University of South Australia

Admissions Student Profile

UniSA Admissions

The University of South Australia has a strong commitment to equity and access. We believe that people should have equal opportunities for further education and, as such, you will benefit from studying with people from a range of educational, work and experience backgrounds.

The Admissions Student Profile gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new undergraduate students at UniSA. It provides data of students who enrolled in an undergraduate study across all degrees in Semester 1 2018.

It is categorised by ‘applicant groups’ which are based on the highest level of study.

Past higher education study:

Those who have completed (or partially completed) a higher education program since finishing secondary education.

Past vocational education and training: (VET) study

Those whose highest level of study is a VET course

Work and life experience:

Those with no higher education study and who completed their secondary education more than two years ago

Recent secondary education

Those whose highest level of study in the last two years is year 12


The recent secondary education applicant group includes three sub-groupings. However, as UniSA does not admit students ‘where both ATAR and additional criteria are considered’, this subgroup is not included in the table.

Students in the Past Higher Education Study group may include students who have transferred between degrees (including those who have been transferred as a result of a program change).

Applicant BackgroundNumber of StudentsPercentage of all Students
(A) Past higher education study 3,186 36.21%
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 763 8.67%
(C) Work and life experience 586 6.66%
(D) Recent secondary education - Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR 2,683 30.49%
(D) Recent secondary education - Admitted solely on the basis of other criteria 694 7.89%
International students 887 10.08%
All Students

8,799

100%