Changes to direct application admissions for 2023

Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, we have adapted our admissions process for undergraduate study at ANU in 2023.

We will make offers based on Year 11 results on 5 September 2022, and these will be honoured for study in 2023 as long as students have completed Year 12 with an ATAR.

Learn more about these changes and how it may affect your application, the co-curricular and service requirement, or program pre-requisites in our admissions FAQs

These changes do not apply to non-school leavers and/or those who did not study an Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (November Session) program. The information on this page is related to study in 2023.


Assessing your application 

Your domestic direct application will be assessed on three requirements: 

  • the co-curricular or service requirement 
  • academic requirements (Year 11 results for the September round, better of the Year 11 results and the Year 12 results for the December/January rounds) 
  • additional program requirements like pre-requisites or portfolios if applicable for your chosen program 


Making an offer 

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

We calculate your ANU Selection Rank and will provide this to your in your offer letters. 


September offer round

As mentioned above, due to COVID-19, ANU will now make offers based on Year 11 results, and these will be honoured for study in 2023 as long as students have completed Year 12 with an ATAR. Your September round offer is based on your ANU Selection Rank. View our application timeline to see when your September offer will be released.  

Your ANU Selection Rank is calculated using your Year 11 results, your school's average ATAR performance in previous years, and any adjustment factors you are eligible for. This process allows us to make you an early offer based on your Year 11 performance. 


Result format for Year 11 studies

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 available under Reference Documents for acceptable result format. 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.


Final offer rounds

If your Year 11 results did not meet our early entry requirements, or you have changed your preferences, we will automatically reassess your application based on the better of the Year 11 Selection Rank (Year 11 results plus any applicable adjustments) and the Year 12 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustments).

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 in 2022.

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


Priority admission  

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

Tier 1: 

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

Tier 2: 

Tier 3: 

  • All other students 

Here's how it works: 

  • Bahaar is in the top-2% of students in her school. She applies to ANU and has an ANU Selection Rank of 90 and tier 1 status. 
  • James performs well academically and is of Torres Strait Islander heritage. He applies to ANU and has ANU Selection Rank of 91 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 she has tier 1 status, the second place is allocated to James in tier 2 and the third place is allocated to Sarah in tier 3. 


Mandatory maths and English from 2024

Note - This new requirement has now been postponed to applicants applying for admission from 2024 onwards

Successful completion in senior secondary maths and English is mandatory for applications submitted in 2023 for commencement in 2024. You will need to complete: 

at least one high school English course/unit in at least one semester during Year 11 and 

at least one high one high school maths course/unit in at least one semester during Year 11.