Principles of selection
To meet program eligibility all applicants to RMIT are assessed based on the minimum academic entry requirements published on the RMIT program (course) page and the VTAC CourseSearch.
All applicants must meet the minimum academic entry requirements for the program (course). Applicants with overseas qualifications will be assessed for Australian equivalence.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee entry into the program (course) due to the competitive nature of the program (course).
Where a program (course) requires the completion of a selection task this is outlined in the program (course) page and VTAC CourseSearch. For more information and tips about completing selection tasks visit RMIT’s selection task page.
Applicants who have faced educational, financial and other disadvantages which may have impacted on their most recent academic performance can apply for consideration though RMIT’s equity access schemes.
The following outlines the University’s minimum requirements based on the applicant’s highest completed qualifications/studies or experience.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Applicants who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent), or International Baccalaureate (IB) or who have completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) in the last two years must meet the published minimum admissions criteria for the program which they are applying to, including any program prerequisites.
Some programs also consider ATAR as the basis of selection, applicants can view previous year’s ATAR profile as a guide.
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
Applicants must have satisfactorily completed an accredited award at certificate IV or higher as published on the program page.
Applicants will be assigned an equivalent selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on the AQF level of their highest VET qualification completed.
Applicants with higher education (HE) study
Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least two courses (subjects) at undergraduate level equivalent in volume of learning to at least 24 RMIT University credit points competed on an award or non-award basis at any university (including Open Universities Australia), taught and assessed entirely in English, unless stated otherwise on the program (course) page.
Applicants with a completed bridging or enabling program must meet the minimum admissions criteria specified for the program which you are applying to, visit RMIT’s pre-university study website for more information on available programs.
Applicants will be assigned an equivalent selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on their GPA.
Applicants with work and life experience
Where a program admits applicants based on their prior studies (VCE completed more than two years ago) and/or any work and life experience this will be published on the RMIT program (course) page or VTAC CourseSearch. Program (course) pages and VTAC CourseSearch will also publish where a program (course) does not admit applicants on the basis of work or life experience.
Applicants must meet the published minimum admissions criteria for the program (course) which they are applying to, including any program prerequisites.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Where an applicant has no prior Year 12, VET qualifications, HE studies or relevant work experience that meets the program (course) minimum entry requirements and the applicant is 19 years of age or over (as of 1 January) and has not enrolled in secondary studies in the least two years; they may sit the STAT Multiple Choice and achieve the required minimum score to satisfy Year 12 English language prerequisite for the level of study they are applying to:
- Bachelor degree: overall score of at least 155 or verbal reasoning sub-score of 156
- Associate degree: overall score of at least 150 or verbal reasoning sub-score of 149
Where the program (course) which they are applying to states that an applicant may sit the STAT to meet the academic entry requirements, the results of the STAT will be converted to an equivalent ATAR and then used for selection.
Applicants must meet all other prerequisites or equivalents. Learn more about the STAT.
Under 17 applicants - Transition from School
Direct applicants applying for a program (course) who are under 17 years of age and have not completed Year 12 but meet the program’s (course’s) entry requirements to which they are applying to will be made a conditional offer. The conditional offer will request that the applicant provide correspondence from the School Principal or Regional Director which confirms that the applicant has been granted an exemption from attending secondary school.
An offer will be made once the applicant has uploaded the required documentation to their online application and the RMIT Selection Officer has confirmed that the applicant has met the conditions of the offer.
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
ATAR is a rank between 0.00 (lowest) to 99.95 (highest) that measures an individual’s overall academic achievement for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in relation to other students who graduated from senior secondary school in the same year for the purpose of making selection decisions to programs (courses).
The ATAR is derived from the aggregate which is the scaled scores achieved for the four primary subjects studied at senior secondary school subjects. The specific calculation used is different in each state and territory but the result is designed to be nationally equivalent.
RMIT uses an agreed equivalent ATAR rank conversion for applicants whose most recent qualification is the International Baccalaureate (IB), completed HE or VET studies or STAT.
