Entry requirements: Domestic undergraduate

Information for all applicants

To be eligible for entry to an undergraduate degree you must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or an equivalent qualification;
  • satisfy each of the prerequisite subjects for the course and any prerequisite tests, interviews or auditions (see Course Search for details about prerequisite subjects and scores);
  • achieve the required marks in each of the prerequisite subjects (see Course Search for details);
  • achieve the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), or notional ATAR for the degree (with the exception of Access Melbourne applicants);
  • meet the English language requirements.

Applicants studying an Australian Yr 12 qualification or the IB

Entry scores for domestic students

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered on the basis of academic merit. The 2016 Clearly-in Rank is the ATAR at or above which all applicants received a CSP in Round 1 of 2016.

Unless you are eligible for a special entry scheme you must achieve the minimum ATAR to be considered for entry to an undergraduate degree, but the Clearly-in Rank may be above the minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available. Only applicants eligible for a special entry scheme may be admitted to a Commonwealth Supported Place below the minimum ATAR. SeeCourse Search for further details of selection criteria for each undergraduate course, including prerequisite subjects.

Course 2017
Minimum ATAR
Clearly-in Rank
Agriculture 70.00 70.15
Arts 85.00 88.85
(Chancellor's Scholars Program)
99.90[1] 99.90
Arts (Extended) 50.00 [2]
Biomedicine 96.00 98.30
(Chancellor's Scholars Program)
99.90[1] 99.90
Commerce 93.00 95.00 [1]
Design 85.00 NA
(Chancellor's Scholars Program)
99.90[1] NA
Environments (no 2017 intake) 85.00 85.00
(Chancellor's Scholars Program) (no 2017 intake)
99.90[1] NA (less than 10 Year 12 offers made)
Fine Arts [2] [2]
General Studies 50.00 53.40
Music [2] [2]
(Chancellor's Scholars Program)
99.85[1] [2]
Oral Health 85.00 85.25
Science 85.00 85.00
(Chancellor's Scholars Program)
99.90[1] 99.90
Science (Extended) 50.00 [2]
Urban Horticulture (Associate Degree) 54.00 62.85
  1. Applicants with this ATAR/notional ATAR will be guaranteed a place (applicants for the Bachelor of Music must meet the extra requirements). Applicants with an ATAR below this may be considered depending on demand, but entry is not guaranteed.
  2. Range of criteria used for selection. See Course Search for more information.

Australian (domestic) students studying overseas

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident you are considered a domestic student for the purposes of admission to the University, regardless of where you complete your secondary schooling.

All domestic undergraduate applicants, regardless of where you complete your secondary schooling, must apply for entry to the University through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

To be eligible for entry to an undergraduate degree, you must fulfill all the following requirements:

  • Complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or an equivalent Australian or overseas qualification. Please refer to the list of equivalent qualifications.
  • Complete and achieve the required grades in each of the prerequisite subjects for the course and any additional tests, interviews or auditions (see Course Search for details about prerequisite subjects and scores)
  • Meet the English language requirements

Entry standards for international students offer a guide to the level of achievement needed for applicants with recognised secondary qualifications from overseas. Note that for domestic students, achieving these minimum entry standards will not guarantee selection to the University. Selection is competitive and will be determined by the number of Commonwealth Supported Places available and the applicants vying for places. The exact standard required will not be known until after selection has taken place.

See the information for Australian students studying overseas for more details on entry requirements and how to apply.

Non-Year 12 applicants

Many applicants are not applying directly after completing a Year 12 qualification and applicants with many different academic backgrounds fit into this category. For more information about the most common ones please see the non-Year 12 applicants page.

If you don't fit into one of these common groups or you have further questions about your eligibility for entry to the University of Melbourne please contact us.

English language requirements

Undergraduate domestic students who have completed the VCE, IB, another Australian Year 12 qualification or the NCEA typically meet the University’s English language requirement by completinga recognised English subject in their secondary qualification and achieving the score required by the course they are applying for (refer to Course Search for details).

All undergraduate students satisfying the English language requirement with the equivalent of a VCE English, English Language or English Literature study score in the 25-29 range (or a VCE ESL study score in the 30-34 range) will be required to take a Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA) on enrolment at the University and to follow recommendations for language support.

Further information about DELA

Selection principles

Each undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne has published prerequisites and selection criteria. Eligible applicants are ranked in order of merit as measured against these criteria. The highest achieving applicants are chosen first until the quota of places available in the course is filled.

See also the official University Selection Principles: