Whole-of-Institution admission information set

About

  • About Charles Sturt University

    Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest regional university. It is also Australia’s most experienced provider of online education.

    Our history dates back more than 125 years, to the establishment in 1895 of a vocational farm at Bathurst designed to give rural people access to skills and education. Over subsequent decades, agricultural and teaching centres were set up in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst, disseminating knowledge so individuals could improve their prospects and better serve their communities.

    Charles Sturt University officially became a university in 1989, and today we have campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. We also have specialist centres in Parramatta and Wangaratta, as well as Charles Sturt Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. We have innovative, state-of-the-art facilities in which students gain practical experience, including the National Life Sciences Hub, four dedicated university research centres, public medical, dental, wellness and community engagement centres, a farm, equine centre, television studios, art galleries, radio station and winery.

    We have unique partnerships with a wide variety of organisations, including TAFE providers, the NSW Police Force, the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Commercial Radio Australia, the Islamic Sciences & Research Academy of Australia, and universities in China and Sri Lanka.

    We also have numerous partners around the world to enable our students to undertake international study experiences, further expanding their horizons.

    We believe studying at Charles Sturt changes people’s lives for the better. For our students this means not only the rewards of study and collaboration, but also access to a whole world of employment opportunities.

    • Charles Sturt University has the highest graduate employment rate among all Australian universities (QILT 2020)
    • More than 60 per cent of Charles Sturt University's undergraduate courses provide students with access to work-based experience and placements, ensuring they are job-ready.
    • 70 per cent of Charles Sturt University's courses target skills shortage areas, delivering on the Australian government's national skills priority.

    Our research is also changing lives. We are committed to building knowledge and innovation to meet the needs of people across our regions, the nation and the world. In the latest Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative Charles Sturt University was classified well above or above world standard in these fields of research.

    • Agricultural and veterinary science
    • Applied ethics
    • Astronomical and space sciences
    • Curriculum and pedagogy
    • Environmental science and management
    • Horticultural production
    • Library and information studies

    Our rural and regional focuses, as well as strength in online education, mean Charles Sturt University is a leading institution in providing higher education opportunities to first-in-family applicants, mature-age students, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and indeed to anyone regardless of location.

    Increasing participation of First Nations Australians in higher education is also a key focus area of the university. Charles Sturt University collaborates with Indigenous communities to ensure access into the university. We are proud to be one of the top Australian universities for First Nations participation and graduation.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants with previous higher education study

    To meet the minimum entry requirements at Charles Sturt University, you'll need to:

    • have successfully completed  a minimum of two subjects at university
    • be able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) achieved in these studies.

    Some courses require increased and/or additional entry requirements and these will be identified in the online page for the course you wish to study.

    Recognition of prior learning

    When you apply to study at Charles Sturt University, you may be eligible to receive credit based on your previous study and/or work experience. This includes:

    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.

    Completed bridging or enabling course

    Diploma of General Studies and Charles Sturt Pathway

    You can study a bridging course at other institutions, like TAFE, before you enrol to study with us.

    Alternatively, we offer two courses that can get you prepared for university study and provide guaranteed entry to most of our bachelor's degrees. The Diploma of General Studies will give you entry to most undergraduate courses and you’ll graduate with a diploma qualification. For entry into bachelor’s degrees only, we have the Charles Sturt University Pathway.

    If you have completed a bridging or enabling course at an institution other than TAFE, we'll assess entry into Charles Sturt on a case-by-case basis. You'll be eligible for admission to Charles Sturt if we determine your results are equivalent to the rank required for the course.

  • Applicants with previous vocational education and training (VET) study

    To meet the minimum entry requirements at Charles Sturt, you must have either:

    • previously completed a Certificate III or higher qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) from a registered training provider such as TAFE

    or

    • completed more than 50 per cent of a diploma level qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework from a registered training provider such as TAFE.

    You must also be able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success through these studies.

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

    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

  • Australian secondary studies

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

    For most applicants, your academic ranking will be the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). This is the mark of overall achievement given to Year 12 students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. You obtain an ATAR by completing your Higher School Certificate (HSC).

    When considering applications, the University moves down the ranking list for each course and makes offers until no more places are left. This process establishes our ATAR cutoffs for that year.

    When all the places have been filled and enrolments finalised, we publish a list of the ATAR and equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) cutoffs. You can review this list to get an idea of the results you'll need to gain entry to your preferred course in the next intake.

