interstate Year 12 post-school package, you must be 20 years of age by Friday 1 March 2019. Not all interstate packages are acceptable.

To find out more, visit the ANU website.

Additional selection criteria

Some courses select applicants based on additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test. Other courses may use a combination of both academic qualifications and additional selection criteria. Additional selection criteria can be found in the course descriptions available through the course search.

Postgraduate applicants

General requirements

The basic admission qualification for graduate courses is completion of a recognised bachelor degree. Admission criteria vary depending on the course you’re interested in. 

If you hold overseas qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction you must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Refer to ANU's policy on English language proficiency requirements and read the English language proficiency requirements page.

For any special requirements, check the individual course descriptions in the course search.

PREVIOUS ANU STUDENTS

If you have previously been enrolled at ANU in a graduate coursework program that is now being offered through UAC, you will need to re-apply for admission through UAC, unless you are currently on approved program leave. If you are on leave, log in to your student system to enrol in courses for the coming academic session. If your leave has expired/has been ongoing for more than two years, re-apply for admission via UAC.

Students who are currently enrolled in an ANU graduate coursework program who wish to commence another such program may be able to apply for a program transfer. 

To find out more, visit the ANU website.

Additional selection criteria

You may have to submit additional material as part of your application process depending on which course/s you apply for. Check the individual course description to see whether special requirements apply.