Undergraduate Admissions Information for the University of Melbourne

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About the University of Melbourne

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Admissions criteria

Applicants with higher education study

This information relates to applicants with higher education study from the last seven years (excluding extension studies taken as part of Year 12). If this information is not relevant for applicants of a specific course it will be noted in the course specific information. Applicants whose last study was more than seven years ago should refer to the information about the non-school leaver entry pathway in the section for applicants with work and life experience below.

When assessing applicants with higher education study a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) (weighted according to the point value of the individual subjects) is calculated, using a seven-point scale. Each institution assigns a value to their grades and this is used in the calculation. See http://www.vtac.edu.au/who/entry-req/gpa.html for further information. The GPA is calculated across any undergraduate and graduate coursework study undertaken. Any research study undertaken is considered in addition to the GPA.

Applicants are selected according to academic merit, usually in the form of the GPA.

Applicants with less than a year (1 EFTSL) of higher education study

The entire academic record is considered and both the ATAR (or other final secondary result) and the GPA will be taken into account.

If an applicant has completed less than a year (1 EFTSL) of higher education study and does not have a secondary qualification assessed by the University as equivalent to the VCE then the applicant will not be eligible for entry unless they are eligible under the non-school leaver entry pathway (see the section for applicants with work and life experience below).

Applicants with a year (1 EFTSL) of higher education study

Generally the GPA will be primary factor in assessment, particularly if the study is in a relevant discipline.

Applicants with more than a year (1 EFTSL) of higher education study

GPAs will be calculated across all the higher education study and across the last year (1 EFTSL) and the higher of the two will be considered in assessment. If the points equating to the last EFTSL fall within a study period (eg, semester) then all subjects within that study period will be included in the calculation.

Personal statements

For applicants with higher education study who are not clearly-in, the VTAC personal statement may be taken into account during assessment. Only some elements of the statement will be considered:

Please note that applicants with previous higher education study are not eligible for Access Melbourne. We do not look at information provided in the VTAC SEAS application by applicants in this category, only at information provided in the personal statement.

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the course prerequisites. For most applicants this will be done by with the relevant Australian Year 12 subject. However, there are other ways to satisfy a course prerequisite – for details see https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/course-prerequisites.

There is no time limit for satisfying an English prerequisite but other prerequisites must be satisfied within the last ten years to ensure the knowledge is current.

Advanced standing (credit)

Advanced standing (sometimes known as credit or recognition of prior learning) may be awarded based on prior study. See https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/admission_with_credit for details and how to apply. Advanced standing is not awarded for work experience in undergraduate degrees.

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Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

This information relates to applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study from the last seven years. If this information is not relevant for applicants of a specific course it will be noted in the course specific information. Applicants whose last study was more than seven years ago should refer to the information about the non-school leaver entry pathway in the section for applicants with work and life experience below.

To be considered for entry the study must be at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level and in a discipline relevant to the course entry is sought in. If this is not the case assessment will be based on other study completed (typically secondary results).

Applicants are selected according to academic merit, usually in the form of a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) (weighted according to the point value of the individual subject). The GPA uses a seven-point scale. Qualifications which are not graded (for example, where only competency results are awarded) are not suitable for entry as assessment is based on the GPA.

Access Melbourne

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are eligible to apply for Access Melbourne, the University’s special entry scheme.

Personal statements

For applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study who are not clearly-in, the VTAC personal statement may be taken into account during assessment. Only some elements of the statement will be considered:

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the course prerequisites. For most applicants this will be done by with the relevant Australian Year 12 subject. However, there are other ways to satisfy a course prerequisite – for details see https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/course-prerequisites.

There is no time limit for satisfying an English prerequisite but other prerequisites must be satisfied within the last ten years to ensure the knowledge is current.

Advanced standing (credit)

Advanced standing (sometimes known as credit or recognition of prior learning) may be awarded based on prior study. See https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/admission_with_credit for details and how to apply. Please note that advanced standing is not awarded for work experience in undergraduate degrees.

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Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants are selected according to academic merit, in the form of the ATAR or notional ATAR, as calculated by the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre. Courses which select primarily on ATAR will have minimum ATARs set in advance and the only applicants who will be selected below this point are those for whom additional criteria have been considered. The standard required to receive an offer in any intake may be above the minimum ATAR and will be determined as part of the selection process depending on the pool of applicants and the number of places available.

External assessment is a key component required in all qualifications approved as entry pathways to the University of Melbourne. For this reason, an ATAR or notional ATAR will be required for courses which select primarily on ATAR and study scores will be required to satisfy prerequisites (not simply completing the subject).

The University of Melbourne does not make any adjustments to the ATAR for applicants eligible for the Victorian Baccalaureate.