    Entry to Charles Sturt's courses is assessed on your academic results, and your performance in additional selection criteria as set out for each course. This might also include an assessment based on 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 Australia. You obtain your ATAR by satisfactorily completing at least 10 units of ATAR courses during your Higher School Certificate (HSC) or interstate equivalent.

    When we determine eligibility for highly competitive courses, we move down the ranking list for each of the competitive programs and make offers until no more places are left. When determining eligibility to less competitive courses, we'll 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 the regional location adjustment scheme. Best of all, you don't have to do a thing – the adjustment will automatically be made when you apply.

    Access schemes

    At Charles Sturt, we recognise that sometimes you haven't been able to compete equally during your education. We're talking about reasons outside your control, like finances, family trauma, moving school, personal illness or disability.

    Our access schemes take these disadvantages into consideration, which can increase your ranking selection up to seven (7) points.

    You can find important dates and deadlines for submitting your application on our 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 course pages.

    Supplementary application forms

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

  • Other admission options

    Elite Athlete Program

    Charles Sturt is an Elite Athlete and Performer Friendly University. If your competition or training requirements have impacted your study preparation, you may be eligible for special consideration entry.

    If you want to study an undergraduate degree on campus, you can apply through:

    If you're applying direct to Charles Sturt University, use our Elite Athlete/Performer Program Special Consideration for Admission Form.

    Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

    The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) gives you a chance to secure your place at Charles Sturt before exam results are released. The scheme recognises passion and potential in students, with entry open to all Charles Sturt undergraduate courses EXCEPT for:

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

    If you're an early offer applicant, we'll assess your:

    To apply for the Schools Recommendation Scheme, you'll need to first enrol for undergraduate admission before you submit your application. You'll also need to meet any other eligibility criteria. You can find information about these requirements on the UAC website.

    Previous Australian Year 12 studies

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

    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 a secondary qualification and you'll be eligible for an ATAR.

  • Applicants with work and life experience

    Some Charles Sturt University courses are open to you if you have demonstrated work or life experience in a relevant area. Our Course Directors will make this assessment for you. Take a look at your course online to see if work and life experience are listed as criteria for successful application.

    While academic achievement is not the main criteria for a successful application, you may be asked to complete the special tertiary admissions test (STAT).

    You'll need a minimum score of 144, or provide additional academic supporting information, to be able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success in the academic components of the course.

Additional information

  • First Nations people

    Charles Sturt, First Nations Student Services and Wiradjuri people are working together in education. We proudly acknowledge this in Charles Sturt's philosophy of 'Sharing learning in Wiradjuri country'.

    First Nations Access Program

    The First Nations Access Program is a supported personalised pathway into university that assesses skills and suitability for academic life .

    Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

    Charles Sturt’s Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) is only open to students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. This course aims to prepare graduates who have appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to work as mental health workers within their own communities and mainstream mental health services.

    To be admitted to the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) applicants must demonstrate their aptitude through previous relevant experiences in the field of mental health and Indigenous issues, and, if required, have completed a bridging program.

  • Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

    If you completed your secondary school studies in another country, check to see if your qualification is on our list of recognised secondary qualifications. If not, you can still apply and we will assess your application.

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) offers a table that shows – for each IB diploma subject – the comparable subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC). To view this table, go to the UAC website.

    New Zealand NCEA Level 3

    If you’ve completed the NCEA Level 3, an Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) will be calculated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and provided to UAC and VTAC. This will be used in the selection process, provided you have fulfilled university entrance requirements as set out by NZQA.

  • English language proficiency

    You will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if you were either:

    1. born in one of the countries in the table below and have completed at least one assessable qualification – undertaken in English – from one of these countries
    2. not born in one of the countries in the table below and do not have an assessable qualification – undertaken in English – from one of these countries but are able to provide proof of English proficiency.

    American Samoa

    Fiji

    Jamaica

    New Zealand

    Solomon Islands

    United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)

    Australia

    Ghana

    Kenya

    Nigeria

    South Africa

    United States of America

    Botswana

    Guyana

    Lesotho

    Papua New Guinea

    Tonga

    Zambia

    Canada

    Ireland

    Liberia

    Singapore

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Zimbabwe

    Assessable qualifications from the countries listed above that may be accepted as satisfying English proficiency include:

    1. senior secondary studies, comparable with the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)
    2. one full year of Australian or comparable tertiary studies, including RATE associate diploma and diploma, associate degree, bachelor’s degree and postgraduate studies
    3. completed AQF diploma and advanced diploma
    4. Australian or comparable non-award studies and tertiary preparation courses, including NSW TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), with a full-time equivalence of one year.

