Elite athletes

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

Are you an elite athlete?

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.

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:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players’ Association
  • Australian Cricketers’ Association
  • Rugby Union Players’ Association
  • Rugby League Professionals’ Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers’ Association
  • National senior squad members from ACE supported sports

Students who don’t meet the above criteria may still submit an application and be considered as an elite athlete. The National CACE (Coach and Athlete Careers & Education) Manager will act as a representative from the Australian Sports Commission to investigate, verify and make a recommendation to the University.

Why identify as an elite athlete?

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

  • You may be eligible to receive up to 5 bonus points towards your entrance rank
  • Your student record will be flagged meaning that ANU staff will be aware that you have significant commitments outside of your study
  • You may be granted some flexible study options

Flexible study options

ANU 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
  • Provide support in negotiating and securing cross-institutional study
  • Flexibility with assessment deadlines based on sporting related travel commitments
  • ANU may allow the sitting of exams externally under exam conditions, within the athlete’s environment (eg whilst travelling, in their hotel etc)
  • The minimum attendance requirements at lectures, tutorials or practicals may be waived where student-athlete are unavailable due to sporting commitments
  • Academic study load may be tailored to integrate with sporting commitments (available for first year students as well)
  • The negotiation of lecture, tutorial and practical timetables to accommodate sporting commitments
  • Extension of maximum time to complete degree programs due to periods of decreased study load
  • Flexibility with leaves of absence where required due to increased sporting commitments (eg Olympic Games year)
  • More flexible cross-institutional study options with interstate universities
  • Provide summer study alternatives and/or ability to swap between distance education mode and on campus mode, depending on sporting commitments
  • Recognition of credit achieved at interstate universities
  • Access to distance education materials, and/or class notes for missed lectures, tutorials or practicals

How to apply

Elite athletes applying to ANU must follow the normal domestic undergraduate application procedure for their program choice. documentation that demonstrates your status as an elite athlete should be emailed to the admissions office including your UAC application number. The University will consider the documentation and will take into account when considering your application. If successful, applicants will be awarded bonus points as per the National access scheme. Applications may be considered for graduate students and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Updated:  15 October 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications