Pasifika students

ANU is committed to enhancing higher education opportunities for Pasifika communities (people of Pacific Islander and Maori descent) in Australia. As the only Australian university with a Pacific Studies undergraduate major and degree, ANU has a particular commitment to increasing the enrolment of Australians from Pacific backgrounds.

In order to encourage applications from Pasifika students, ANU has introduced the Pasifika Students Principals’ Recommendation (ANUPSPR) scheme. The University will offer early entry to Pasifika students from any Australian secondary school, based on the recommendation of the school principal but conditional on the student gaining a minimum ATAR of 70 (or equivalent).

How to apply

Pasifika Year 12 students are invited to submit an application to their school principal for consideration under the ANU Pasifika Students Principal’s Recommendation (ANUPSPR) scheme. This application should be made in August of the year prior to their intended commencement at ANU.

Applications must be submitted on the ANUPSPR application form (which will be made available early August) and include a case for consideration based on a range of educational and/or social disadvantages during the course of the students’ secondary schooling (eg disrupted schooling, financial hardship, home environment and other responsibilities). The school principal will make a recommendation based on the student’s application, supporting statements and on an assessment of the student’s performance in Year 11, their Year 12 results to date (including their HSC Trial Report or equivalent) and their perceived potential to succeed at university.

To be considered, applications (including the principal’s recommendation) must be submitted to the ANU Admissions Office by 30 September of the year prior to the commencement of the ANU program.

Applicants must also apply for a place in their intended ANU program following the normal domestic undergraduate application process by the deadline, with their ANU preference being the highest eligible preference.

The following ANU programs are eligible for the scheme:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Archaeological Practice
  • Bachelor of Classical Studies
  • Bachelor of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Languages
  • Bachelor of Art History & Curatorship
  • Bachelor of European Studies
  • Bachelor of Policy Studies
  • Bachelor of Latin American Studies
  • Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies
  • Bachelor of Pacific Studies
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Languages
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering*
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering*
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science
  • B Biotechnology
  • B Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management)
  • Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)
  • Bachelor of Science (Forest Science)

*Applications for these programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Course prerequisites may apply for some of the programs listed above.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing by ANU from the first week of December. A formal offer will be processed by UAC through the main admissions round in January. 

Enquiries about the ANUPSPR scheme should be directed to the Admissions Office.


Updated:  7 November 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications