Assessing your direct application


Assessing your application 

When assessing your offer, we consider:

  • if you have met the minimum admission requirements, including the co-curricular requirement , academic requirements, and any applicable additional program requirements (such as pre-requisites or portfolios); and,

  • your priority status. Entrance to ANU is competitive and meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee entry


Calculating your entrance rank

We will make you an offer of admission on the basis of your ANU Selection Rank.  

Over the lifetime of your application, you can expect to receive two distinct selection ranks.


Which selection rank do we use?

Offer round

Your ANU Year 11 Selection Rank.


This rank is calculated using your performance in Year 11, your school's average ATAR performance in previous years, and any applicable adjustment factors. Your ANU Selection rank is a measure of your suitability for our programs; it may differ from ATAR-predications provided by your school. We do not use, or calculate your predicted ATAR.


To successfully calculate an ANU Selection Rank we need to receive your results in a certain format. While most schools in Australia will already use this format, some do not. Please download the ANU Supplementary Form. If your result format is not one of the acceptable formats, please ask your school to translate your grades  using the ANU Supplementary Form


The completed supplementary form with your school reports should be uploaded against your application.

Early round offers are ranked using your Year 11 rank only.


Offers are conditional on your completing your senior secondary studies with an ATAR.

Your ANU Year 12 Selection Rank


This rank is your ATAR and any applicable adjustments.

Final round offers are ranked using whichever rank is higher.


Priority admission  

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

Tier 1: 

Tier 2: 

  • students whose academic performance places them in the top-2% of their secondary school campus 

Tier 3: 

  • All other students 

Here's how it works: 

  • Bahaar performs well academically and is of Torres Strait Islander heritage. They apply to ANU and has ANU Selection Rank of 91 and tier 1 status. 
  • James is in the top-2% of students in his school. He applies to ANU and has an ANU Selection Rank of 90 and tier 2 status. 
  • 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 has an ANU Selection Rank of 92 and tier 3 status. 

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 as they have tier 1 status, the second place is allocated to James in tier 2 and the third place is allocated to Sarah in tier 3. 


Changing preference

If you didn't receive an early offer, or you have changed your preferences, we will automatically reassess your application based on the better of the Year 11 Selection Rank and the Year 12 Selection Rank.

You will be made an offer to your highest eligible preference. If you received an early offer directly from ANU, your early offer will be honoured as long as the early offer program remains as your highest eligible preference and you complete Year 12 with an ATAR (or equivalent) in 2023.

If you change or re-order your preferences, your application will be reassessed in the order of your new preferences. If you are eligible and competitive for a preference which is higher than your early offer preference, your early offer will be replaced with the new offer in December/January and you will no longer be able to confirm your early offer acceptance.

If you have a UAC application as well please do not add an ANU preference (besides Bachelor of Health Science), as we will consider your direct application only, so make sure that you upload documents and change preferences in your direct application only.


Are English and math mandatory?

Not for general admission to ANU; some programs do have a maths pre-requisite.

ANU had planned to implement an English and mathematics requirement for students applying for admission in 2024. This requirement would have required all applicants to complete at least one English and one mathematics course during their senior secondary studies.

While we strongly believe studying these subjects is valuable and the skills you learn will help you succeed at ANU and beyond, they are now not mandatory for most programs. Please be advised some programs do have a mathematics pre-requisite, or assume you have studied senior-secondary mathematics. You can check the requirements for your preferred degree on Programs and Courses.