Step 1: Choose a degree
Consider the undergraduate degree you would like to apply for:
- Bachelors degree: an undergraduate (bachelors) degree is typically your first university degree. At the University of Melbourne, we offer undergraduate degrees in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health and Science with majors in more than 100 areas of study.
- Diploma in General Studies : a pathway to University of Melbourne undergraduate degrees in Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, and Science.
- Graduate Degree Package: your ATAR may mean that you are eligible to apply via VTAC for a guaranteed place in an undergraduate degree and graduate degree at the University of Melbourne.
Step 2: Check your eligibility
Am I a domestic student?
A domestic student is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.
All undergraduate applicants must meet their chosen course academic entry requirements including subject prerequisites and English language requirements.
Step 3: Apply via VTAC
Submitting your VTAC application
- VTAC applications open early August each year for Semester 1 the following year.
- You may apply for up to 8 undergraduate courses – it is important to list each course in your order of your preference.
- Timely applications close in late September each year, late applications will incur a late fee. Please note applications for select undergraduate degrees including Fine Arts and Music programs close before Septmeber each year and require early application submission. Find out more about current VTAC due dates.
- In some cases, you may need to submit evidence of your results to VTAC. VTAC will notify you if additional information is required.
- If you do not receive your final results before the VTAC application deadline you may still complete your application – you will need to provide your final results, when available, to be eligible for an offer.
- If you would like to change your VTAC course preferences, you must do so during the change of preference period – see the VTAC website for details.
- If you have not met the subjects prerequisite/s for your course with an approved Australian or Overseas Year 12 subject or with one of the qualifications, you will need to include a syllabus or detailed subject outline with your VTAC application.
Some undergraduate courses accept applications for mid-year entry. This is a separate application process,
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students may be eligible for Indigenous targeted places and scholarships.
Step 4: Check your eligibility for special entry schemes
Special Entry Access Schemes
Access Melbourne is the University of Melbourne’s equity program for domestic undergraduate students.
You may apply for Access Melbourne if you meet the criteria for the below eligibility categories:
- Disadvantaged financial background
- Resident of a rural or isolated area
- Graduate of an under-represented school
- Difficult circumstances
- Disability or medical condition
- Non-English speaking background
- Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
- Non-school leaver
Access Melbourne applicants may be eligible for a range of support including guaranteed course entry or admission at an ATAR adjusted to reflect the impact of adverse circumstances during your high school studies. As well as, generous scholarships, grants, bursaries and accommodation support.
ELITE ATHLETES AND ARTISTIC PERFORMERS ENTRY SCHEME
If you are an elite athlete or artistic performer who has competed at an international, national or state level you may be eligible for our Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme.
Step 5: Search for a scholarship
When you lodge your application via VTAC you will be automatically considered for many of our scholarship opportunities. This includes the coveted Melbourne Chancellor's Scholarship awarded on the basis of academic merit.
If you have lodged a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application via VTAC, you’ll automatically be considered for the Melbourne Access Scholarship, as well as a range of scholarships to help with your tuition and living costs.
You may also be eligible for a range of scholarships that require applicants to submit individual applications. Discover what opportunities are available by checking out the ‘fees and scholarships’ section on your preferred undergraduate course page of our Study website or head to our Scholarships website for more information.
Step 6: Plan your accommodation
All undergraduate students are eligible for an accommodation guarantee through University Accommodation. These University operated or partnered residencies are located within walking distance of our Parkville campus.
Other accommodation options
You may also consider applying to residential colleges, homestay and private rental market opportunities.
Step 7: Receive your offer
The University of Melbourne participates in multiple rounds of VTAC offers for students applying to commence in Semester 1. Year 12 applicants may receive an offer during the December, January or February offer rounds.
December offers are released for select places in all undergraduate courses to current Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) applicants. If you are a domestic student completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria or interstate your application will be considered in the January offer round. Find out more about December offers.
January and February offers will be made to all eligible domestic students including current Year 12 VCE and QCE applicants who may not have received an offer during the December offer round.
If your application is successful, you will receive an official email offer from the University of Melbourne. Your official offer will also be visible on your VTAC account.
If you are offered a place at the University of Melbourne you may choose to accept, defer or decline. To accept your offer, you'll need to follow the instructions in your offer email and complete the first steps of your enrolment.
Learn more about the December offer round
Current Year 12 VCE and QCE applicants for all undergraduate courses may receive an offer for Semester 1 2020 during the VTAC December offer round.
Students who have completed an Australian Year 12 outside of Victoria or Queensland, as well as domestic students who have completed the IB, will be considered during the January offer round.
Applicants who may receive a December round VTAC offer include:
- Applicants who are eligible for an Access Melbourne selection guarantee.
- Applicants who are eligible for selection guarantees in Melbourne courses, including our Chancellor’s Scholars Programs , Graduate Degree Packages and the Bachelor of Commerce .
- Applicants for the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Fine Arts who have received notification that they were successful in meeting the extra requirements and are otherwise eligible for a VTAC offer.
- Students applying to an undergraduate course – where selection is based on ATAR and no selection guarantee applies – may receive an offer during the December offer round if their ATAR meets the indicative ATAR requirements of their chosen course.
The indicative ATARs for December round 2020 offers are provided below:
|Course name||Indicative December ATAR||2019 Lowest Adjusted ATAR||2020 minimum ATAR|
|Arts (Extended)||NA||Not published*||50.00^|
|Fine Arts (all specialisations)||NA||Not published*||NA|
|Science (Extended)||NA||Not published*||50.00^|
* Course selects on a range of criteria.
^ Course selects on a range of criteria, including ATAR.
Indicative ATARs to receive a December round offer are likely to be higher than the ATAR required to receive an offer in the January round. This means Year 12 VCE and QCE applicants who do not receive an offer from the University of Melbourne during the December round may still receive an offer during the January offer round.
The 2019 lowest adjusted ATAR for your preferred course, while not a guarantee, remains the best indicator of your chances of receiving an offer.