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the course prerequisites. For most applicants this will be done by with the relevant Australian Year 12 subject. However, there are other ways to satisfy a course prerequisite – for details see https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/course-prerequisites.

Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR

For applicants who are not clearly-in, a number of factors may be taken into consideration in addition to the ATAR or notional ATAR:

Additional consideration is given on an individual basis based on the circumstances described in the SEAS application. For some applicants selection guarantees may apply, for all applicants eligible for Access Melbourne offers are regularly made significantly below the course clearly-in rank and the minimum ATAR.

For more information see https://access.unimelb.edu.au

For applicants currently in Year 12 additional consideration may be given based on the circumstances described in the SEAS application. This additional consideration may be up to ten points added to the applicant’s aggregate and a new ATAR will effectively apply for that course.

For more information see https://access.unimelb.edu.au/home/eligibility/other-special-entry-schemes.

Additional consideration is given on an individual basis based on the circumstances described in the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme application. For some applicants selection guarantees may apply, for all applicants eligible for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme offers may be made below the course clearly-in rank.

For more information see https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/high_achievers_programs/elite-athletes-and-artistic-performers.

Adjustments for the following criteria are already made as part of the ATAR calculation and adjustments are not made by the University of Melbourne for:

Personal statements

For applicants with secondary education who are not clearly-in, the VTAC personal statement may be taken into account during assessment. Only some elements of the statement will be considered:

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Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants in this category typically fall into one of the following categories:

Applicants with secondary study from the last seven years should read the section for applicants with recent secondary education.

Applicants whose last study was more than seven years ago should refer to the information about the non-school leaver entry pathway below.

Refer to https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/school-students/australian-students-studying-overseas.

Refer to https://access.unimelb.edu.au/nsl.

Refer to the section for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.

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Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The University is committed to improving participation in higher education by Indigenous students. All applicants who indicate through the VTAC course application and/or the VTAC SEAS application that they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent will have their status verified by Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

Once verified, an assessment will be made to determine if the applicant is likely to succeed in the proposed course of study. The standard entry requirements and entry standards for the course will not necessarily apply, although they will be considered as part of the assessment of whether the applicant is ‘likely to succeed’. When determining the ‘likelihood to succeed’ the additional support available through Murrup Barak and the Wilin Centre will be taken into consideration.

For some applicants an Indigenous selection guarantee may apply. Indigenous applicants regularly receive offers when their ATAR (or notional ATAR) is significantly below the course clearly-in rank and the minimum ATAR.

Further information for Indigenous applicants can be found at https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/indigenous-students.

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Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/school-students/australian-students-studying-overseas

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English language proficiency

All applicants to the University of Melbourne must satisfy the English language requirements. For most domestic undergraduate applicants this will be done by satisfying the English prerequisite of the course with an approved Australian Year 12 English subject. For all other alternative methods of satisfying the English language requirement please see https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/language-requirements.

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How to apply

Domestic

Domestic students apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

Further information about the application process can be found at https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/applications/ug-dom

The main intake is at the start of the year (for Semester 1) but some courses do also have a mid-year intake.  Further details about the mid-year intake can be found at https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/applications/other-applications/mid-year-entry/mid-year_entry_ug-dom

International

International students who are studying Year 12 in Australia or who are current University of Melbourne international students apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

All other international students apply online directly to the University.

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Enrolment

Further information about the enrolment process once an offer has been made, including how to accept the offer; how to apply for credit for prior study (advanced standing); how to defer an offer; and fees and charges can be found at https://students.unimelb.edu.au/get-started.

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Student and campus services (including financial assistance)

The University of Melbourne offers a comprehensive range of student support services. Find out more at http://services.unimelb.edu.au/finder.

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Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new undergraduate students at the University of Melbourne. It provides data on students who commenced undergraduate study and were enrolled after the census date in Semester 1 2017. It includes those admitted through all VTAC offer rounds across all campuses. It includes students admitted into degrees which will not be available to commencing students in 2018 (Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture and Bachelor of Environments).

Applicant background

Semester 1 2017 intake

Number of students

Percentage of all students

Past higher education study

676

11.6%

Past vocational education and training (VET) study

75

1.3%

Recent secondary education (within the past two years):
  • Admitted on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity schemes)
4014 68.9%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (eg, audition, interview etc)
184 3.2%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (eg, audition, folio etc)
156 2.7%
Work and life experience (admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than that listed above):
  • Secondary education (2014 and earlier)
69 1.2%
  • Overseas secondary qualification
112 1.9%
  • Other
27 0.5%

International students who applied through VTAC (studying in Australia)

511

8.8%

Total

5824

100.0%

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Where to get further information

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