Undergraduate degree applications

Join Deakin’s lively undergraduate community and explore your interests, passions and ambitions. We accept applications through most of the year with intakes for many courses in all three trimesters.

Applications for trimester 2 close on Sunday 2 July.* Get started on your application today.

Apply in five steps

Applying for your undergraduate degree at Deakin couldn’t be easier. The average application is straightforward and takes around 20 minutes to complete. Follow these steps to make the process as simple as possible.

Find your course

Browse from the hundreds of exciting undergraduate courses we have on offer. Undergraduate courses at Deakin generally begin in March, but some courses also have intakes in July and November.

Once you find the course you’re after, make sure you understand the entry requirements, application methods and application dates.

Find a course

Find courses based on your ATAR

Understand the entry and documentation requirements

Make sure you understand the entry requirements for your chosen course by reading the course page carefully. Some courses may also require you to provide extra materials like a portfolio or personal statement.

Learn more about eligibility

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Find out more about preparing your application


Depending on your course, our flexible trimester system means you may be able to start in Trimester 1 (March), 2 (July) or 3 (November).

Applications for Trimester 1 should be made through VTAC. If you are a non-school leaver applying for one Deakin course only, you may apply direct to Deakin.

Applications for Trimester 2 or 3 should be made directly to Deakin via the applicant portal.

Important dates*

  • Applications for Trimester 2 2017 close Sunday July 2.
  • Applications for Trimester 3 2017 close late October.
  • Trimester 1 2018 applications open in August.

* Some application closing dates vary, please check course pages for more details.

Associate degrees, diplomas and honours degrees

To apply for our honours degree, associate degree or diploma courses, check the relevant course page for details. Be sure to understand the entry requirements and any extra information necessary for your application before you begin.

Learn more about applying for associate degrees and diplomas

Learn more about applying for honours degrees


When submitting your application, we’ll ask you to provide any extra information necessary, like details of previous study and work experience to help us consider your application. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate a level of English proficiency. Depending on the course, a more specific requirement such as maths or a portfolio may also be required.

Year 12 school leavers

If you have just finished Year 12, we’ll look at the subjects that you’ve completed and your ATAR when considering your application. Check the information on the course page for the course you are applying for as you may also need to complete ‘extra requirements’.

Non-school leavers

You might have left school 2 years ago, or 20 years ago. The same sort of entry requirements apply, you’ll have lots of different ways you can meet the requirements. We’ll consider your secondary study, any TAFE or university study and work or other experience you might have undertaken.

English language requirements 

There is a minimum level of English proficiency required to study all of our courses. Generally, you can meet this requirement by demonstrating you've completed Year 12, or studied at a TAFE or university in English and in an English speaking country.

Check our English language requirements (PDF, 184KB)

Computing requirements 

At Deakin, we make extensive use of technology in our teaching. To study at Deakin you are required to have:

  • access to a device such as a desktop computer or laptop
  • connectivity to the internet
  • capability to use Deakin's online learning environments.

Learn more about Deakin's computing requirements

More information

Access and Equity Program

If circumstances in your life have limited your potential for studying at university, we also have a scheme that increases your chance of receiving a course offer (but doesn’t guarantee it).

If your course application is through VTAC, you can apply for Access and Equity through the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application, and if you apply direct, provide us with more detail in the Applicant Portal.

Learn more about our Access and Equity Program


You might be eligible for one of the many scholarships Deakin has on offer. Our handy scholarship search tool can help you find all the scholarships that you could be eligible for. Remember to read each scholarship's details carefully and apply before the due date.

Find a scholarship

Credit for prior learning

Credit for Prior Learning is the recognition of previous study, work or volunteer experience you might have completed. If approved, it can reduce the number of units you need to study at Deakin, allowing you to complete your course earlier.

Find out more about Credit for Prior Learning

What happens next?

What happens after I submit my application?

If you applied direct to the University you will be emailed an application receipt number. Once your application is assessed you will be notified by email of the outcome.

If applying through VTAC, please refer the VTAC website for key dates and entry requirements.

VTAC important dates

When will I know if I’m accepted and how is the offer made?

If you’ve applied direct to Deakin, you’ll usually hear from us within 10 working days. Some courses may take longer. You will receive an offer email from Deakin if you’ve been successful

If you’ve applied through VTAC, you’ll receive an outcome for the offer round in your VTAC Online Account.

VTAC important dates

Now that I have my ATAR, what should I do?

Year 12 results and ATAR’s will be released at the beginning of December, so make sure you take another look at your VTAC preferences in case you need to change them to take into consideration your ATAR before offers are made.

VTAC important dates

What if I didn't get an offer?

If you weren’t successful in being offered a place whether you’ve applied directly to Deakin or via VTAC, there may still be options open to you. An alternative course may be available, or you may consider a pathway to Deakin. If you are unsure why you’ve been unsuccessful, contact us and we’ll provide feedback.

If you’ve applied through VTAC and haven’t received an offer, you may have an opportunity to review your preference order to be considered for a different course.

I received an offer, what are my options?

If you receive an offer of a place from Deakin, you’ve got a couple of options available. You can:

  • accept the offer and enrol, then start your studies the next available trimester
  • defer your offer, which means putting off the start of your studies by up to two years (depending on what sort of offer you received).

Your offer email contains all of the information you’ll need to accept, enrol or defer.

Learn more about your offer and enrolment options

How long do I have to accept my offer?

Your offer email will state the date by which you must accept or defer your offer.

Your future begins here

There’s a reason why we’re rated one of Australia’s top universities: we’re all about giving you the best university experience. 

While you wait for your application to be processed, you can learn all about life as a Deakin student and what we can do for you.

Life at Deakin

Contact us

Have questions about entry requirements, courses, key dates or anything else? We can answer it. Our student advisors are available to speak to you one-on-one about your course and career options, scholarships and pathways into Deakin.

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
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