The University of Notre Dame Australia was founded by an Act of the WA Parliament in 1989. It enrolled its first students on its Fremantle campus in 1992. A second campus was opened in Broome in 1994. In 2006, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Sydney, George Cardinal Pell, the University opened its third Campus in Sydney. From small beginnings, the University now has approximately 10,000 students enrolled on its three Campuses.
Notre Dame specialises in undergraduate education and training for the professions. It aims to be one of the best Catholic universities in the world. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, business, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood.
Notre Dame is a private Catholic university and as such many of its students pay tuition fees. The University structures its fees to reflect course costs but aims to make it as affordable and as accessible as possible. Some courses, especially in Education, Medicine, Nursing, Health and Physical Education have government funded places, known as Commonwealth Supported Places. Australian citizens have access to the Australian Government's FEE HELP loan scheme for other courses, such as Arts, Law and Business.
Notre Dame is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, students receive a personalised, high quality education in a caring and friendly environment.
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Entry requirements for The University of Notre Dame Australia
The University of Notre Dame Australia seeks to enrol students who wish to make a special contribution to society. They use a comprehensive admissions process that goes beyond the use of a single score. Prospective students apply directly to the University for admission.
The selection process for the University of Notre Dame is based on:par - Personal qualities, motivation to study and academic potentialpar - Contribution to church, school and community lifepar - Academic recordpar - An interview with a member of the academic staff of the University
There are two categories of undergraduate applicants: School Leavers and Mature Age students. School Leavers are those who are under 20 years of age on 1 March in their year of admissions and who have not attempted any post-secondary (TAFE or University) study. Mature Age students are those aged over 20 years as at 1 March in their year of admissions, or those under 20 who have attempted some post-secondary study.
The University also provides alternative entry pathways for students who have failed to meet minimum entry requirements to its undergraduate courses. The most popular pathways are the Tertiary Enabling Program (bridging program) and the Foundation Year (bridging program).
Transfering your previous study credits
Mature students who have successfully completed a Certificate IV level qualification at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as TAFE are considered to have met minimum entry requirements for entry into most courses at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Successful completion of a Diploma, Associate Diploma or Advanced Diploma at TAFE also fulfils minimum entry requirements, and may result in advanced standing for the Bachelor level course preference.
Advanced standing is credit granted towards a degree program for study already undertaken. By giving recognition to prior learning, advanced standing prevents the unnecessary duplication of study and can save time and money.
To find out more, please contact the Prospective Students Office on (08) 9433 0533 (WA) or (02) 8204 4404 (NSW).
External study oppurtunities
The University has limited access to external studies as it places a high value on face to face contact with teachers and students. Access may be available for Foundation Year (Broome) and limited undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Education and Nursing.