Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University admission criteria

An applicant who has one or more of the following qualifications is eligible for admission to the University. However, an applicant who is eligible for admission may not necessarily gain a place in a particular course when competing with other candidates. Some courses require interviews, portfolios and/or tests for admission - read course descriptions in the course search for additional selection criteria.

Undergraduate applicants

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

If you are a 2017 or 2018 Australian Year 12 student you will be selected for admission on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent. You may also be admitted on the basis of a strong performance in individual subjects relevant to the course you want to study.

Southern Cross University has a number of pathways for admission which may allow 2018 NSW and ACT Year 12 applicants to receive an offer to a course if they have an ATAR below the published lowest selection rank. These include:

  • Educational Access Scheme (EAS) – special admission scheme
  • Testing and Assessment Program for Indigenous Australians
  • STAR Early Offer Scheme
  • Regional Year 12 Scheme
  • special consideration for elite athletes or performers
  • consideration of other specified criteria for some courses; for example, strong performance in Year 12 subjects relevant to the course of study, and/or personal interview and/or submission of supporting documentation.


Southern Cross University accepts the Limited ATAR for applicants sitting the NSW HSC. 

More information for recent school leavers.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have attempted any tertiary studies you will be considered for admission on the basis of your grade point average in these studies. Applicants who are currently under exclusion that extends into 2019 are not usually eligible for admission.


Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications should contact Southern Cross University to discuss eligibility for admission before applying through UAC. 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.

Applicants with work and life experience


If your only qualification is an Australian Year 12 before 2017, you will be selected for admission on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent.


If you do not have formal qualifications or your formal qualifications are not sufficient for entry, you can provide a Personal Competencies Statement.


Southern Cross University offers a range of associate degree qualifications that provide pathways into our degree programs for students who do not meet the direct entry requirements. 

SCU College programs.


Applicants aged 18 and over on Friday 1 March 2019 who do not meet the admission criteria outlined above may be considered for admission on the basis of a satisfactory level of performance in one or more of the following:

  • completion of a one-year foundation or enabling course, including the TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • completion of the Preparing for Success at SCU Program
  • study equivalent to at least six months full-time at a university, TAFE or accredited private institution at Certificate III level or higher
  • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • work or field experience equivalent to at least one-year full-time
  • post-secondary qualifications, including healthcare qualifications, commissioned officer qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • interview.


The University strongly advises applicants who have no formal qualifications or who have performed poorly in other studies to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice test. The STAT is accepted for:

  • post-school applicants
  • applicants who are 18 years or over on Friday 1 March 2019.