Start your university experience the right way with an undergraduate course at ACU. You’re an undergraduate student if you’re looking to study your first university course, such as a bachelor or associate degree.

Your new life begins in five steps

Apply for one of our undergraduate courses using this step-by-step guide.
Applying is easy; the process should only take around 20 minutes.

It's important you know this guide is for domestic undergraduate applications only. You're a domestic student if you're one of the following:

  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • New Zealand citizen

If you're based overseas and will require an international student visa, you should visit our step-by-step guide for international undergraduate applications.

Go to our international undergraduate application guide

1. Choose your course

Find the program that's right for you by taking a look through our available undergraduate courses. Browse by course type, subject or study area.

Browse or search our undergraduate courses

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2. Check eligibility and closing dates

Once you've chosen your course, it's important to find out what kind of applicant you are and check if you meet the entry requirements.

You can also learn about our admissions pathways and ATAR adjustment factors if you've just finished school.

Visit our undergraduate entry requirements

Check closing dates

We don't want you to miss out. Stay on top of your application by taking note of any relevant application deadlines.

View the upcoming application deadlines

3. Browse scholarships and entry schemes

Take a moment to see if you're eligible to apply for one or more of our scholarships. We offer nearly 400 scholarships each year and you can apply for as many as you like.

Browse available scholarships

Check if you are eligible for an entry scheme

Entry schemes improve your chances of getting into your preferred course, by considering criteria other than your selection rank.

We offer different options for future students with demonstrated abilities in athletics or performance, volunteering or community engagement.

Under these schemes, you may gain early entry to your degree, benefit from ATAR adjustment factors, and be able to access a range of exclusive leadership development opportunities.

Explore the Elite Athlete and Performer Program

Year 12 students can apply for an early offer via the ACU Guarantee program

ACU offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a dedicated pathway to university

Serving and former veterans of our Defence Forces, and their families, can apply for special entry and scholarships at ACU

4. Gather your documents

You'll need the following items and supporting documents to get your application underway:

  • Personal email address: Use the email address you check most often. Don't use your school email address - you may lose access soon after class finishes.
  • High school results: You'll be required to provide details of your Year 11 and 12 school results, as well as your Tertiary Entrance Statement.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV): If you need to demonstrate work experience to enter your chosen course, you'll need to provide a copy of your current CV with your online application.
  • Proof of name change: If your transcripts or qualifications are under a different name, you'll need to provide proof of name change (eg, a marriage certificate).

Initial teacher education students

If you intend on studying teaching, you'll also need to complete the following:

  • demonstrate your suitability for teaching when you apply for your course
  • pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) before your final year of study.

Learn more by visiting additional requirements for some courses.

Additional requirements for some courses

5. Apply

Most undergraduate course applications are submitted via a state Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC).

Each state TAC operates a centralised application system and provides information and support for future students.

You can apply for entry to your preferred undergraduate course and campus at the relevant TAC website:

Direct application

In some circumstances, you apply for your undergraduate course directly to us. This can happen when:

  • You are not a recent school leaver, OR
  • VTAC applications have closed and you did not submit an application, OR
  • You didn't receive an ATAR or didn't finish high school, and you'd like to apply for our Foundation Studies program OR
  • You are applying through one of our special entry programs.

To find out if your preferred undergraduate course accepts direct applications, visit the relevant course page.

View our undergraduate course pages

Do you need to take the Special Tertiary Admissions Test?

If you're over 21 and haven't completed any secondary school, vocational training or higher education studies, you can complete the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

You can then use these results to gain admission into ACU.

Learn more about the STAT

What happens next

Once you've applied, you can sit tight. You'll receive confirmation of your application. We'll then assess your application and let you know the outcome.

1. If you want to change your preferences

If you want to add, change or rearrange your preferences once your ATAR results are released, you can do so at your relevant TAC website.

2. If you received an offer

If you got the offer you wanted, you're on your way to something great. But we need you to give us the go-ahead.

Respond to your offer by accepting, declining or deferring.

See how to respond to your offer

If you received an offer but have not yet accepted/declined/deferred and would prefer to be considered for an alternate ACU course before semester commences, you can submit an AO form. See which courses you can change to at the Alternate Offer page.

3. If you didn't get an offer

If you didn't get the offer you wanted, there's no need to panic. We have a range of pathways available to get you into your dream course.

View our admission pathways

Need help? We’re here to assist

You can reach out to us at AskACU or student support if you have any questions about the undergraduate application process.

Email AskACU

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Call us on 1300 275 228.

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