The University of Notre Dame Australia

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 13 years in a row for Overall Experience, Teaching Quality and Skills Development (2020 The Good Universities Guide).

University of Notre Dame student cohort profile

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 require an average mark of 70% or above across all Category A HSC courses, including a minimum HSC Band 4 in English, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) score of at least 24. Programs in Law, Education and Nursing require higher average HSC marks and IB scores. Visit the Notre Dame website for specific admissions requirements.

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 and show a consistent commitment to co-curricular achievement and leadership across a range of activities, including volunteering, sporting commitments, social justice work, part-time work or community involvement

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 opened Friday 3 April 2020. Visit the Notre Dame website 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.

Mature age applications are also encouraged: check the 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 Notre Dame 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 the Notre Dame website.

After you have received an offer from Notre Dame, our staff will contact you directly to provide information about how to enrol.

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing is credit granted towards a degree program for study already undertaken. By giving recognition to prior learning, advanced standing prevents the unnecessary duplication of study and can save time and money. Find out how to apply for advanced standing on the Notre Dame website.

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.

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 on the Notre Dame website 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. Full details are on the Notre Dame website website.

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 the Notre Dame website.

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