Admissions Information

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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 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.

  • How to apply

    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.

  • 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

    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 comes from.

    Semester 1, 2020
    Applicant background Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Past higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    1001 17.9%
    (B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 122 2.2%
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    315 5.6%
    (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
    • 2726

    • 103

    • 319
    • 48.8%

    • 1.8%

    • 5.7%
    International students 998 17.8%
    All students 5584 100%
  • 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 ‘adjustment factors’ 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.

    Higher education study = A completed or partially completed recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution,.based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) achieved in those studies.

    Additionally, a completed a University Foundation studies, bridging or enabling program (such as our own University preparatory program).

    Vocational education and training (VET) study: an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV level or above

    Work and Life experience = qualifications or otherwise that demonstrate readiness for higher education, including a non-recent SACE or equivalent secondary education qualification with a competitive selection rank, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), or Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or professional/work experience.