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Admission criteria and entry schemes

CSU will admit you to an undergraduate course if a place is available and if you can demonstrate you have a reasonable prospect of completing the course. Admission is based on your previous studies and/or other attainments and experience. Some courses also have additional selection criteria, such as a supplementary application form or an interview, which gives you the opportunity to show your enthusiasm for a chosen career path. 

Refer to individual course descriptions for details.

Undergraduate applicants

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

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

If you are a 2018 or 2019 Australian Year 12 student, admission is normally based on your ATAR or equivalent. CSU will consider Queensland OP equivalents of the NSW HSC and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

No CSU courses have prerequisite subjects for admission, but some have assumed knowledge for successful completion of first-year university subjects. It is your responsibility to ensure you have studied the appropriate subjects to undertake the course you choose. Assumed knowledge and recommended studies subjects are listed in the course entries.

CSU has a number of pathways for admission, which may allow 2019 Year 12 students to receive an offer to a course even though they have an ATAR below the published lowest selection rank.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

EQUITY ADJUSTMENTS

CSU has Educational Access Schemes (EAS) for people who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage and whose educational performance has been affected by circumstances beyond their control during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent. CSU EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

How Educational Access Schemes work.

The Special Consideration for Admission (SCA) scheme is for students applying directly to CSU, including elite athletes and performers. All other applicants should apply for EAS through UAC. SCA aims to address educational disadvantage, taking into account circumstances that may have impacted on your ability to perform well educationally. You will also need to apply for your course in the usual manner.

Eligibility for either EAS or SCA does not guarantee admission, but may offer selection rank adjustments to help you compete for a place.

CSU access schemes.

ELITE ATHLETE AND PERFORMER ADJUSTMENTS

Elite athletes and performers can apply for special consideration for admission. Find out about this scheme.

LOCATION ADJUSTMENTS

Regional location adjustments can help students from regional areas gain admission to CSU. If you are a Year 12 student who attended school in a regional area, or a post-school applicant who lives in a regional area, you will automatically have your selection rank increased by five points for admission to CSU.

SUBJECT ADJUSTMENTS

Your selection rank may be increased on the basis of a strong performance in subjects relevant to the course you wish to study.

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO ATAR

In addition to achieving the academic requirements for admission, for certain courses you must satisfy additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, audition or interview. These criteria are taken into account instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent academic requirements. 

Details of additional selection criteria and how applicants can meet these requirements are outlined in the individual course descriptions. 

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies offshore and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, contact CSU.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

SCHOOLS RECOMMENDATION SCHEMES

CSU participates in the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) through UAC. This early entry program aims to attract students who during their senior high school years have been identified as consistent achievers with the potential to succeed at university study, using a wide range of selection criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. These include school recommendations and senior secondary studies. There are no fees to apply for SRS, but you will be required to pay a processing fee when you apply for undergraduate admission through UAC.

CSU will take into account the criteria listed below when considering your application:

  • your Year 11 studies
  • your school's rating.

Early offer is not available for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Technology/Master of Engineering (Civil Systems)
  • Diploma of General Studies

How Schools Recommendation Schemes work.

LIMITED ATAR

CSU accepts the Limited ATAR for selection purposes.

CSU admission pathways.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have successfully completed a minimum of two subjects at university and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through the grade point average achieved in these studies, you will meet CSU’s minimum entry requirements. To find out more, visit the CSU website.

Some courses have higher entry requirements, which will be identified on the webpage for the course.

COMPLETED (OR PART-COMPLETED) ENABLING COURSES

Studies such as those listed below are considered indicators that you can complete a course at the university. Note that some courses may give different weightings to these indicators:

  • a course completed or part-completed at a university, college of advanced education, or other accredited tertiary institution
  • an approved course completed or part-completed at a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution, including the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC)
  • approved foundation studies or bridging courses
  • subjects studied through CSU’s Single Subject Study program or at another university.
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

CSU will consider an approved course completed or part-completed at a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution, including the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC).

Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

CSU will consider the following attainment and experience in determining your prospects for success.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

To have your employment experience assessed, you must have relevant industry experience of at least two years. 

SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT)

CSU accepts the STAT Multiple Choice test for:

  • all applicants provided that performance in the STAT is not the sole basis upon which admission is sought
  • all courses except B Physiotherapy and B Veterinary Biology/B Veterinary Science.

ENABLING COURSE OPTIONS

CSU offers a Dip General Studies pathway program that provides guaranteed entry to most CSU degrees. In some cases, credit for up to four CSU subjects in a bachelor degree will be granted. 

Find out more about Dip General Studies.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

There are commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications that CSU may take into consideration. Check your qualification

Applicants with overseas qualifications should contact CSU to discuss eligibility for admission.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

CSU's Indigenous Access Program is a supported personalised pathway into university that assesses skills and suitability for academic life.

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

Admission criteria are the minimum qualifications you need before you can be selected for admission to a course of study. As an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2019, you will apply for admission through UAC and will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in these studies (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.

When assessing your application, CSU may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account. 

To find out more, visit the CSU website

LIMITED ATAR

The University accepts the Limited ATAR for admission purposes.

PATHWAYS

CSU has a number of pathways for admission, which may allow applicants to receive an offer to a course even though they have an ATAR or equivalent below the lowest selection rank. They are:

  • the regional adjustments scheme
  • a strong performance in Year 12 subjects.

International applicants applying for admission on the basis of other qualifications must apply directly to CSU.

Additional selection criteria

In addition to achieving the academic requirements for admission, for certain courses you must satisfy additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, audition or interview. These criteria are taken into account instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent academic results. 

Details of additional selection criteria and how applicants can meet these requirements are outlined in the individual course descriptions.

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies offshore and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, contact CSU