The University of Notre Dame Australia

  • Introduction

    At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we offer an integrative and transformative educational experience that combines theoretical knowledge and hands-on, industry-specific professional experience so that you graduate job-ready. We will support you through your university journey, empowering you to make a postitive difference in the world by immersing you in an intellectual tradition that has inspired the world's best thinkers for centuries. At Notre Dame University ethics and critical thinking are integrated into your education, preparing you for a fulfilling and purposeful future.

    Our lecturers are industry professionals and leaders in their field who are here to guide you to reach your academic potential. Our programs offer practical, career-focused learning, as well as a strong foundation in ethics to help prepare you to achieve your personal and professional goals. These are just some of the reasons why we are a 5-star rated university for Teaching Quality, Skills Development, Learner Engagement, Overall Experience, Graduate Salary, and Full-Time Employment (Good Universities Guide, 2023 edition, undergraduate category).

    Located within the historic West End of Fremantle, our campus is nestled amongst cafes, restaurants and bars in the cultural, arts and music precinct, offering a welcoming social hub close to beautiful Bathers Beach and Esplanade Park, and just 30 minutes from Perth city. The campus boasts a recently refurbished, architecturally-designed student hall, as well as purpose-built laboratory and gym facilities for our Health Sciences, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Medicine students. Our Law students also benefit from taking classes in the Justice Owen Moot Court – Fremantle's oldest courthouse, which has been refurbished for student use. As a national university, Notre Dame also has campuses across Australia in Broome and Sydney.

    Our holistic admissions process goes beyond a single score and is, like the Notre Dame study experience, focused on valuing the whole person.
  • Admission criteria

    Notre Dame's admission process is multifaceted and considers each applicant on an individual basis. While each program has academic entry requirements the University also considers the whole person, as we recognise it requires more than academic excellence to succeed in your chosen profession.

    We consider your:
    • academic record
    • personal qualities, talents and non-academic achievements
    • contributions to community life

    Academic requirements

    Secondary education
    Applicants who have completed the WACE (ATAR stream), an interstate equivalent, or the IB are eligible to apply for undergraduate degrees at Notre Dame University. Entry is based on your Selection Rank (your ATAR plus relevant adjustment factors). Non-ATAR WACE students are eligible to apply for the Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP).

    Applicants who have completed Steiner, Montessori or home school curriculums are not eligible for direct entry into undergraduate degrees. They may undertake the TPP or sit a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to gain entry to a number of programs at Notre Dame.

    Higher education requirements
    To be considered for entry to Notre Dame University, applicants with previous higher education experience (excluding pathway programs) must have completed a minimum of six months study and passed at least two subjects. Some disciplines require more than this. Please refer to Notre Dame's website for further details.

    Vocational education and training (VET) study
    VET qualifications are accepted for most undergraduate degrees at Notre Dame. Applicants will generally need a minimum Certificate IV or Diploma to gain entry into a degree.

    Please refer to Notre Dame's website for further details.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test
    Applicants who do not meet entry requirements may gain admission to a range of degrees at Notre Dame through completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

    Applicants must complete both the written English and multiple-choice sections. Please refer to Notre Dame's website for further details. Please note, a STAT is not an accepted pathway for entry into Physiotherapy degrees.

    Minimum age requirements
    If you are a domestic student you are required to be 17 years or age or older or have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) at the time of enrolment at Notre Dame. If you are an international student requiring a visa to study in Australia, you must be 18 years of age at the time of enrolment at Notre Dame.

    Exceptions to the minimum age requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis and, if granted, restrictions on enrolment may be imposed.

    Discipline-specific entry requirements
    Some programs have specific requirements such as evidence of registration, practice licences or specific industry or professional experience. These requirements can be found in the relevant Program pages on our website.
  • Adjustment factors

    At Notre Dame we value the whole person. As such, we offer a range of adjustment factors which are applied to an applicant's ATAR to provide a selection rank for admission.

    Applicants can receive up to five adjustment factors (points) from each of the below categories, to a maximum of 10 in total.

    Individual factor adjustments
    At Notre Dame, we consider the whole person and recognise non-academic achievements. In your application you will be invited to provide details of your personal qualities, work and life experience and contribution to community life which will be considered as part of the admissions process. Dependent on the level of your contributions, you can be awarded between one and five adjustment factor points.

