Admission requirements

While each program has indicative academic standards that should be met, the admission criteria against which your application will be assessed are much broader. We also consider you as a person - who you are, what you have done and what you want to do with your life.

All applicants will need to meet the following.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements for their undergraduate program preferences, will be automatically considered for a Pathway program.

  • Minimum age requirements

    If you are a domestic student you are required to be 17 years of age or older or have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) at the time of enrolment at Notre Dame.

    If you are an international student requiring a visa to study in Australia, you must be 18 years old at the time of enrolment at Notre Dame.

  • English language proficiency requirements

    The University of Notre Dame Australia requires applicants to achieve minimum academic and English language proficiency standards/requirements. This ensures that applicants are sufficiently competent in the English language, allowing them to participate effectively in their chosen program and achieve the expected program outcomes.

    Applicants can demonstrate their English language proficiency by completing an English language test or through previous secondary or tertiary study as outlined at the English language proficiency requirements page.

  • Non-academic requirements (Individual Factors)

    Individual factors

    You are required to provide details of your personal qualities, experience and contribution to community life. We call these Individual Factors. Your Individual Factors may contribute towards Selection Rank adjustments.

    You can supply this information by completing our Individual Factors Form and uploading it with your application.

    See our Individual Factors webpage for further details.

  • Academic requirements

    Applicants with recent secondary education

    Have you completed secondary education within the past two years?

    Eligibility is based on achieving an indicative minimum ATAR or equivalent NESA result in NSW.  A summary of the academic requirements for each program can be found on the relevant program page.

    Applicants with Higher Education study

    Have you previously commenced or completed study at a higher education provider?

    For many programs, if you have completed at least six months of a university undergraduate degree, you can use these to apply to study at UNDA. For example, programs in Arts & Sciences and Business require a minimum of 2 successfully completed subjects. Programs in Education, Nursing, and Philosophy & Theology require a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects.

    Successful completion of a recognised Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the university or the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway can also be used to apply for some programs.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Applications for Advanced Standing are submitted after receiving an offer.

    Applicants with VET study

    Have you completed a VET qualification at a TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation?

    For many of our programs, if you have an AQF Certificate Level IV or higher and can demonstrate English language competency, you are eligible to be considered for admission. This excludes direct entry into Law, Medicine and Education.

    For some programs, completion of a higher level VET qualification relating to your field of study may enable you to be eligible for Advanced Standing.  Applications for Advanced Standing are submitted after receiving an offer.

    Applicants with work and life experience

    Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience relevant to the program. Applicants may have undertaken non-award programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry.
    • A completed Enabling course.
    • Sitting the STAT and achieving an acceptable score for the program you are interested in.  For most programs, the minimum STAT score in the Written English section is 140 (WA) or 150 (NSW) and in the Multiple Choice section is 135 (WA) or 150 (NSW).
    • ATAR or HSC (or equivalent) results if these are between 3 and 5 years old.

    Applicants with overseas qualifications

    Notre Dame accepts overseas qualifications and will determine equivalency to our standard admission requirements. There are also commonly accepted overseas secondary qualifications that Notre Dame may take into consideration. If you apply on the basis of overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications, you may be required to sit an English language proficiency test.

  • Specific program requirements

    Some programs have specific requirements such as evidence of registration, practice licenses or specific industry or professional experience.

    You can check specific requirements for the program you are interested in by checking the relevant Program Requlations.