Selection rank is the ranking used to determine an applicant’s admission to a course (program).
A selection rank can include an applicant’s ATAR, any adjustments they are eligible for, such as equity or subject adjustments, other contributions calculated on the basis of work experience or previous non-secondary study, personal statement, portfolio assessments, results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test or other supplementary tests.
Personal statement adjustment
A personal statement may be used by some programs to provide an adjustment to the selection rank for Non-year 12 applicants. The adjustment (up to 20 points) is added to the aggregate to determine a final selection rank.
Programs that offer a personal statement adjustment will provide details on the program webpage.
Personal statement used as a selection instrument
The personal statement is a selection instrument used to assess and select students for admission to a program.
The personal statement may be scored and ranked where selection is competitive.
Programs that use a personal statement as a selection instrument will provide details on the program webpage.
Personal statement to demonstrate suitability
As part of the program entry requirements applicants may be required to demonstrate their suitability for the program by providing a resume, personal statement, references, and/or attending an interview.
Programs that consider a personal statement to demonstrate suitability will provide details on the program webpage.
Personal statement to demonstrate likelihood of success
Applicants who have been excluded from a program (course) due to academic progress or those who have failed a course (subject) multiple times are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining the strategies they will adopt to ensure academic success.
A prerequisite refers to studies an applicant must have completed (and achieved the required minimum study score) at secondary school or equivalent to be eligible for selection to a particular university program (course).
For example; an applicant wanting to apply for the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering must have completed VCE Units 3 and 4 English and Mathematical Methods with a study score of 25 or equivalent to be considered for an offer.
Prerequisite studies are specific to each program and can be found on the RMIT program (course) page or under the course description of the VTAC CourseSearch page.
Selection and ranking methodology principles
- Where a program (course) considers ATAR as part of its selection, an applicant who meets the program (course) minimum entry requirements will be ranked on ATAR, or equivalent ATAR and/or a range of criteria including selection tasks where applicable.
- Where applicable, selection task outcomes will be applied during selection.
- Where applicable, equity and other admission scheme consideration will be applied during selection.
- Applicants applying as existing RMIT students or with previous RMIT qualifications may be given preference during selection.
- In determining whether an applicant satisfies published requirements, an applicant’s most recent and/or relevant previous qualification, study, or experience may be given greater weight during selection.
Early Offer Program
The Early offer program allows eligible Current year 12 applicants to submit an additional application to the University outlining their ability to meet specific categories and criteria through experience attained outside the classroom, demonstrating suitability to study RMIT programs.
Applicants deemed suitable for an Early Offer will receive a conditional offer from the University before the VTAC rounds, which outlines the ATAR and prerequisites they would need to meet to be eligible for a full offer from VTAC.
Applicants need to meet the conditions and preference the relevant program through VTAC to be eligible to receive a full offer.
Guaranteed Entry ATAR
Select RMIT programs have a Guaranteed ATAR.
If applicants receive an ATAR equal to or above the Guaranteed ATAR and meet the course prerequisites, they will be guaranteed an offer in the program.
Applicants who receive an ATAR below this guarantee may still receive an offer, depending on whether they are eligible to receive any adjustment factors and the availability of places in the program.
For VTAC applicants to receive an offer, the program must be their highest eligible preference.
RMIT offers domestic applicants Guaranteed Pathways.
These Guaranteed Pathways give domestic applicants the option to preference pathway packages in addition to their desired undergraduate qualification.
Applicants who are not eligible to gain direct entry into the undergraduate qualification but are eligible for the pathway will gain admission into the VE or associate degree qualification as a starting point and, upon successful completion, are automatically admitted into the relevant undergraduate qualification.
English language proficiency
Applicants are also required to have meet the minimum English language requirements for the program they are applying to.
Some RMIT programs (courses) may require a higher minimum English language requirement then the University’s minimum requirements, it’s recommended that you check the program (course) page or VTAC CourseSearch page for the program (course) specific requirements.