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    Who can apply for the Young Achievers Early Offer Program

    Notre Dame’s Early Offer 2024 program is for year 12 school-leavers completing the ATAR pathway. If you are currently in year 12 completing the ATAR pathway, you have the opportunity to secure a spot at the university that emphasises the whole person. Early Offer applications will need to include your Year 11 and Year 12 school reports and we base your eligibility on your predicted ATAR. You can find out more about our Early Offer minimum academic entry requirements for our programs on our website.

    How do I apply for the Young Achievers Early Offer Program?

    The first step is to gather your information:

    Academic information:

    • Students from Western Australia should collate your Year 11 and Year 12* mid-year reports in a digital file.
    • Students from New South Wales should make sure to have your 8-digit NESA number and your NESA Student eRecord for Year 11 results ready to provide. You may also collate your Year 11 and Year 12* mid-year reports in a digital file.

    * If you don’t haven’t received your Year 12 report yet, you can submit an application and provide this once available.

    Non-academic information:

    We want to know more about you, not just your academic achievements! In the application, you will be asked about your non-academic commitments and you will be able to provide details. You may also wish to upload supporting documentation, which may include:

    • A recommendation from your school or community group, or
    • Awards, certificates, articles, curriculum vitae, etc

    Other information:
    Some programs require specific information from applicants which accrediting bodies require. Notre Dame complies with accreditation requirements to ensure our graduates meet the requirements of their chosen industry. Visit the How to Apply page to find out more.

    At Notre Dame, we consider the whole person, so get ready to tell us about yourself by answering the following questions in your application form:

    • Tell us how you contribute, and how frequently, to community life.
    • Why are you applying to study at Notre Dame?
    • Why have you chosen to study this degree?

    Once ready, submit your application online.

    Do I need to ask my school to provide a reference?

    It’s optional to submit a reference from your school or community group, but it can help your application as we also consider your non-academic achievements. Recommendations must be provided as a PDF on school (or organisation) letterhead and be signed by the appropriate authority.

    Can I apply for special consideration?

    Please provide a written statement and provide supporting documentation in the Special Consideration Application Form. If you have applied for special consideration through UAC or TISC, you may provide a copy of this Educational Access Scheme (EAS) documentation instead of completing the Notre Dame form.

    If I did ATAR in year 11 but not in Year 12, can I still apply for an Early Offer?

    The Early Offer 2024 program is only available for students who will complete an ATAR pathway in both Year 11 and Year 12 and who will receive an ATAR and WACE / HSC certificate once they complete their studies.

    What are the application dates for Early Offer?

    Applications for our Early Offer 2024 program open on Monday 1 May 2023 and close on Saturday 30 September 2023.

    I’ve applied - what happens now?

    That’s it! You’ll receive an email confirming submission of your application. Your application will be assessed by the Admissions team and if we need any further information, we’ll contact you directly.

    What does a conditional Early Offer mean?

    An Early Offer from the University requires completion of your HSC, WACE or interstate equivalent and receipt of your ATAR.

    If you receive a conditional offer, that means there are elements of the entry criteria that you have not yet met, for example English Language test. You must meet these requirements prior to being able to commence your studies with us.

    If you have not met the non-academic criteria, such as the statement of purpose for initial teacher education programs (e.g. Bachelor of Primary Education), once you have provided the requested information and it has been deemed sufficient, your offer will automatically become a firm offer.

    What happens if I don’t receive an Early Offer?

    If you don’t receive an Early Offer, your application will automatically be considered at main round once final Year 12 results are released. So, you don’t have to apply again.

    How do I submit my supporting documents or final reports?

    If you have not yet submitted your application, you should upload them to your online application. Please submit files in the following formats: pdf, jpeg, png, doc or docx, with each file size not exceeding 2MB. If you have already submitted your application and wish to, or have been requested to, supply additional documentation, you should email this to the Admissions team via email to

    If my results are under the benchmark, can I still apply?

    Yes, you should. At Notre Dame, we consider the whole person, including non-academic achievements, which can contribute to your overall selection rank. If you do not secure an Early Offer, your application will automatically be considered for the main round intake, so you won’t have to apply again. You will also be considered for pathway programs, that upon successful completion, can get you into the degree you want to study.

    Notre Dame also offers their Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP) in an intensive mode in early January for applicants who just miss out on their program of choice. Students who successfully complete this can then commence their undergraduate degree in Semester 1. (NB. TPP is not a pathway to all undergraduate degrees).

    Can you apply for an Early Offer for all degrees?

    You can apply for an Early Offer for any Bachelor’s degree. This does not include the Tertiary Pathway Program or postgraduate programs like the Doctor of Medicine.

    When will I find out if I received an Early Offer?

    Applicants are advised to accept their offer as soon as they receive it. If you your offer letter has a deadline to accept, you must accept by this date, or you may lose your place in the program.

    Please note that accepting your offer will hold your place until enrolments open. Once you are able to enrol, the only way to truly secure your place is to enrol.

    If I accept an Early Offer, can I change my mind?

    Yes, you can. Get in touch with the Admissions Team if you are interested in changing degrees. Please be aware that some degrees have higher entry requirements and your application may have to be reassessed. If changing your preference to a high-demand program, you may not be eligible for consideration until main round, depending on the timing of the request.

    Please note that applicants cannot have multiple active early offers.

    If I apply for or receive an Early Offer, can I still apply to other universities through UAC or TISC?

    Yes, you can. You can also apply for Notre Dame through UAC and TISC. We understand that you will want to consider many options as you move into higher education study. Throughout the year, we will be in contact to invite you to events that may interest you and send you student stories and updates so you get the full insight into life as a Notre Dame student.

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