Information for Rural Students

Are you from a rural or isolated area?

We know that distance from the city can impact your study: maybe you had to take some subjects by distance education, or you had limited access to the internet. Don't worry: there is a special entry scheme at Melbourne as well as scholarships and other assistance to help you make the big move.

Access Melbourne

Access Melbourne can help you gain entry into an undergraduate course at Melbourne, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-In Rank. Each year at least 20% of domestic undergraduate places at the University are reserved for Access Melbourne applicants. Rural and isolated students, as well as students from a financially disadvantaged background, are eligible for additional benefits such as guaranteed entry.

How do you define 'rural'?

To be eligible for Access Melbourne as a rural student,

  • Your residential address must be in a Statistical Area Level 1 that’s not defined as a major city by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS); and
  • If you are a Year 12 student, you must also have completed the final two years of schooling at a rural or regional secondary school
  • You can look up the Statistical Area Level 1 of your address here
    (use the address search and make sure the census year = 2011).
    Once you have the Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) number you can search for it in this spreadsheet to make sure it’s not defined as a ‘major city’

What can I get?

If you qualify as a rural student, you could find out on results day if you can claim a guaranteed place. You might be eligible with an ATAR that’s lower than the typical Clearly-In Rank.

We have one of the most generous scholarships programs in the country, and many of these scholarships are available only to Access Melbourne applicants. When you apply through SEAS for this category, you will be automatically considered for a wide range of scholarships at the University of Melbourne. We also have a bursary program which can help with housing and other living expenses, and our colleges offer scholarships and other assistance.

How do I know if I've got guaranteed entry?

For 2018 entry, the University guarantees admission to eligible rural and financially disadvantaged Year 12 students who meet course prerequisites and achieve the following ATARs (or notional ATARs) in 2017:

  • 78.00: Design, Science
  • 80.00: Arts
  • 88.00: Commerce
  • 92.00: Biomedicine

That's it! If you achieve the listed ATAR for your course, and satisfy prerequisites, you won't have to wait for an offer: you're guaranteed a place.

These scores are significantly lower than typical clearly-in ranks, so it's certainly worth getting your application in.

Applications are due via VTAC by 5pm on Tuesday October 10 2017.

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