    If you are applying for a course at Notre Dame through TISC, you need to upload an Individual Factors Form as a general document with your TISC application.

    Equity adjustments
    Students who have experienced significant educational or other disadvantage due to circumstances beyond their control may qualify for equity adjustments. You will need to complete an application and provide supporting documentation to be considered. You can be awarded between one and five adjustment factor points, depending on the level and/or severity of disadvantage experienced. This can be processed centrally through TISC via their Educational Access Scheme (EAS).

    Elite athletes and Artistic performers
    Athletes who compete at – and artistic performers who have had success at – a state, national or international level may be eligible for five adjustment factor points.

    If you are an applicant who falls under this category, you must clearly indicate (via the Individual Factors form) and provide evidence (by uploading supporting documentation) that you are an elite athlete or artistic performer at the time of your application, in order to have adjustment factor points applied.

    University priority groups
    Notre Dame recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, along with Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, as priority groups who may be eligible for five adjustment factor points as part of their application.

    Points will be applied automatically for applicants who indicate that they identify as part of these priority groups.

    Subject performance
    Current and recent school leavers who achieve outstanding results in school subjects which are relevant to their chosen program at Notre Dame will receive either two, three or five adjustment factor points, depending on the level of results achieved. These will be applied automatically.

    For a list of the school subjects considered, along with the results and their respective adjustment points across different Notre Dame disciplines, visit

    Location adjustments
    Current and recent school leavers who live, or have attended school, in designated areas may be eligible for location-based adjustment factors.

    Adjustment points will be applied to the following:
    • if the area you live in or attended school in is classified as being of socioeconomic or socio-educational disadvantage
    • if you attended a school in an area classified as rural or regional.
  • English language proficiency requirements

    The University of Notre Dame Australia requires all applicants, both domestic and international, to achieve English language proficiency as well as minimum academic requirements. This ensures that applicants are sufficiently competent in the English language to participate effectively in their chosen program and achieve the expected program outcomes.

    Successful completion of secondary studies in Australia is sufficient to meet the English language proficiency requirements for entry to most of our degrees.

    Some disciplines (Education and Nursing) have specific English language requirements stipulated by the accrediting bodies. These must be satisfied in addition to the University's English language proficiency requirements.

    Please see Notre Dame's English language proficiency requirements page for further information.

    The English language proficiency requirements do not apply to our pathway programs, e.g. Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP).

  • Pathways

    Tertiary Pathway Program
    Notre Dame's Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP) is designed for students who have not met the requirements for entry into the University's undergraduate degree programs. Following successful completion of the TPP, students may gain entry to undergraduate studies in the School of Arts and Sciences (excluding Architecture), School of Business, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Philosophy and Theology.

    Unipath Program
    Notre Dame's UniPath Program is designed for Year 12 high school students who are on a Non-ATAR pathway but would like to pursue an undergraduate degree. Students can begin their pathway into university while completing Year 12.

    Priority Pathway - Medicine
    From 2024, The University of Notre Dame will be offering a pathway opportunity in Fremantle into the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine degree. This will be via the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree for top performing graduates who then successfully progress through the Doctor of Medicine admission process. Please refer to our website for further details regarding this pathway.

    Young Achiever's Early Offer Program
    Year 12 students can apply direct to Notre Dame's Young Achiever's Early Offer Program. Applications open 1 May and close 30 September 2023. Visit the Notre Dame website for more information, or call the University on (08) 9433 0533.
  • Past and current students of The University of Notre Dame

    Apply directly to Notre Dame if you are currently enrolled at Notre Dame, or have been in the past.
  • Fees

    Australian domestic undergraduate students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), reducing the amount they pay. Fees vary depending on your citizenship status, area and level of study. See on our website.
  • Scholarships

    Notre Dame offers a range of scholarship programs for students.

    Funded by the University, industry, individuals and non-profit organisations, scholarships are available to prospective and current students. While the selection criteria vary for each scholarship, community involvement and leadership roles, as well as academic performance and financial hardship, are considered as part of the application process.
  • Further information

    Contact us

    Prospective Student Office
    Visit us at 23 High Street, Fremantle
    Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
    Call us (08) 9433 0533
    Email us For further information please visit our website.

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