The University of Notre Dame

Admission criteria and entry schemes

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 whole person, as we recognise it requires more than academic excellence to succeed in your chosen profession.

We consider your:

  • academic record
  • personal qualities and motivation to study
  • contribution to community life.

Undergraduate applicants

Australian Year 12 students

If you are a 2022 or 2023 Year 12 student, admission will be based on a selection rank comprised of your ATAR (or equivalent) and any applicable adjustment factors.

Your Year 12 results do not expire; however, if you have gone on to tertiary education, we will also consider your results from these studies.

Selection rank adjustments

At Notre Dame we value the whole person and offer a range of adjustment factors which are applied to an applicant’s ATAR to provide a selection rank for admission.

Equity adjustments

Notre Dame has an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage due to circumstances beyond their control. EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

Individual factor adjustments

At Notre Dame, we consider the whole person and recognise non-academic achievements. In your application you will be invited to provide details of your personal qualities, experience and contribution to community life.

Subject performance

Adjustment factors are applied for excellent performance in areas of study that are related to your chosen program.

Other admission options/entry pathways

Young Achiever’s Early Offer Program

Year 12 students can apply direct to Notre Dame’s Young Achiever’s Early Offer Program and receive an offer prior to sitting their final exams. Applications open 1 May and close 30 September 2023. Visit the Notre Dame website for more information or call the University on (02) 8204 4404.

Pathway programs

The University of Notre Dame offers a Tertiary Pathway Program designed for students who have not met the requirements to gain entry to undergraduate degree programs. Visit the Notre Dame website for more information.

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

You may be eligible for admission if you have completed at least two units of study at bachelor level or above. If you have not completed this amount of study or the study was below bachelor level, you will be assessed on your Year 12 results and/or other qualifications for admission.

If you have a Certificate IV qualification or higher in a relevant discipline from a recognised provider, you are eligible for admission to many of our programs.

For admission to Notre Dame’s Law and Education programs, a diploma qualification or higher in a relevant discipline will be required.

Applicants with relevant work and life experience may seek admission on the basis of:

  • significant experience (minimum of two years) that demonstrates readiness for higher education, such as professional experience, community involvement or work experience relevant to the program
  • a completed enabling course, including Notre Dame’s Tertiary Pathway Program
  • STAT results.

Notre Dame accepts overseas qualifications and will determine equivalency to our standard admission requirements. There are also commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications that Notre Dame may take into consideration. If you apply on the basis of overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications, you may be required to sit an English language proficiency test.

Notre Dame English language proficiency requirements

Postgraduate applicants

Admission to postgraduate programs requires the completion of a recognised bachelor degree. Admission is considered on the basis of academic merit and any other criteria specified by the university, such as work experience, supplementary forms or interviews. Details of admission qualifications and any additional requirements are listed in the individual course descriptions, which are accessible via the UAC course search.

Overseas qualifications and English language proficiency

If you’ve undertaken studies overseas, you may be asked to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

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