The Admissions and Interview Process

The University of Notre Dame Australia offers a more personalised admissions process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Prospective students apply directly to the University's Admissions Office. There is no application fee.

To identify and select potential students, the University applies a comprehensive admissions process which goes beyond the use of a single score.

Entry into Notre Dame is based upon:

  • personal qualities, motivation to study and academic potential;
  • contribution to school or institution, church and community life;
  • academic record;
  • an interview with a member of the academic staff of the University.

Recommended Courses of Study
Notre Dame does not require the completion of prerequisite subjects for its courses. However, it recommends that ATAR courses of study be taken in Year 12. For further details, please see the Recommended Courses of Study flyer.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications must be made directly to Notre Dame using the Undergraduate Admissions Guide or the Application Form in the Undergraduate Course Guide. Further information is available from the Prospective Students Office or the Admissions Office. There are two categories of undergraduate applicants:

  • School leaver: students who are under 20 years of age on 1 March in their year of application and who have not attempted study after completing high school such as TAFE or university.
  • Mature-age: students who are aged over 20 years of age on 1 March in their year of application, or those under 20 who have attempted some post- secondary study.

International Students

International students of all cultures and faiths are welcome at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Notre Dame applies the same admission criteria to international students as it does to Australian citizens for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Students must demonstrate that they meet the University's standard of academic preparation and English language competence. The IELTS scores (or an equivalent competency examination) for admission to Notre Dame degree programs are between 6.5 and 8.0 depending on course of study.

For further information, please refer to the International Course Guide or contact the Prospective Students Office or the Admissions Office on any campus.

Special Consideration

Special Consideration is given in exceptional circumstances which are beyond the student's control. These circumstances may prevent the student from performing at their best during their WACE Exams and/or during Year 12.

The reasons for exceptional circumstances can be classified under one of the following categories:

  • Medical: to cover medical conditions of a serious nature, e.g. hospitalisation, serious injury or chronic illness
  • Compassionate: for example, death of close family member, family breakdown
  • Hardship/Trauma: for example, severe disruption to domestic arrangements, victim of crime

Applicants applying for special consideration should complete the Special Consideration Application Form and submit with their application. For further questions about special consideration, please contact the Admissions Office on (08) 9433 0537 or email