Admissions transparency

RMIT admits students from a range of educational backgrounds, including completion of Year 12 results, previous higher education (HE) or vocational education training (VET) study, work and life experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.

RMIT are committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we have provided the information below to help applicants understand and make informed choices about applying to their chosen program (course).

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 results 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 to satisfy Year 12 English and Year 11 Mathematics where the program (course) which they are applying to considers the entire academic record as part of its selection consideration.

 Applicants must meet all other prerequisites or equivalents. Learn more about RMIT STAT results.

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 that shows a student's achievement in relation to other students and is used to compare the overall achievement of students who have completed different combinations of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) studies for the purpose of making selection decisions and offers to programs (courses).

RMIT uses an agreed equivalent ATAR rank for applicants whose most recent qualification is the International Baccalaureate (IB) or completed HE or VET studies.

Prerequisites

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.

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.

Pathway

Pathways provide opportunities for applicants to progress from one program (course) to another, and may provide advanced standing or credit towards the higher qualification. There are various pathway options available to eligible applicants, including:

Credit

Applicants with previous study and or work/life experience can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit.

Applicants may be eligible to receive adjustment factors which will be applied to their selection rank, a maximum of 28 aggregate adjustments can be applied across any of the following adjustment factors considered by RMIT.

Equity access schemes

RMIT’s access schemes ensure that people from the widest range of backgrounds have the opportunity to access RMIT programs. Eligible applications can receive an adjustment to their selection rank, which can increase the chances of receiving an offer. 

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and RMIT Access

SEAS or RMIT Access application allows RMIT to apply equity-related adjustments to an applicant’s selection rank, by taking into consideration circumstances that have affected their performance in their studies.  

The maximum equity adjustment an applicant can receive when applying for SEAS or RMIT Access is 20 aggregate points.

For programs (course) that select on a range of criteria, where selection is based on the applicant’s performance in selection tasks such as interviews and folio presentations, applicants will receive an equivalent level of consideration in these selection tasks.

Regional Adjustment Scheme

The Regional Adjustment Scheme applies adjustments to the selection ranks of applicants whose highest qualification is Year 12 and are from low socio-economic status areas and are applying VTAC or RMIT Direct for programs that select primarily on ATAR.

This adjustment is automatically applied, and applicants do not need to do anything.

Applicants are identified as being from a low socio-economic status area by matching their permanent residential address to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation. This index provides a population weighted rank value for geographical areas and those areas in the bottom 25% of the population aged 15-64 are classified as low SES.

Schools Network Access Program (SNAP)

The SNAP access scheme provides priority entry to RMIT programs (courses) for applicants from designated Victorian secondary schools.

Eligible SNAP applicants that have an ATAR within 20 points of the lowest selection rank (including adjustments) for their preferred program/s (course/s) can receive an equity adjustment. Depending on their initial ATAR and the competitiveness of the program/s (course/s), this may deem some applicants eligible for an offer.

For programs (courses) that select on a range of criteria such as folio or interview, SNAP applicants receive equivalent consideration on their performance in these tasks.

Indigenous Access Program

The Indigenous Access Program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain access to study at RMIT. The Indigenous Access Program is a priority access scheme which selects applicants independent of their final results, and takes into consideration relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, as well as any formal qualifications in the selection process through an informal interview process supported by the Ngarara Willim Centre.

Applicants applying for bachelor degree courses are required to meet an alternative minimum English study score which is 5 points lower than the published minimum English study score.

Other admissions schemes

Year 12 Subject Adjustments

Subject adjustments are applied to applicants whose highest qualification is Year 12 studying one or more courses (subjects) that are relevant to their chosen undergraduate program. Adjustments will be automatically applied to their ATAR when they apply for eligible RMIT programs (courses) through VTAC or direct application to the university. Where a program considers subject adjustments a list of relevant subjects is available on individual program (course) pages or the VTAC CourseSearch program (course) page. 

