Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme

The University encourages international, national and state representation in sports and artistic performance and recognises the positive alignment that elite training and participation has to the University’s academic mission.

This Entry Scheme provides for additional consideration to be given for entry into degrees at the University of Melbourne by applicants who:

  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa; and
  • Are recognised as an elite athlete or performing artist by one of these organisations; and
  • Meet the prerequisites (and any other published entry requirements) of the course; and
  • Can demonstrate that they have undertaken elite training, competition, performance and/or practice commitments whilst preparing for entry to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • Applicants will not be eligible for the Entry Scheme if their performance activity is associated with the degree to which they are applying (for example, elite musicians applying for the Bachelor of Music).
  • For more information refer to the University of Melbourne’s Selection and Admission Policy (MPF1295).

Application process

Applicants for undergraduate degrees

Your Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme application will be considered in conjunction with your VTAC application. The selection committee will give consideration to the circumstances outlined in your application, along with your academic results and any other requirements of the course(s) you have applied for.

For Semester 2 2018 entry

Once you have submitted your course application (see how to apply for undergraduate courses) you should submit an online application for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme.

Information for school leaver applicants with an ATAR or notional ATAR

Eligible applicants who completed Year 12 (VCE or equivalent) in 2017 (and have not undertaken subsequent tertiary study), and meet the course prerequisites will be guaranteed entry to the University of Melbourne in 2018 with an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of:

  • 70.00: Agriculture
  • 85.00: Arts, Design, Oral Health, Science
  • 94.00: Commerce
  • 96.00: Biomedicine

Application closing date (for all applicants)

All applications must be submitted by the VTAC application closing date. For Semester 2 2018 this is Friday 8 June 2018.

For Semester 1 2019 entry

School leaver applicants who will receive an ATAR or notional ATAR

Eligible applicants who completed Year 12 (VCE or equivalent) in 2018 and meet the course prerequisites will be guaranteed entry to the University of Melbourne in 2019 with an ATAR (or notional ATAR)* of:

  • 70.00: Agriculture
  • 85.00: Arts, Design, Oral Health, Science
  • 93.00: Commerce
  • 95.00: Biomedicine

*Subject to Academic Board approval

Early applications (for elite athletes only)

Elite athletes currently studying Year 12 can submit their online application for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme before applying for a course but it must be submitted, at the latest, by the final course application closing date for the Semester 1 intake you intend applying for (generally this is in early December).

Early applications closing date: If the application is submitted by the end of August in the year preceding entry you may receive a conditional offer for the upcoming Semester 1 intake, which will be issued by early October.

All other applicants

Once you have submitted your course application (see how to apply for undergraduate courses) you should submit an online application for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme.

Application closing date (for all applicants)

All applications must be submitted by the VTAC very late application closing date (7 December 2018 for Semester 1 2019 entry).

Applicants for graduate coursework degrees

Once you have submitted a course application (see how to apply for graduate courses) you should submit an online application for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme.

The application for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme must be submitted by the same deadline as applied to your course application.

Your Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme application will be considered as part of your course application. The selection committee will give consideration to the circumstances outlined in your application, along with your academic results and any other requirements of the course(s) you have applied for.

About the online application

Please note that this application is for the Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme only. Apply for an MU Sport scholarship here.

  • Please complete the relevant application form (as linked above)
  • Upload your verification letter from a State or National Sporting Organisation, Professional or National League team or Professional Player’s association.
  • Please only submit one application and if you need to edit your application or update your verification letter then please email national-admissions@unimelb.edu.au

Further information for elite athletes and artistic performers

The University encourages a flexible approach to the provision of assistance for elite athletes and performers. Refer to the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326) and Enrolment and Timetabling Policy (MPF1294) to find out more about available assistance.

Melbourne University Sport also offers a range of services through the University’s Elite Athlete Program including sport scholarship support. Including cash and in-kind support for elite student-athletes.

The University of Melbourne is a member of the Australian Sports Commission’s Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (EAFU).