Admissions criteria

Applicants with previous higher education study

If you have previously successfully completed a minimum of two subjects at university and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through the GPA achieved in these studies, you will meet CSU's minimum entry requirements.

Some courses require increased entry requirements and these will be identified in the Online Course Brochure for the course you wish to study.

Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit may be awarded for study or relevant work experience completed prior to applying for a course. Previous study may be from Charles Sturt University or another institution.

Credit may be awarded for specific subjects, a number of electives or a level of subjects, meaning you could be exempt from completing one or more subjects listed in the course structure of your degree. Depending on the credit that is awarded, this could mean that you are able to complete your chosen course in less time, and at a lower cost.

Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis, although some courses have established credit arrangements. Visit Credit for Prior Learning for more information.

Completed bridging or enabling course

Diploma of General Studies

CSU's Diploma of General Studies is a one year full-time pathway program for students who wish to study at CSU but do not meet the entry requirements or require further preparation for university level study. The course is offered in partnership with selected TAFE institutes and consists of eight subjects studied over two 17-week sessions. Four subjects drawn from the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) and four subjects from CSU's bachelor level subjects provide a solid preparation for your university studies.

Successful completion of the Diploma of General Studies provides guaranteed entry into selected undergraduate CSU degrees. In some cases, credit for up to four CSU subjects in a bachelor's degree will be granted.

Find out more information about guaranteed entry for students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga.

Other Bridging or Enabling Courses

CSU will assess other institutions' bridging or enabling courses on a case-by-case basis, and applicants will be  eligible for admission to CSU if they are deemed to have an equivalent rank to that required for the course.

Applicants with previous vocational education and training (VET) study

If you have previously successfully completed a Certificate III or higher qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) from a registered training provider such as TAFE and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through these studies, you will meet CSU's minimum entry requirements.

OR

If you have completed more than 50 per cent of a Diploma level qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) from a registered training provider such as TAFE and are able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through these studies, you will meet CSU's minimum entry requirements.

Some courses have higher entry requirements and these will be identified in the Online Course Brochure for the course you wish to study.

Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit may be awarded for study or relevant work experience completed prior to applying for a course. Previous study may be from Charles Sturt University or another institution.

If you are a TAFE student, read more information about credit for TAFE qualifications.

Credit may be awarded for specific subjects, a number of electives or a level of subjects, meaning you could be exempt from completing one or more subjects listed in the course structure of your degree. Depending on the credit that is awarded, this could mean that you are able to complete your chosen course in less time, and at a lower cost.

Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis, although some courses have established credit arrangements. Visit Credit for Prior Learning for more information.

Australian secondary studies

Recent Australian Year 12 students (within the past two years)

Entry to CSU's courses is assessed on the basis of your academic results, as well as your performance in any additional selection criteria for your course, such as an interview, audition or portfolio.

Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the mark of overall achievement given to a Year 12 student in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. You obtain an ATAR by satisfactorily completing at least 10 units of ATAR courses during your Higher School Certificate (HSC).

When determining eligibility to highly competitive courses CSU moves down the ranking list for each of the competitive programs and makes offers until no more places are left.

When determining eligibility to less competitive courses CSU will assess on the basis of rank to the minimum ATAR for the course.
ATAR-related adjustments

Regional location adjustment scheme

We know that sometimes regional schools don't have the same advantages as city schools, so if you're completing high school in a regional area we'll adjust your selection rank by five points as part of our location adjustment scheme. Best of all, you don't have to do a thing to get them – the adjustment will automatically be made when you apply.

Access Schemes

Charles Sturt University recognises that there are people who for reasons beyond their control – such as finances, family trauma, moving school, and personal illness/disability – have not been able to compete equally during their education. Educational disadvantages are considered to be factors that may have impacted negatively upon your preparation for university study. Access schemes take these disadvantages into consideration and may adjust your selection rank by up to an additional seven points.

If you are planning to study an undergraduate degree on campus, you can apply through UAC's Educational Access Scheme or VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme. If you are applying direct to CSU, you can apply using the Special Consideration Application Form. Dates and forms are available on the Access Schemes information page.

Requirements that may apply in addition to ATAR

Some courses require you to attend an interview, give an audition, or supply a portfolio in addition to submitting your main application. Your performance in these areas will be assessed along with your academic grades. Specific details are given on the Online Course Brochures.

Supplementary application forms

For some courses, you will need to fill out a supplementary application form. Download the relevant form here.

Other admission options

Elite Athlete Program

Elite Athlete SCA Applications are assessed first by the Student Liaison Officer (Elite Athletes and Sport) and then by the relevant Head of School. Applications forwarded to the Head of School will be considered for an offer based on Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR)/grades and the documentation provided.

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

CSU recognises passion and potential and will look at your academic achievements from Year 11, your school's recommendation, and other supporting documents through the UAC Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS).

The Schools Recommendation Scheme is not available for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Technology / Master of Engineering (Civil Systems)
  • Diploma of General Studies.

To apply for SRS, you must first apply for undergraduate admission and meet other eligibility criteria. Visit the UAC website for more information and to apply.

My Day

The MyDay program gives you the chance to experience university life and study at CSU. You can spend a day on campus participating in a range of activities focused on the course area you're interested in. You will also be able to check out the facilities, and meet staff and students who can answer all your questions about what it's really like to study at CSU.

Some courses offer you the opportunity to undertake an assessment or interview during the MyDay program to determine your suitability for the course. If you are deemed to have a reasonable prospect of success based on these assessments, you may be invited to apply for the course straight away. Offers of Admission will be subject to you successfully completing your Year 12 studies to the best of your abilities.

Previous Australian Year 12 studies

If you completed your Year 12 qualification more than two years ago, you can still use it to apply for entry.

If you completed high school before 2009, your rank may have a different name. In Australia, you may have acquired a Universities Admission Index (UAI).

If you completed your HSC at TAFE, this is considered to be a secondary qualification and you will still be eligible for an ATAR.

Interstate Year 12

ENTER, TER and OP

Ranking systems from other Australian states that are used include:

  • Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia
  • Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) in Victoria
  • Overall Position (OP) in Queensland.

An ATAR of 81.00 is equal to a TER of 81.00 and an ENTER of 81.00. To see how the OP compares, see the OP-ATAR conversion table published by UAC.

All applicants with these qualifications have the same chance of being selected as a student from NSW with an equivalent overall result.

Applicants with work and life experience

Some courses at CSU will accept applicants with work or life experience in an area relevant to the area of study, as determined by the Course Director. This will be identified in the Online Course Brochure for the course you wish to study.

Applicants may be asked to complete the special tertiary admissions test (STAT) with a minimum score of 144 or provide additional academic supporting information to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success in the academic components of a CSU course.