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Admissions Transparency Data

A member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, the University of Adelaide is South Australia's leading university.

About the University of Adelaide

For general information about studying at the University of Adelaide, the following links provide information on critical dates, enrolment and other useful resources.

Admission criteria

Here at the University of Adelaide, we believe in providing clear and relevant information to help you choose the best university and degree for you.

Not everyone comes to University straight from year 12. For each of our undergraduate programs, there are several pathways for applicants with previous higher education study, for example, or previous study at a vocational education and training (VET) level.

To find out more about these other pathways, please see our Entry Pathways website. Additionally, if you click on the title of the program you are interested below, our Degree Finder website covers all the options in detail for each program in the ‘Entry Requirements’ section.

How to apply

Interested in applying? For information on how to go about the process of applying, check our Study at Adelaide website for information on applying for your program of choice!

The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is a good indicator of degree entry requirements and can be useful for comparing and deciding what to study. Below you can review the lowest, median and highest ATAR, selection rank* (with pop-up or link to explain what a ‘selection rank’ is See bottom), minimum eligibility score and guaranteed entry selection rank, as well as the upper and lower quartile figures, for study areas of our undergraduate degrees.

We hope this information supports you in taking the next step to applying at the University of Adelaide and your path to a successful future.

View ATAR details by study area

Arts

For more information on specific programs, study plans, listings of courses, combined degrees, career pathways and admission requirements, view the Arts 2018 Undergraduate Program Guide.

Architecture, Business and Law

For more information on specific programs, study plans, listings of courses, combined degrees, career pathways and admission requirements, view the Architecture, Business and Law 2018 Undergraduate Program Guide.

Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

For more information on specific programs, study plans, listings of courses, combined degrees, career pathways and admission requirements, view the Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences 2018 Undergraduate Program Guide.

Health and Medical Sciences

For more information on specific programs, study plans, listings of courses, combined degrees, career pathways and admission requirements, view the Health and Medical Sciences 2018 Undergraduate Program Guide.

Sciences

For more information on specific programs, study plans, listings of courses, combined degrees, career pathways and admission requirements, view the Sciences 2018 Undergraduate Program Guide.

Additional information

Enrolment – so you’ve got an offer! What now?

  • Acceptance of offer
  • Applying for credit
  • Deferring your place. Commencing students may defer their program for up to 2 years. To do so, you must change your response to DEFER via the SATAC website by 31 March in the year you were made the offer.
  • Fees and charges

Student and campus services

Financial assistance

Studying does cost money! For information on the financial assistance available to help with the costs of study, the links below will help!

Student profile at the University of Adelaide

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the University overall – in other words, what background do our students comes from?

Semester one, 2017
Applicant background Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
825 14%
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 113 2%
(C) Recent secondary education* 3502 60%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
549 9%
International students 800 14%
All students 5791 100%

* This includes those admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points), admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. interview, audition, and admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration).

Where to get further information

Definitions

ATAR = A ranking from 30 (lowest) to 99.95 (highest) agreed by COAG as a nationally equivalent measure of a person’s relative academic ranking within their peer cohort in the year they graduated from senior secondary school. The ATAR is derived from the scaled scores achieved for senior secondary school subjects. The specific calculation used is different in each state and territory but the result is designed to be nationally equivalent.

Selection rank = The actual ranking that tertiary admission centres and most universities use to assess admission to a course. A person’s selection rank can include their ATAR, any ATAR-related adjustments such as equity or subject ‘bonus points’ that they are eligible for, contributions calculated on the basis of

work experience or previous non-secondary study, portfolio assessments, results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test, other supplementary tests, etc. For many recent secondary education leavers, the selection rank may be the same as their ATAR, if no other factors were considered. Because institutions use varying formulas to calculate selection ranks, they are generally not directly comparable. An applicant may have a different selection rank calculated for each course or institution they apply to enter.

Minimum eligibility score = This term may be used where a minimum floor ATAR must be achieved to be considered for admission to a course or institution. Achieving such a minimum ATAR would not provide a guarantee of entry. Indeed, the lowest ATAR offered a place may be much higher. The existence of such a figure, though, signals that no recent secondary education applicant with an ATAR below this figure will be considered. Not all institutions set a floor or minimum ATAR requirement for courses or the institution as a whole but some do. Use of this threshold is optional and only necessary where it is relevant.

Guaranteed entry score = This term is for use where achievement of a specified ATAR or selection rank (as appropriate) will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as prerequisite study or English language proficiency. Again, not all institutions offer guaranteed admission at a specified ATAR or selection rank threshold but some do. Use of this threshold is optional and only necessary where it is relevant.

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