Admission

Meeting admission requirements

Your application will be assessed on three requirements:

  • the co-curricular or service requirement
  • academic requirements (Year 11 results for your conditional offer and Year 12 results for your full offer)
  • additional program requirements like prerequisites or portfolios as applicable to the program you apply for. You can learn more about program-specific requirements on Programs and Courses.

How we make you an offer

We will make you an offer of admission based on your Selection Ranks. 

Your Selection Ranks are university entrance scores calculated by ANU for entry into ANU.  They will appear on your ANU offer letters at both the conditional and final offer stages.

Conditional offer - ANU Selection Rank

The conditional offer you receive in August 2019 is based on your ANU Selection Rank.

Your ANU Selection Rank is calculated using a mathematical model that uses your Year 11 results and your school's average ATAR performance in previous years. It's a reliable measure of academic capability and allows ANU to make conditional offers based on your performance in your Year 11 subjects.  We add any adjustment factors you are eligible for, which results in your ANU Selection Rank.

Your conditional offer will include information on the minimum Final ANU Selection Rank required to gain entry to ANU.

Full offer - Final ANU Selection Rank

The unconditional offer you receive in late 2019 or early 2020 is based on your Final ANU Selection Rank.

Your Final ANU Selection Rank is calculated using your ATAR plus any adjustment factors you are eligible for.  If equity adjustment factors were added to your ANU Selection Rank, these will also be added to your Final ANU Selection Rank.  We'll use your Final ANU Selection Rank to confirm your conditional offer or assess your preferences if you change them. 

Priority admission

Talented students have varied life experiences, come from all backgrounds, and live in every town and city of Australia. All of them deserve the opportunity to access the life-changing benefits of a tertiary education.

Applications to ANU are open to all students, and we will prioritise offers of admission to the following applicants:

  • students whose academic performance places them in the top-2% of their secondary school campus
  • students with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status
  • students with refugee status
  • students from low socio-economic status schools (ICSEA <900)
  • students who have experienced long-term physical or psychological hardship
  • students in the final round of the Tuckwell Scholarship application process
  • students completing ANU Extension.

This is part of The Australian National University's mission to educate academically talented students from across Australia regardless of their background or life experience. Here's how it works:

  • Bahaar performs well academically and is in the top-2% of students in her school. She applies to ANU and is found to have an ANU Selection Rank of 90.
  • James performs well academically and is of Torres Strait Islander heritage. He applies to ANU and is found to have an ANU Selection Rank of 91.
  • Sarah is an academically talented student, but doesn't fall in the top 2% of students in her school, nor is she a member of one of the identified priority criteria. She applies to ANU and is found to have an ANU Selection Rank of 92.

All the students have listed the same program as their first preference, meet the co-curricular or service requirement, and fulfil the academic requirements for their preferred program.

Under the admissions process, the first place is allocated to Bahaar, the second place is allocated to Ewan and the third place is allocated to Sarah.

Pathways to ANU

You may be the best student in your school and not quite achieve the admission requirement to be admitted to ANU. Students from across the country, whose academic performance places them in the top-2% of their secondary school campus but who don't meet the required Final ANU Selection Rank for admission to an ANU Bachelor degree will be eligible for consideration in a pathway program.

Giving you options

You can preference up to five degrees in your ASA application. Make sure you rank your program preferences in the order in which you'd like to receive an offer. We'll make you a single offer to the first program in your list of preferences for which you're eligible and competitive.

A small campus

ANU prides itself on offering an unrivalled campus experience where students will gain access to world-class academics and facilities. To ensure this level of access is maintained, ANU has limitations on the total number of students we can accept each intake.

All applicants will be assessed according to their priority and relative competitiveness to other candidates.

Making maths and English mandatory from 2022

High school maths and English courses help equip you with the skills needed to excel during your time at ANU and beyond.

Starting in 2022, successful completion in senior secondary maths and English will become mandatory for all applicants. You'll satisfy this requirement upon successful completion of:

  • at least one high school English course/unit in at least one semester during Year 11 or Year 12; and
  • at least one high school maths course/unit in at least one semester during Year 11 or Year 12.