- Universities Admission Centre - The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes applications for admission to most undergraduate courses for domestic applicants at participating universities (mainly located in NSW and the ACT), including ANU. UAC also calculates the ATAR for students completing the NSW HSC and processes applications for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS). It is important to note that UAC processes applications based on criteria set by each institution.
- Australian Tertiary Admission Rank - The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a rank, not a mark. It is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 indicating a student's position relative to all the students who began secondary school with them in year 7. An ATAR of 80.00 means a student is ranked higher than 80 per cent, but under 20 per cent, of their year 7 cohort. It is calculated solely for use by tertiary institutions, either on its own or with other selection criteria, to rank and select school leavers for admission.
- Base ATAR - A student's ATAR before bonus points are allocated.
- Bonus points - Additional points allocated to a student based on their performance in particular year 12 subjects, or other factors including the Educational Access Scheme (EAS). The allocation of bonus points does not change a student's ATAR but will improve their entrance rank. ANU awards bonus points.
- Current school leaver - A current school leaver (CSL) is a student who completed their year 12 or equivalent in the calendar year prior to the year for which they are applying to tertiary study.
- Educational Access Scheme - The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is designed to help students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage gain admission to tertiary study. To be eligible for EAS consideration the student's educational performance must have been seriously affected, normally for a period of at least six months during year 11 and/or year 12 or equivalent, due to circumstances beyond their control.
- Main Round - UAC makes offers in a number of rounds across the year. Main Round is the first round in which all preferences are considered. Most university offers made through UAC are made in or before the Main Round for commencement in Semester 1.