Entry requirements

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We believe that university should be an achievable goal for anyone with the talent and motivation to fulfil their potential. That’s why we welcome promising students from all social and cultural backgrounds, and support you in a multitude of ways while you’re here.

Entry to most of our courses is assessed on the basis of your academic results. For Year 12 students this will be your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent. For non-year 12 students, this might be your ATAR or equivalent, tertiary or TAFE study or (for mature aged entry) a foundation course. Getting the 'right' ATAR is not the only way you can be accepted to study here – we offer other pathways as well.

If you completed high school before 2009, or studied elsewhere in Australia or in New Zealand, your rank may have a different name. In Australia, you may have acquired an Overall Position (OP), Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER), or Universities Admission Index (UAI). In New Zealand, your rank could be based on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3, International Baccalaureate (IB), or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

For your application to be successful it needs to meet two requirements:

  • you must possess at least one recognised academic qualification and
  • your results in your qualification need to be sufficiently competitive in comparison to those of the other applicants.


So having a qualification is your first essential selection criteria to meet for all of our undergraduate courses. However, for some of our courses, such as medicine, dentistry, music, veterinary science and the visual arts, we consider more than just your marks – you need to meet additional selection criteria.

For these courses we want to know more about your skills and talents. You may be asked to submit a portfolio or come to Sydney for an interview or audition as part of these additional selection criteria. Please check your course’s requirements by searching Find a course.

Please also note that for our undergraduate courses we do not admit students on the basis of the following personal achievements:

  • professional qualifications
  • life experience
  • results in certificate courses
  • performance in admission tests such as the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).


Find out more about the application procedure and general information about our entry requirements for:


We offer a number of special entry schemes through Access Sydney that can help you gain entry to certain courses. These include the Mature-age Entry Scheme, the Broadway Scheme, and the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme.

Please note that if you will be applying as an international fee-paying student (ie, you are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or a permanent resident of Australia), you should contact the International Student Office for information about the application process and entry requirements.