Minimum entry requirements

minimum entry requirementsCSU aims to admit to undergraduate courses any applicant it believes can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Minimum Entry Requirements

When determining your admission to a course at CSU, the University considers your previous studies and/or other attainments and experience. Many CSU courses use a range of selection criteria other than, or in combination with, your ATAR (or equivalent), particularly courses offered by distance education.

CSU's general minimum entry requirements

  1. ATAR of 70 or 65 or its equivalent (including regional bonus);
  2. successful study at university level (minimum 2 subjects);
  3. TAFE Cert III or higher VET qualification or equivalent industry qualifications;
  4. successful completion of TAFE Tertiary Preparation Course (TPC) or a bridging program;
  5. successful completion of the Darrambal Skills Assessment Program;
  6. relevant industry experience of at least two years;
  7. partial completion of TAFE Diploma level study (minimum 50%).

Additional requirements

Some courses may have additional entry requirements. Check the online course information for details.


The University has a number of alternative pathways to get into university, including:

and in some courses, a strong performance in Year 12 subjects relevant to the course of study.

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Minimum ATAR

As part of the higher education reforms, the minimum Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) indicates the score an applicant needs to be admitted to a university's undergraduate course.

The minimum published ATAR required for admission to a CSU course in 2012 was 65.0. Please note that this requirement may change on an annual basis.

While this figure is the minimum ATAR required to gain entry to CSU, you may require a higher ATAR to be accepted into specific courses. Keep in mind that many courses at CSU do not rely solely on the ATAR for admission and use a range of selection criteria other than, or in combination with the ATAR.

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Application closing dates may apply. Applications may be considered after these dates where places remain available.

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