UniSA has the most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students in South Australia. We offer dedicated services to help you transition to university, such as special entry, pre-selection and uni preparation assistance. You’ll get one-on-one support right throughout your studies through Wirringka Student Services.

Getting into university

The different entry criteria you can use to qualify for university include:

  • completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or another high school equivalent and getting a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR)
  • completing a relevant certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma from a TAFE or RTO
  • sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • complete the Aboriginal Pathway Program (see below)
  • successfully participating in UniSA’s special entry process (see below)

Aboriginal Pathway Program (APP)

The APP is a free* program that helps prepare students with no previous qualifications for university study. It is delivered in Whyalla, Mt Gambier, Port Lincoln and Ceduna. The APP is flexible and supportive, with advantages like mentoring, tutoring, online and on-campus study, and accommodation and travel support for remote students.

More about the APP

*Aboriginal Pathway Program students are not charged course fees but may be required to pay Student Amenities Fees as determined by the Australian Government

If an Aboriginal applicant holds a qualification that enables them to compete using any of the existing methods (e.g. using year 12 or a bridging program), the applicant will compete through the process outlined in the admission criteria.

Special entry

UniSA’s Aboriginal Student Services team manages the process for special entry. To apply under special entry you would be invited to complete written and numerical tasks. Eligibility for admission into a degree is based on your performance in these tasks.

Study to suit your lifestyle

We provide flexible study choices that fit in with your lifestyle, including study options where you don’t have to attend a university campus. UniSA degrees are well regarded for their practical aspects that give you workplace experience and prepare you for a professional career.