Admission criteria and entry schemes

Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be offered a place in a program (course) at Griffith University you must meet the program admission requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants. Admission criteria is specified in each program (course) description.

Undergraduate applicants

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


If you are a 2018 or 2019 Australian Year 12 student, you will be considered for admission on the basis of merit (your ATAR or equivalent) and whether you meet the entry criteria, such as subject prerequisites. 

If you have completed other recognised qualifications these may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for admission to Griffith. Examples include AQF certificates III and IV and diplomas, and Australian Music Examination Board qualifications. If you have a number of different qualifications for which selection ranks can be assigned, normally the highest will be used for admission.

For all Griffith University programs, applicants are expected to have two units of English (Band 2) or equivalent. For most Griffith University undergraduate programs, English is the only course prerequisite. If knowledge of another specific subject is considered necessary for successful first-year study, but is not a requirement for admission, the subject is listed under prior ‘Assumed knowledge’ in the course description (which you can access via the course search). A limited number of programs have additional subject prerequisites. 


You can apply for a program at Griffith if you are 17 years of age (or older). If you are 16 years of age, you must have completed Year 12 or a diploma or higher qualification. If you are under 16 years of age, contact Griffith University directly to discuss your eligibility.


To provide certainty about future study options and more opportunities for students from a range of backgrounds, Griffith has refreshed and streamlined its Guaranteed Admission Scheme for 2020 entry and beyond. The new scheme is expanded from ATAR 90+ to include ATAR 80+ and a VET guarantee in selected degrees. Find out more about the Guaranteed Admission Scheme.


Griffith University offers a range of adjustment factor pathways designed to meet the needs of local communities or provide access to university for people who have experienced disadvantage. Adjustments are automatically applied to an applicant’s ATAR to provide a selection rank for admission. The maximum adjustment that can be applied under all pathways is capped at eight (8). Adjustments are not applied to the B Medical Science or the B Dental Health Science preferences.


Griffith University has an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) to assist applicants whose education has been disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control for a substantial period of time. 

To apply for EAS you must be able to demonstrate that your Year 11 and/or Year 12 studies have been negatively affected for a period of at least six months, as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing. You must also be:

  • a UAC applicant for undergraduate admission
  • an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

EAS does not apply to B Medical Science or B Dental Health Science.

How Educational Access Schemes work.


Gold Coast Campus Priority Access Pathway

If you live in the Gold Coast, Logan, Redlands, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Glenn Innes Severn or Clarence Valley regions (defined by postcode) and have not studied at university, your selection rank will be increased by two points when you apply for programs at the Gold Coast campus. B Medical Science, B Dental Health Science and all distance and online programs are excluded from this pathway. 

For more information, visit the Griffith University website.


Year 12 Subject Adjustment Pathway

Applicants who have completed Year 12 subjects that require a high level of skill and knowledge, or courses (subjects) at university such as the GUESTS program, may be eligible to have their selection rank increased by up to two points per subject, up to a maximum of six. Subject adjustments are not applied to B Medical Science or B Dental Health Science. 

For more information, visit the Griffith University website.


In some programs at Griffith, selection for admission can be based on criteria in addition to, in combination with, or instead of standard admission criteria. Admission criteria are specified in the individual course descriptions.



If you are living in a rural or regional area of Australia and are applying for B Medical Science or B Dental Health Science, you may be eligible for consideration under a special quota of places, specifically set aside for rural students. For further information, visit the Griffith University website.

Griffith University Admission Pathways.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have attempted tertiary studies, you may be considered for admission on the basis of your highest eligible selection rank. Your selection rank will be derived from the duration and grade point average in these studies. Successfully completing a minimum of two single degree level courses (subjects) also meets the Griffith University English subject prerequisite.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Griffith has seen VET pathway students achieve remarkable results and will continue to accept standalone VET qualifications completed at high school, private providers and TAFE Institutes for admission.

Pathways to Griffith University.

Applicants with work and life experience

The University welcomes applications from non-current school leavers aged at least 18 who do not qualify for admission on the basis of formal educational attainment but seek admission on the basis of their experience and informal study. Griffith University recognises the intellectual and skills development gained through bridging and preparatory studies, professional and paraprofessional qualifications, vocational experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).


Applicants who do not qualify for admission on the basis of formal educational attainment may be allocated a selection rank based on their employment experience. Program exclusions apply.  

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.


Griffith University accepts the STAT Multiple Choice test for non-2019 Year 12 applicants who are 18 years or over by 1 January 2020. Not all programs accept STAT results. A good STAT result may also meet the English Subject prerequisite for some programs.

To find out more, visit the Griffith University website.


The Griffith Tertiary Preparation program provides a pathway for applicants who would like to undertake undergraduate studies at Griffith University but lack the formal admission criteria. It consists of two courses which provide foundational knowledge and the academic skills, knowledge and confidence required to complete an undergraduate degree at Griffith University. 

For further information, visit the Griffith University website.


The Griffith Personal Statement offers an admission pathway into a number of undergraduate degrees for applicants who do not satisfy the minimum selection rank or do not have the subject prerequisites for admission. We understand success at university is about much more than completing a qualification. It’s about enabling you to bring the power of all your personal, work and life skills to your studies. 

For further information, visit the Griffith University website

Applicants with overseas qualifications

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

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications must contact Griffith University to discuss eligibility for admission before submitting an application to UAC.


If you have 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

Griffith University seeks to increase the participation and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the University’s programs through an enabling program prior to commencement, assistance with admission, and additional tutoring and support services provided by the GUMURRII Student Support Unit. If you have First People’s heritage, you can apply for admission through UAC. You will be required to provide evidence of your heritage and participate in an application process managed through GUMURRII.

For further information, visit the Griffith University website.

International Year 12 applicants

General requirements

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, Griffith University may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

International students at Griffith University.

Additional selection criteria

In some programs at Griffith, selection for admission can be based on criteria in addition to, in combination with, or instead of standard admission criteria. Admission criteria are specified in the individual course descriptions.