University of Notre Dame Australia

Studying at the University of Notre Dame Australia

At Notre Dame, we’re shaping a new generation of leaders – the critical thinkers. We’re teaching our students to think in new ways and empowering them to make a difference. As an academic community, we welcome open and rigorous enquiry, debate and discussion. All our students, whether they are studying Nursing, Medicine, Education, Business, Law, Philosophy or the Arts, are immersed in a tradition that has inspired the world’s best thinkers for centuries. We encourage our students to put their critical thinking skills into practice by integrating some of the most comprehensive practical experience in Australia into all of our degrees.

Since we were founded in 1989 in Western Australia, we have grown to become a national university with 12,000 students across three campuses in Sydney, Fremantle and Broome. Our student experience, employment and graduate outcomes are among the best in New South Wales, Western Australia, and Australia*.

Our lecturers are professionals who are deeply engaged with their industries, and our small class sizes facilitate face-to-face discussion and practical, career-focused learning. We know that each student has their own gifts and talents, and believe higher education should prepare students for a rich, fulfilling, reflective life, and a career path with purpose.

Our campuses in Darlinghurst & Chippendale are located centrally in Sydney’s vibrant inner city hubs which are close to public transport, a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, and Sydney’s Central Business District, so our students are always at the heart of the action. At Notre Dame we provide our students with an educational experience which is integrative and transformative, that combines theoretical knowledge and excellent disciplinary expertise and professional skills relevant to their chosen profession..

*The University has received 5-star ratings 12 years in a row for Overall Experience, Teaching Quality and Skills Development (2019 The Good Universities Guide).

Student profile

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Where to get further information

For further information contact our Prospective Students Office on (02) 8204 4404 or at, or visit

How to apply

Apply directly to The University of Notre Dame Australia. Do not apply through UAC. Visit the website to apply online or call (02) 8204 4404 for information about how to apply. There is no fee to apply.

The University of Notre Dame accepts applications at any time. Due to the competitive nature of certain programs applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.

Courses offered

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Get in touch

tel: +61 2 8204 4404 



Admission criteria

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s unique admission process looks beyond a single examination rank to consider the whole student.

Notre Dame’s admission process is multifaceted and considers each applicant on an individual basis. While each program has academic entry requirements the University also considers the individual, what they have done, and what they want to do with their lives, by including a personal statement and an interview in our admissions process. The interview gives future students an opportunity to discuss interests and career goals.

Admission to many bachelor programs at Notre Dame requires a minimum HSC Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Band 4s and an overall average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) average grade of 4. Some programs such as double degrees, Law, Education and Nursing degrees require higher average HSC marks, performance bands and IB scores.

We encourage all applicants considering the University to apply, irrespective of their HSC or IB results, as alternative entry pathways are available for students who have not met the direct minimum entry requirements into bachelor programs.

Early Offer Program

Exceptional students completing Year 12 can apply directly to Notre Dame and receive an offer prior to sitting their final exams through the University’s Early Offer Program. This program is for those who excel academically, are school leaders, elite athletes or contribute significantly to their communities.

Our Early Offer Program provides access to exclusive resources such as mentoring, industry workshops and networking opportunities as well as the confidence gained by securing a place at University prior to sitting final exams. Applications open Tuesday 2 April 2019. Visit for more information, or call the University on (02) 8204 4404.

Other admission options

After successfully completing a pathway program, students may be eligible for admission to a bachelor degree program. For more information, visit

Mature age applications are also encouraged. Visit for academic requirements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Notre Dame encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information about the support we provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, visit the website or contact the Admissions Office on (02) 8204 4430 or by email at

English language proficiency

Notre Dame requires applicants to achieve minimum academic and English language proficiency standards/requirements. This ensures that applicants are sufficiently prepared academically and competent in the English language, allowing them to participate effectively in their chosen program and achieve the expected program outcomes. For a full list of English language proficiency requirements, visit


You will receive information about enrolment as this time approaches. Our staff will speak to you in person about your enrolment to make sure you enrol into subjects that meet your study path and ultimate career goals.

Advanced standing

If you’ve already undertaken academic study, you may be granted credit by applying for advanced standing. Find out how to apply for advanced standing at

Fees and charges

Notre Dame is committed to making all of its programs affordable and accessible. Refer to individual program entries for specific details.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for certain programs and students may be eligible for HECS-HELP. All other programs are offered as a 'Fee Place' and students may be eligible for FEE-HELP, a similar government loan scheme to HECS-HELP. For further information, email or call (02) 8204 4404.

Financial assistance

All eligible Australian students enrolled in an approved program at Notre Dame will have access to a Commonwealth loan scheme, either FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP. Full details are available at and the Study Assist website.


Notre Dame offers a range of scholarships for students. Funded by the University, industry, individuals and non-profit organisations, scholarships may be granted for community involvement and leadership roles, academic performance, financial hardship and other criteria. Visit for more information.

Student and campus services

Notre Dame offers a range of student services and experiences such as clubs and societies,  social justice programs, study abroad opportunities, career assistance,  mentoring, sporting teams, academic support programs, counselling and a great social calendar.


There is no accommodation available on campus, though there are numerous accommodation providers within a short distance of our campuses. For further information, email, call (02) 8204 4404 or visit