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No ATAR required

Undergraduate certificates don't select based on ATAR, and completing one can help you meet the entry requirements for your dream course.


First time at uni, or returning after a break?

Download our guide for information on how to apply, credit transfers and recognition of prior learning, tips on balancing work, life and study, and interviews with current students about their experience.

How to apply to study at RMIT

You can apply via VTAC or by submitting your application directly to RMIT. 

Applying direct to RMIT – One course

You may also have the option to apply direct to RMIT.

You should apply direct if:

  • you're only wanting to apply for one course
  • you're not a year 12 student
  • you have not already applied or registered via VTAC
  • you are applying for the Semester 2 intake

Not all course accept direct applications. See individual course for closing dates. You can check whether your course accepts direct applications by clicking the 'Apply' button on your chosen course description.

Applying through VTAC – Multiple courses

The Victorian Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the administrative office that processes applications to universities and other tertiary institutions across Victoria, including RMIT.

If you apply for more than one course at RMIT, you must apply through VTAC.  You need to create an account to apply through VTAC and follow the steps.

RMIT Future Students City Campus Tour

RMIT’s award-winning locations are home to a thriving student population.

Melbourne City campus is situated in the very heart of the CBD and has been an iconic part of the Melbourne skyline for more than 130 years. It’s surrounded by all forms of public transport, restaurants, cafes, theatres, galleries and parks.

Experience the sights and sounds of RMIT’s City campus.

We welcome you as a future RMIT student, to join our free 30-minute tour which is a great introduction to the City campus, facilities and resources. Our tour ambassador will take you around award-winning buildings, view learning and social study spaces and answer any questions along the way.

It's also an opportunity to ask current students about their experience, campus life and what to expect in your first year of study.

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Booking a tour

Due to recent advice from the Vic government, all future Campus Tours have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

City campus tours are free and you can book a selected date and time option during May and June.

Tours will start and finish at Study@RMIT, 330 Swanston Street (corner of Swanston and La Trobe Street) Melbourne.

Please note

These tours are designed for future students who are interested in studying at RMIT who have not yet applied to study with us.

If you have applied and accepted an offer and enrolled in one of our courses, please register for How2RMIT sessions.


Please contact us at for further assistance.

City campus tours start from Study@RMIT, 330 Swanston Street (corner of Swanston and La Trobe Street) Melbourne (Visit Map). Our campus tour ambassador will be there to greet you.

Public transport

RMIT City campus is accessible by all forms of public transport. The closest train station is Melbourne Central Station on the City Loop.

For more information for all public transport, see our Melbourne City Campus page.

Car Parking

There is no on-campus parking available for visitors to the University. However, there are a number of commercial car parks within a very short walk. Metered street parking is also available around the City campus. 

You’ll be greeted by your tour ambassador and be asked to:

  • sign in using a Visitor QR Code
  • confirm your booking by showing your tour ticket

All visitors on campus need to follow all RMIT safety protocols, including:

Please do not attend an RMIT campus tour if you:

  • are feeling unwell, including if you have any symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough, tiredness or difficulty breathing
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for a result
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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The traditional path to uni isn't the only one

If you're planning to return to study or are about to enrol for the first time, you may have some questions about how the application process works. Based on thousands of conversations with prospective students, we've collected answers to the most common questions we're asked every year and listed them below. 

Here's what you need to know 

If you have a question that isn't covered on this list, we have a whole team of experts who'd be happy to help answer it – come and visit or contact us any time.

For undergraduate study, a mature age student is anyone who is 21 or older by the 1st of January 2020 (or the year in which they’re applying). For certificates and diplomas, it’s anyone who is over 18 and has been out of school for more than 12 months.

Mature age students follow the same application process as other applicants and still need to meet the minimum entry requirements to be considered.

If you are a mature age student you should take a look at our equity and access guidelines to see if you’re eligible for special consideration.  

The application process can vary according to the type of course you're interested in and your previous educational experience. If you know which course you want to apply for, just search for it on our website, select the course you're interested in and click the 'apply' button once you're on the page.

The apply page for each course will contain specific information about intake dates, entry requirements and what you need to start the application process. If you're not sure which course you want to apply for, then you can browse available courses.

We've put together a video walkthrough showing how to navigate RMIT's online application system. You're also welcome to chat to us online if you have any questions about how or when to apply for a particular RMIT course.

If you’ve completed previous study which is similar to the course you are applying for, it’s possible you may be eligible for study credit based on this experience. When you apply you will be asked to note previous study which will be considered with your application.

Once you’ve been made an offer you will need to fill out a credit application form and it will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You can find a list of different types of study credit, along with a step-by-step guide on how to request them on Apply for credit

Study pathways provide opportunities for you to transfer from one RMIT course to another based on your previous educational experience. There's often more than one way to get into a degree so don’t worry if you don’t meet all the criteria at first.

Your previous studies may be recognised in one of two ways:

  • Completed or partly completed certificate, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications can be credited towards a degree.
  • Partly completed degree studies may be credited to other RMIT courses.

Some certificates and diplomas allow you to earn credit that may be transferred to a degree at a later stage. In addition, being acknowledged for previous study may reduce the duration of your program and save you money. There are a number of recognised pathway options so check your course or interest area to see what's offered.

If you’re transferring to RMIT or returning to study after a break, we understand that study may not be the only thing on your mind. That’s why we offer a range of support services to ensure you don’t lose momentum while working towards a degree.

Here’s a list of support services available to help you stay focused and on track while studying with us:

  • RMIT’s Study and Learning Centre has a wealth of resources available to students year-round, including the Learning Lab which hosts specialised online tutorials to help students hone their skills in areas like research and writing. For friendly advice from experienced Learning Advisors, you can also visit our drop-in learning centres at a time convenient to you.
  • Been a while since you were at university? Sharpen your study skills at our academic writing and study skills workshops. We also offer specialised workshops to help prepare you for higher-level postgraduate coursework. 
  • Personal support such as childcarefinancial advice and counselling is also available when you need it, and our Student Support Advisors can offer free assistance and support on a range of topics. Find out more about RMIT's support services

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the administrative office that processes applications to universities and other tertiary institutions across Victoria, including RMIT. Find important dates on the VTAC website.

You can also apply direct to RMIT using RMIT's online application system. Important direct application dates are:

  • Semester 2 (start studying midyear): Applications open on 1 May each year
  • Successful applicants will start their study from July 2021
  • (Now closed) Semester 1, 2021: Applications open on Monday 3 August 2020
  • (Now closed) Successful VE applicants will start their study from February 2021
  • (Now closed) Successful higher education applicants will start their study from March 2021

Switching universities or returning to study after a break?

Whether you’re seeking more study support, personalised career advice or additional assistance with settling in, RMIT has a range of services available to ensure that your transition back into study is a smooth one.

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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