Admissions Information

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.

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 or those with work and life experience.

To find out more about these other pathways, please see our Entry Pathways page. 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.

Interested in applying? Visit our How to Apply page for instructions.

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. See the definitions section below to review the lowest and highest ATAR rankings as well as details on selection rank and minimum eligibility score for undergraduate degrees. For specific ATAR score requirements, please see the entry requirements under your preferred degree(s) in Degree Finder.

  • 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

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

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

Semester 1, 2022

Applicant background Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
848 15.1%
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 115 2.0%
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
211 3.7%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • admitted solely on the basis of selection rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors)
  • admitted where both selection rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) and additional criteria such as interviews, auditions etc. were considered
  • admitted on the basis of other criteria only

  • 2518 
  • 199 
  • 811

  • 44.7% 
  • 3.5% 
  • 14.4%
International students 929 16.5%
All students 5631 100%

For a list of all of the definitions please see our glossary.