    The following qualifications may also be accepted as satisfying English proficiency if you were born in and undertook the qualification in one of the countries listed in the table above.

    1. Other post-secondary studies, including certificate and advanced certificate.
    2. Special Tertiary Admissions Tests (STAT).

    Acceptable tests for English proficiency

    The list of acceptable tests for English proficiency (and the required results) that must be attained within two years of starting your course are detailed on the English language proficiency requirements page. (An applicant who does not otherwise meet the university's requirements may be admitted on the recommendation of the Executive Dean of the appropriate faculty.)

    Recognition of English language programs at other Australian universities

    Charles Sturt University will recognise results in English language programs offered by other Australian universities where the level of achievement attained in the program is deemed to be equivalent to the proficiency standards detailed on the English language proficiency requirements page.

    Additional English language proficiency requirements

    A faculty may require a higher standard of proficiency for programs that are linguistically demanding. Courses requiring a higher standard of proficiency are detailed on the English language proficiency requirements page.

  • I have work and life experience

    Some Charles Sturt University courses are open to you if you have demonstrated work or life experience in a relevant area. Our Course Director will make this assessment for you. Take a look at your course online to see if work and life experience are listed as criteria for successful application.

    While academic achievement is not the main criteria for a successful application, you may be asked to complete the special tertiary admissions test (STAT).

    You'll need a minimum score of 144, or provide additional academic supporting information, to be able to demonstrate a reasonable prospect of success in the academic components of the course.

    It's just our way of making sure you'll be okay once you get started.

  • I'm a recent Australian Year 12 student

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

    Entry to Charles Sturt's courses is assessed on your academic results, and your performance in additional selection criteria as set out for each course. This might also include an assessment based on 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 your ATAR by satisfactorily completing at least 10 units of ATAR courses during your Higher School Certificate (HSC).

    When we determine eligibility for highly competitive courses, we move down the ranking list for each of the competitive programs and make offers until no more places are left. When determining eligibility to less competitive courses, we'll assess on the basis of rank to the minimum ATAR for the course.

    ATAR-related adjustments

    Regional location adjustment scheme

    Sometimes regional schools don't have the same advantages as city schools. If you're completing high school in a regional area, we'll automatically raise your rank by five points when you apply with us through our regional location adjustment scheme. And you don't have to do a thing!

    Additional requirements that may apply

    For some of our courses, you'll need to attend an interview, give an audition, or supply a portfolio in addition to submitting your main application. We'll assess your performance in these areas along with your academic grades. Check out your  course online for specific requirements.

    Supplementary application forms

    If your selected course requires any supplementary application forms, we'll highlight the details for specific courses online.

    Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) - Early Offer Program

    The Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) - Early Offer Program gives you a chance to secure your place at Charles Sturt before exam results are released. The scheme recognises passion and potential in students, with entry open to all Charles Sturt undergraduate courses EXCEPT for:

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

    If you're an early offer applicant, we'll assess your:

    To apply for the Schools Recommendation Scheme, you'll need to first enrol for undergraduate admission before you submit your application. You'll also need to meet any other eligibility criteria. You can find information about these requirements on the UAC website.

    Explore Day early offer program

    Our Explore Day early offer program lets you experience Charles Sturt University life first-hand.

    You'll spend the day on campus taking part in activities related to your chosen course area. Throughout the day, you can check out our facilities, meet staff, and talk with students who can answer your questions about what life is really like at Charles Sturt.

    Explore Day is also a chance for you to try out for selected courses through an assessment or interview. If you show a reasonable prospect of success for the course during the interview, you may be invited to apply to the course straight away! Offers of Admission will still be subject to you successfully completing your Year 12 studies to the best of your abilities.

    Access schemes

    At Charles Sturt, we recognise that sometimes you haven't been able to compete equally during your education. We're talking about reasons outside your control, like finances, family trauma, moving school, personal illness or disability.

    Our access schemes take these disadvantages into consideration, which can increase your ranking selection up to seven (7) points.

    You can find important dates and deadlines for submitting your application on our access schemes information page.

    Elite Athlete and Performers Special Consideration Scheme

    Charles Sturt is an Elite Athlete and Performer Friendly University. If your competition or training requirements have impacted your study preparation, you may be eligible for special consideration entry.

