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Get Admitted to your Dream University – ANU

The Australian National University (ANU) was founded in 1946 and is located in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. It’s the only university in the country which was created by the Parliament of Australia.

The Australian National University has over 10,000 trees on its campus and is one of Australia’s most Sustainable Campus networks and greenest university campuses. Just like the Ivy League, Oxbridge and Russel group, Australia also has its own group of top 8 prestigious universities, known as the “Group of Eight” OR “Go8”. ANU is one of these Universities.

The university has seven colleges:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Business and Economics
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Law
  • Medicine, Biology and Environment
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

ANU considers these factors as “important”

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • English Proficiency Tests

International students need to apply individually to universities of their choice.

As an international student you will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in one of the following completed in 2022 (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma


ANU has two semesters. This is divided into Semester 1 and Semester 2. The table below shows when the classes at ANU will commence

  • Semester 1 classes commence in February.
  • Semester 2 classes commence in July.

Students who have completed their grade 12 and wish to commence their studies at ANU in February should apply during October/ November of the prior year.

Students who have completed their grade 12 and wish to commence their studies at ANU in July should apply during March/ April of that year.

A. Minimum Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program. Subjects with minimum admission requirements is given below:

Politics, Philosophy and Economics BA (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) 37 93 Assumed knowledge – Math
Accounting BA. Accounting 29 84 Assumed knowledge – Math
Actuarial Studies BA. Actuarial Studies 35 92 Advanced Math
International Business

Bachelor of International Business

29 84 Assumed knowledge – Math
Commerce BCom 29 84 Assumed knowledge – Math
Economics BA Economics 29 84 Assumed knowledge – Math
Statistics BA Statistics 29 84 Advanced Math
Applied Data Analytics

Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics


34 90 Assumed knowledge – Math
Engineering Bachelor of Engineering (honors) 31 87 Advanced Math, Assumed knowledge – Physics
Information Technology B.Tech 29 84 Advanced Math
Biotechnology B.Sc 29 84 Chemistry
Medical Sciences B.Sc 31 87 Chemistry

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B. GPA or Selection Rank

When an applicant qualifies ANU eligibility check rounds and meets the minimum requirements for their chosen program, they are moved to the Ranking stage. Applicants are ranked against all other eligible applicants to their chosen program. ANU will notify them about the outcome of their application through the assessment round and applicants, if successful, will receive an offer to study at ANU with all details about how to accept the offer.

C. Co – Curricular Activities

The Co-curricular and service requirement (CCS) is a mandatory section of the Australian National University (ANU) application that will ask you to demonstrate your involvement in activities outside the classroom during Years 10 to 12. These activities include sport, a paid job, volunteering, school clubs, creative competitions, student exchanges and more. Your co-curricular and service requirement (CCS) activities need to demonstrate at least two of the following skill groups:

  • Community engagement
  • Inclusion and awareness of diversity
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Personal responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Creative and critical thinking

D. Statement of Purpose (SOP)

It is a crucial part of the application in which students describe their interest in the chosen field of study, their activities and their future plans. Especially in competitive courses like STEM where several students may be competing for admissions to limited seats, the SOP provides valuable insights into the students’ thought process and motivations. While evaluating good students with strong academic performance and comparative GPA, the SOP provides a good way to differentiate between them.

It needs to be unique, explaining their experiences, aspirations, motivation for studying a particular course and a short narrative of their lives beyond academics. SOP for Australian universities like ANU are majorly focused on the field of study. The students need to show enthusiasm in their chosen course and how they can make a revolutionary transformation in that subject/area.

E. English Proficiency

Amidst the procedure of how to get admission in ANU for international students, taking an English Language Proficiency Test is an essential requirement because every course in the university is carried out in English. These tests include TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Test in which TOEFL can be taken both online and offline.

IELTS An overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of the test.
TOEFL An overall score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening.
Cambridge C1 Advanced An overall score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in all sub-skills.
PTE Academic An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 55 in each of the communicative skills.

110 plus recorded interview with Initial View.

115 or better for entry without recorded interview

Following the guidelines above will help you present your best self to ANU and maximize your admission chances.


About the Author: 

Shubhi Joshi is an Editor at Scholarly. She has a B.A. in English and a M.A. from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. She has an interest in history and current affairs. An avid blogger, Shubhi loves to write about higher education and self-improvement.

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