Special consideration for elite athletes and performers

If you're an elite athlete or performer, not only could you be eligible for a course selection rank boost, you also have an opportunity to join our high-performing Elite Athlete Program.


At Deakin, special consideration is given for applicants who identify as an elite athlete or performer. Elite athletes are defined, in line with Deakin's membership of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network, as athletes and coaches contracted to an elite sport and/or entity.

Category Consideration givenEligibility
Elite athlete and performer Up to 5 aggregate points For elite athletes and coaches who are contracted to an elite sport/entity.

How to apply

Applications to apply for consideration as an Elite Athlete and Performer are now open.

Apply for Elite Athlete and Performers Adjustment Scheme

Elite athlete scholarship

Receive up to $15,000 over three years

If you're applying for special consideration as an elite athlete, why not apply for a scholarship designed to help you reach your full potential as an athlete and student? Applications for the Deakin Sport Network Elite Athlete Scholarship open on 31 August 2020, and all athletes, elite and aspiring, are encouraged to apply.

Elite Athlete Program

Want to be a high achiever in the classroom and on the sporting field? Our Elite Athlete Program gives you the flexibility, support and resources to take control of your education and career. We can help you negotiate classes and assessments around your training schedule, and we can even arrange for you to study at other universities while you’re travelling for competition.

You’ll also receive a DeakinACTIVE gym membership and access to financial support through the Elite Athlete Support Grants.

What you can look forward to at Deakin

When you study at Deakin, you’ll be joining the most satisfied university students in Victoria.* You’ll feel supported every step of the way, inside and outside the classroom, and our practical approach to learning prepares you to make a confident transition into your future career.

A world of support

Support is especially important for students studying far from home. At Deakin, you’ll be part of an incredibly supportive community, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you feel comfortable, energised and ready to achieve your best. Access a huge range of support services including:

  • study mentors
  • student success coaches
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
  • Language and Learning Advisers
  • mental and physical health services
  • financial support
  • disability support
  • legal advice
  • after hours IT support.

Plus, there are so many different ways to get in touch, from face-to-face appointments and phone calls, to Skype, email, online chat and more.

Vibrant student life

Studying at university is about more than just exploring your passion. It’s an exciting time in your life when you can make life-long connections, try new things and experience everything campus life has to offer. Visit our student life hub to get a taste for what’s ahead, including the best places to eat and drink, the campus services available to you, and our huge range of clubs and societies.

You might even like to live on campus, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the Deakin experience and make new friends. Plus, students who live on campus are more likely to achieve higher grades than their peers.

Australia’s #1 career service*

DeakinTALENT has been recognised as the most popular careers service in Australia by the graduate recruitment industry for three years running. They’re experts at connecting you to your future career, whether that be working for a company that inspires you, or forging your own path through self employment.

Best of all, Deakin graduates have access to DeakinTALENT for life. As jobs evolve and your passions change, you’ll always have the support of DeakinTALENT behind you.

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question about special consideration, courses or studying at Deakin, we might have already answered it. Visit Help hub for expert answers to trending questions, and get the info you need fast.

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Contact us

If you’d like some guidance through your application, our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre can provide you with step-by-step guidance on the application process. Get in touch on 1800 693 888 to chat with one of our friendly advisers and have all your questions answered.

*2020 QS World University Rankings