Adjustments are cumulative up to a maximum of 8 aggregate points.

Elite Athlete Adjustment

The RMIT Elite Athlete Program (REAP) supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Eligible elite or emerging athletes who are seeking admission into a vocational education or degree course will receive 10 aggregate adjustment factors applied to their selection rank.

Inherent requirements

In order to complete certain RMIT programs (courses), applicants are required to meet the inherent requirements, this information allows applicants to:

  • understand more about each program (course)
  • determine whether they may need support during their studies
  • make an informed decision about the suitability of various programs (courses)

Personal Statement – Programs offered by the STEM College only

Applicants who have been excluded from a program (course) due to academic progress are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining the strategies they will adopt to ensure academic success.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

Depending on the applicant’s current status and the program (course) level to which they are applying to there are several options for applying to study with us at RMIT.

Applicants who are currently undertaking an Australian year 12 (or equivalent) in Australia or overseas should apply through VTAC.

All other applicants, who are not currently studying an Australian year 12 (or equivalent) can apply direct to RMIT, provided they have not:

  • commenced an application through VTAC and,
  • are applying for one (1) program (course) that is listed as available through VTAC.

Otherwise, applications should be made through VTAC.

For programs not offered through VTAC all applicants can apply direct to RMIT.

Some programs only accept applications direct to the relevant RMIT school. Find out more information about RMIT school-based applications.

International applicants should follow the how to apply guide for international applicants.

Once an applicant receives their offer they are required to accept and enrol into their program (course).

Direct applicants, should log in to accept their offer via their RMIT ‘My dashboard’. Once accepted an email with enrolment instructions will be sent to their nominated email.

VTAC applicants, will receive an email from VTAC notifying them of their offer. RMIT will then send an email to their VTAC nominated email confirming the offer with enrolment instructions.

View RMITs Higher Education enrolment guide or the Vocational Education enrolment guide for more information.

International students should follow the steps outlined in the International student enrolment guides to secure your place at RMIT.

Pre-Training Review (PTR)

As part of the Enrolment process applicants will be required to complete the PTR assessment which allows RMIT to determine whether:

  • the program (course) is the most suitable qualification.
  • the applicant requires any support during their studies. If applicable, they’ll receive an email providing links to support resources.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Domestic applicants who are admitted to any VET program may be required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to commencing the enrolment process.

The results of the LLN are used to determine the appropriateness of the offered program (course), any educational support requirements and eligibility of receiving a VET student loan.

PTR responses and the LLN outcomes are assessed to determined that the program (course) is suitable and appropriate. If deemed not appropriate, an alternative offer will be made that will better prepare an applicant for their preferred program.

Applicants who are not ready to commence their studies can choose to defer their studies.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Discover fees information for programs (courses) and courses (subjects) at RMIT University.

To assist eligible students to pay their tuition fees the Government offers several Higher Education Loan Programs (HELP). Depending on the type of program (course) applicants are enrolling to and meeting eligibility they may obtain access to one of these schemes. For more information on available loans and eligibility requirements please visit RMIT’s HELP Loans and VET Student Loans webpage.

New Zealand citizens who hold a Special Category Visa may also be eligible to access a government HELP loan, please check the eligibility requirements.

RMIT offers students a range of support services and networks to help them through their journey every step of the way. RMIT offers a range of student support and support services to ensure students have a positive, healthy and happy university experience.

As an RMIT student you can take advantage of RMIT’s student exchange program. With over 200 international exchange partners to choose from you’ll have an experience of a lifetime without putting your studies on hold.

Student Profile

View the student profile to gain an insight of the students previously admitted into all RMIT programs.

ATAR Profile

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into an RMIT program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the outcome of their application for admission may seek a formal review of a selection decision in accordance with RMIT’s Selection Procedure.

Find out more information about RMIT’s approach to education and RMIT's Admission and Credit policies where you can find out about the process for selection, applying for credit and appealing a decision.

Information about our third industry partners and providers include:

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.