Other pathways

If you do not meet minimum requirements for entry to ANU, the following schemes may offer you some alternative options.

Adult or mature-age entry

If you are aged 21 or over on 1 March in the year in which you intend to commence an ANU program and and do not have assessable qualifications, or your qualifications do not meet the University's normal entry requirements, you may be eligible for mature-age options.

Special consideration

If your previous academic performance at either secondary or tertiary level has been adversely affected by circumstances beyond your control or you have a record of failure, you may be eligible to submit a Request for Special Consideration (Admissions).

Current Year 12 students or applicants with no tertiary study must apply through the Educational Access Scheme administered by Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

School Leavers

ANU Principals Recommendation Scheme (aka Schools Recommendation Scheme)

The ANU Principals Recommendation Scheme offers early entry to domestic current school leavers, completing an Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate qualification in Australia.

Who can apply?

To be considered you must be an:

  • Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Or, Pacific Islander
  • Or, eligible for consideration under the Educational Access Scheme, having experienced serious long-term disadvantages in your educational preparation for tertiary entrance.

How do I apply?

Submit the following applications through the University Admissions Centre by 30 September:

The ANU Principals Recommendation Scheme [PDF 149KB] is not available for all programs and prerequisites/additional selection criteria may apply.

If successful based on your Principal's recommendation, you will receive an early offer. Offers will be conditional on you gaining a minimum ATAR of 70, or 75 for the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Software Engineering programs.

Contact your Career Advisor at your school if you think you qualify for this Scheme.

ANU Secondary College

The ANU Secondary College provides an enhanced learning experience for year 11 and 12 students in ACT schools and colleges. We offer courses in Conservation Biology, Chemistry, Japanese, Specialist Mathematics, and Physics.

National Access Scheme

The National Access Scheme aims to assist applicants who have completed or are completing Year 12 and have not attempted tertiary study. Students with good academic potential, who have experienced serious long-term disadvantages in their educational preparation for tertiary entrance need to apply through the UAC Educational Access Scheme and provide appropriate supporting documentation. Disadvantages may include geographical isolation, serious medical problems, disability and family relationship problems. Successful applicants will have bonus points added to their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Applicants who have studied subjects in year 12 that will assist them with their degree studies at ANU may be awarded bonus points according to the Academic Bonus points set out in the National Access Scheme. Applicants do not apply for Academic Bonus points; they will be automatically added to your ATAR.

Bonus points will be awarded according to the National Access Scheme.

National Access Scheme (Bonus Points) [PDF 80KB]

Associate degrees

ANU/ANU College Associate Degree

The ANU/ANU College Associate Degree is a recognised post secondary, two year qualification offered by ANU College an alternative means of access to ANU for capable students. A student who completes the associate degree program may receive up to 60 units towards an approved articulated Bachelor program. Apply through UAC.

Bridging courses

Bridging courses are available in Maths and Chemistry. Successful completion of the bridging course will meet the prerequisite requirements for undergraduate programs.

Maths Basics and Maths Bridging are available through ANU College

Chemistry bridging is available through the ANU Research School of Chemistry

It is advised to select a program in your list of preferences that does not have the prerequisite requirement. It may be possible to transfer programs at the time of enrolment if you have received an offer to the program with no prerequisite requirement and have successfully completed the bridging program.

Elite athletes

ANU appreciates it's not always easy to blend the demanding schedule of an elite athlete with the academic demands of university study. We want to help you do just that. Find out if you meet our criteria for elite athlete status, why it's worth considering and how to apply.

Preparatory courses

Preparatory courses build the academic skills necessary for university level study.

ANU accepts a limited number of programs run by other institutions:

  • Pre-tertiary studies offered by case institutions in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) University Preparation Program
  • University of Newcastle Open Foundation Course
  • University of Wollongong College University Access Program

Updated:  28 August 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications