Macquarie Entry

Macquarie Entry

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Tailor made for you

Most students who start at Macquarie in any given year are straight out of high school. Right? Actually, no. Students come to Macquarie from different places and stages in their lives. In 2018, nearly half of our commencing students joined us directly from high school or following a gap year. Others commenced their studies after gaining valuable work and life experience. Nearly 35 per cent came to Macquarie having already undertaken further study. As a university ranked among the top 200 in the world we also attract international students to our courses – in 2018 about 13.5 per cent of our commencing undergraduate students were from overseas.

This diversity in our student population enriches our university and enhances your learning experience. Because students bring different strengths, interests and personal circumstances to their studies we believe that our entry requirements should also reflect this diversity. This is why Macquarie Entry is tailored for you.

Let’s find your pathway

Everyone comes to university on an ATAR. Right? No, not with Macquarie Entry. ATAR is just one of the factors we use to determine your suitability for study. It’s true that your ATAR rank can be a useful factor of your chances for success in a specific course. But it’s equally true that for other courses there are other factors we can use to assess your suitability. That’s why we have many different admission pathways to Macquarie that assess your suitability on more than a selection ranking based on your raw ATAR or your ATAR plus additional points based on adjustment factors. Let’s show you how.

To best help you follow your ambitions we’ve created a simple Macquarie Entry Navigator. You’ll be able to compare all of our entry pathways and work out which one suits you best – and you’ll quickly discover you have more options open to you than you first thought!

Step 1
Choose course

Visit for a full list of courses available at Macquaire University.

Step 2
Support documents

It’s important you submit as much supporting documentation as possible.

Step 3

Apply to Macquarie University via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Step 4
Receive offer

If you receive an offer, congratulations and welcome to Macquarie! Accept your offer and complete enrolment online.

If you don’t receive an offer – we offer several entry options.

Step 5
Check pathways

Don’t have the marks,relevant previous study or significant work experience?

Explore our entry pathways.

Non-school applicants

Students who completed Year 12 studies more than two years ago.

If your highest level of education is the Higher School Certificate (or equivalent), you’ll be assessed on the basis of those results.

Some of our courses require you to attend an interview. Visit Coursefinder to learn more about entry requirements for your course.

If you’ve completed further study or have relevant work/life experience, your application will be assessed as follows:

Applicants with previous higher education study

If you’ve studied at a higher education institution, we’ll look at your results in your secondary and higher education study, or just your higher education study if you don’t have Year 12 results.

You may also be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which allows you to reduce the duration of your course.

Applicants with previous vocational education and training (VET) study

Macquarie recognises the following completed college and TAFE qualifications:

  • Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited awards (eg, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree)
  • TAFE Associate Diploma.

If you’ve completed any of the above courses, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Macquarie also has articulation arrangements for some TAFE NSW qualifications in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business and management
  • Environmental management
  • Information technology (games design)
  • Science

Read more about these articulation arrangements.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you’re a non-Year 12 applicant and you don’t have adequate formal education qualifications, but you do have informal learning and work experience, you can submit a portfolio for entry into a diploma or foundation program offered by Macquarie University International College.


If the above entry programs don't meet your personal circumstance you will have options. Explore the following pathways:

Current or recent Australian Year 12 students

If you’re currently undertaking or have just completed Year 12 studies, your Macquarie Entry will be based on one of the following pathways:

If the above entry programs don't meet your personal circumstance you will have options. Explore the following pathways:

Bridging and enabling courses

Need a course to prepare you for a Macquarie degree?

Our foundation and intensive programs are specifically designed to help you attain the proficiencies required for admission to a Macquarie bachelor degree.

Depending on your academic background and English language proficiency, you can choose the Standard Foundation program or Intensive program. These programs will equip you with the skills and capabilities you need to enter the first year of a Macquarie bachelor degree.

Have you completed a bridging or enabling course?

We accept a large number of bridging or enabling courses – including foundation programs offered by other universities in Australia – as entry pathways to our undergraduate courses.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

In addition to our Macquarie Entry options, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Pathway provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study undergraduate courses at Macquarie University.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

If you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident with an overseas qualification, your application will be assessed on the basis of that qualification. UAC provides information on the assessment of overseas qualifications, or you can contact us.

Depending on where your qualification was obtained, you may also be required to sit an English language proficiency (ELP) test. UAC provides information about qualifications that usually meet the ELP requirements.

English language proficiency

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Visit Coursefinder to learn more about English language requirements for your course.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have successfully completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the New South Wales HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Admissions transparency

Macquarie University is committed to admission transparency. Based on Commonwealth reporting requirements, the table below shows you our 2019 admissions data for our undergraduate courses.

Applicant background Session one 2019
Primary basis of admission Number of students Percentage of all students
Past higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course) 2,246 24.5%
Past vocational education and training (VET) study 224 2.4%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (including bonus points) 1272 13.9%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (eg, portfolio or interview) 480.5%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (eg, Academic Entry Program and Schools Recommendation Scheme) 366840.0%
Work and life experience (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above) 524 5.7%
International students 1181 12.9%
All students 9163 100.0%

Course ATAR and Offer Information

Reports showing the student profile for each of our programs (including ATAR, selection rank, other criteria and general offer information) is available on our 2019 student profile page.

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