ANU student Elite Athlete Program

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In October 2004 ANU became a member of the national network of Elite Athlete Friendly Universities by signing an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission and the ACT Academy of Sports. We aim to identify elite athletes and assist them in the development of skills to help them successfully balance their sporting and academic aspirations.

An elite athlete is defined as someone who competes nationally or internationally in a sport approved by the ANU. The majority of elite athletes within Australia will be on scholarship within the Australian Institute of Sport or the network of institutes and academies of sport. However, there are many athletes that may fall outside of this cohort.

Students who don't meet the criteria may still submit an application and be considered as an elite athlete.

Applications may be considered for graduate students and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


There are a number of reasons why you should identify as an elite athlete.

  • Being eligible to receive up to five bonus points towards your entrance rank.
  • Being granted flexible study options as the University will be made aware of your significant commitments outside of your study.

We will endeavour to assist elite athlete students to meet the requirements of their degree. Where necessary and possible the University will accommodate the elite athlete student's outside commitments. Some of the ways this might be achieved are listed below.

  • Extra assistance with academic planning.
  • Support in negotiating and securing cross-institutional study.
  • Flexibility with assessment deadlines based on sporting related travel commitments.
  • Allowing deferred examination adjustments where examinations directly class with sporting commitments. 
  • Waiving the minimum attendance requirements at lectures, tutorials or practicals where elite athletes are unavailable due to sporting commitments.
  • Tailoring a study load to integrate with sporting commitments.
  • Negotiating lecture, tutorial and practical timetables to accommodate sporting commitments.
  • Extending the maximum time to complete degree programs due to periods of decreased study load.
  • Flexibility with leave of absence where required due to increased sporting commitments.
  • Provide summer study alternatives and/or ability to swap between distance education mode and on campus mode where possible
  • Recognising credit achieved at interstate universities.
  • Providing access to distance education materials and class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals.


To be considered an elite athlete by ANU, a student must be identified and recognised as an elite athlete by one of the following organisations.

Students who don't meet the above criteria may still submit an application to be considered as an elite athlete. The National Coach & Athlete Careers & Education Manager will act as a representative from the Australian Sports.

Applications may be considered for graduate students and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Enrolled ANU Students

Formal signed documentation from your national sporting body or approved organisation indicating your level of competition (national/international) including a statement of support for the application of elite athlete status must be provided along with any relevant training and competition schedules. You must register each year to continue to be eligible for elite athlete status using the Application for ANU Student Elite Athlete Program Form. Once you have obtained your documentation contact the Office of Access & Inclusion for an appointment or to have your documentation assessed for eligibility.  

Prospective ANU Students

ANU is committed to supporting our elite athletes in accessing tertiary education.

In addition to offering support during your studies, ANU offers an entry pathway to elite athletes who are seeking admission. Elite athlete students who are applying to the University for an eligible ANU undergraduate degree program may apply for an adjustment of their selection rank, in reflection of the commitments they have made as an elite athlete throughout years 11 and 12.

Refer to the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Entry Scheme for eligibility criteria and further information.