Pathways for Indigenous students

At ANU, we are committed to the advancement of Australia's Indigenous peoples. The Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre at ANU provides a meeting place and support-base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, while the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) promotes and initiates cross-disciplinary research and teaching in a wide range of areas of relevance to Indigenous Australians.

In acknowledgement of the pressures that may prevent Indigenous Australian's from accessing educational opportunities, ANU provides multiples pathways into our programs. If you have not met the minimum score requirements for entry, the following schemes can offer alternative entry and pathway options. ANU also offers a number of scholarships for Indigenous students and assistance with obtaining accommodation


Schools Recommendation Scheme

ANU Schools' Recommendation Scheme (SRS) offers early entry to current Year 12 school leavers from Australian secondary schools. The University will offer early entry to students based on the recommendation of their school and provided the applicant gains a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of 70 (for programs with a selection rank between 80-82) or within 5 points (for programs with a selection rank between 83-98). Contact the Career Advisor at your school to discuss accessing this scheme.

Visit ANU Schools' Recommendation Scheme (SRS) for more information.


National Access Scheme (NAS)

Academic Adjustment

Year 12 applicants who with high achievement in national strategic senior secondary school subjects may receive an adjustment of their ANU selection rank in recognition of this achievement. Subject-based adjustments are made according to the Academic Adjustment Schedule set out in the NAS.

You do not need to apply for a subject-academic adjustment; it is automatically added to your selection rank.

Equity Adjustment

Students with good academic potential, who have experienced serious long term disadvantages in their educational preparation for tertiary entrance, may be eligible for an equity-based selection rank adjustment.

You will need to apply through the UAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) and provide appropriate supporting documentation to support your application. Disadvantages may include geographical isolation, serious medical problems, disability and family relationship problems. Qualifying applicants will have a rank adjustment added to their selection rank for their preferred eligible ANU programs.

Visit ANU Adjustment Factors for more information.


ANU College

ANU College (ANUC) is the English Language and academic pathway provider for The Australian National University (ANU). ANU College provide a range of programs designed to help you successfully transition to undergraduate or postgraduate courses at ANU.


Special Consideration

If your previous academic performance at either secondary or tertiary level has been adversely affected by circumstances beyond your control, or you have a record of failure, you may be eligible to submit an application for special consideration.


Adult or mature-age entry

If you are aged 21 or over on 1 March in the year in which you intend to commence an ANU program and do not have assessable qualifications, or your qualifications do not meet the University's regular entry requirements, you may be eligible for an ANU mature-age entry scheme.


For further assistance, contact the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre on telephone 02 6125 4038 or email Alternatively, contact the ANU Admissions Office on telephone 02 6125 5594 or email

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