    If you want to study an undergraduate degree on campus, you can apply through:

    If you're applying direct to Charles Sturt University, use our Elite Athlete/Performer Program Special Consideration for Admission Form.

How to apply, enrolment and deferral

  • How to apply

    If you are an Australian resident or international student currently studying your Higher School Certificate (HSC) or equivalent in Australia and are applying for an undergraduate on-campus degree, you should apply to Charles Sturt University though UAC (NSW and ACT) or VTAC (VIC).

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Note: Bachelor of Educational Studies applications are sent direct to the university. Diploma of General Studies applications can be made via UAC or direct to Charles Sturt University and TAFE.

    You can apply direct for courses at Charles Sturt listed in the VTAC Guide if you are not currently studying a standard Australian Year 12 curriculum and intend to submit an application to Charles Sturt University only (although not all courses accept direct applications; see course information for specific course details).

    Applying directly to Charles Sturt University

    Most applications for study at Charles Sturt University should be made using the online application system, including:

    • Studying online at an undergraduate or postgraduate level
    • A non-school leaver studying on campus*^ (If you are currently at high school in Australia, please see below.)
    • International students looking to study at a regional campus.

    Before you apply

    Applying online takes around 15 minutes and your application will be assessed within ten working days. You will set up a login, and if you don't have everything you need to finalise your application straight away you can save it to come back to later. You may need to scan and upload official documents such as transcripts and awards from previous study, or proof of citizenship or residency if you weren't born in Australia.

    Visit course information and application dates for detailed information on your chosen course, including admission requirements.

    Begin your online application

    You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email. If you provide a valid Australian mobile phone number you will receive a SMS to let you know when the email has been sent.

  • Enrolment

    Accepting your offer of admission

    Your offer of admission will outline the process for accepting your offer and will direct you to follow the steps provided online. Accept your offer online

    Once you have accepted your offer you will receive an email outlining what you need to do to finalise your enrolment with Charles Sturt. This email will also include information on selecting your enrolment subject, obtaining your identification card, and information on your fee arrangements and orientation.

    Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

    After you have accepted an offer of admission, you can still apply for credit in recognition of your previous or current studies and/or relevant work experience. Your studies 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 with each application, although some courses have established credit arrangements. For more information, see recognition of prior learning.

  • Deferment

    You can defer your offer for most Charles Sturt courses by up to one year.

    How to defer your offer

    1. Check the list of courses that cannot be deferred.
    2. If your course can be deferred, complete the deferment of offer form.
    3. Consider how to use your deferment time.
    4. Stay in touch with Charles Sturt University..

    Deferment is subject to the course being offered in the requested intake. If you want to defer an offer you have already accepted, you need to complete the deferment of offer form prior to the census date of your first session of study.

Student services, fees and further information

  • Student and campus services

    Charles Sturt student and campus services play an important part in making the most of your university experience. Visit uni life for information about our campuses, accommodation, social life and support services.

  • Fees and charges

    See the fees and costs page or contact us for current information.

    Eligible domestic students can defer fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

    If your course is directly related to your line of work, you may be able to claim some of your study expenses as tax deductions. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider include:

    • textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand)
    • travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools
    • uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).
  • Where to get further information
  • Complaints and appeals

    We strive to achieve the best outcome for the applicant by acting within the guidelines outlined in the admissions regulations. If you are not satisfied with the processing of your application, you can appeal the decision made about your admission. You must lodge your appeal within 14 days of the date of notification of the decision.

    First you should write to the Manager of Admissions outlining your reasons for appealing.

    If you disagree with the conclusion of the Manager of Admissions, you can appeal to the Review Officer.

    For both these processes you can submit your appeal to admissions@csu.edu.au marked either Attention: Manager of Admissions or Attention: Review Officer. Alternatively, you can post your appeal to:

    Charles Sturt University Admissions Office
    Locked Bag 676
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2678
    Australia

    If at any time you are not satisfied with the service provided to you or the decisions that have been made by the Charles Sturt Manager of Admissions and the Review Officer, you may submit a complaint to the University Ombudsman.

Institutional Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students across all courses offered by the institution. It provides data on students who commenced in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia. Data is from Semester One 2021.

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education studyincludes a bridging or enabling course1,60731.65%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 1,60431.59%
(C) Work and life experienceAdmitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories60811.98%
(D) Recent Secondary EducationAdmitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes consideration of adjustment factors such as equality or subject bonus points)59411.70%
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR4268.39%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special considerations, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)1553.05%
International students 831.63%
All students 5,077100.00%

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