ANU to Announce Admissions Changes

Students sitting in a lecture theatre

Taz Hudson and Eliza Croft

ANU will announce an overhaul to the admissions system tomorrow, with changes to admission requirements and the application process. As part of these changes, students will be required to have studied maths and English as part of their senior secondary studies from 2022.

An email sent to all students this evening announced that a single application process will cover admissions, accommodation, and scholarships. Students will then be given conditional early admissions offers at the same time as they receive accommodation and scholarship offers. The email does not state when the new system will be implemented, but does link to a forum event titled, “ANU: New admissions for 2020 Student Forum”. This suggests that prospective students will be able to apply via the system from next year for 2020 entry.

ANU will give conditional offers to students “from every senior secondary high school” across Australia, and “students who have experienced long-term disadvantage”, provided they meet the University’s requirements. Additionally, ANU will take into account extra-curricular involvement and community contributions alongside academic success, through a “transparent co-curriculum schedule”. The University has previously stated that it will consider part-time work and caring responsibilities as part of this co-curricular metric. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Marnie Hughes-Warrington said in the all-students email that “the strength of the ANU community is built upon generosity and leadership, and we will … signal the value of these contributions to university life and beyond”.

Observer first discussed plans to change the admissions system with Hughes-Warrington in early 2017, where she explained that these changes were encouraged by the success of the Tuckwell program. At the time, she stated that the new admissions process would be a mid-year application, and that students who did not meet this deadline could receive offers in the main UAC round but would not be able to obtain scholarships. At time of publication, Observer cannot confirm whether this is still the University’s plan.

More information is available at this website, but at time of writing, most substantive information can only be accessed by staff. Further announcements will be made tomorrow, and there will be a forum open to students on Friday at 12pm.

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