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Admissions Policy

Policy overview

1 Purpose

To establish the expectations and requirements for employees who admit Students.

2 Scope

This policy applies to the process by which Applicants become Students of the University. The Admission process finishes when the Applicant is formally enrolled as a Student on the University's system. This policy applies to the Admission of Domestic and International Students seeking entry into all Award Programs and Non-Award Programs offered by the University.

3 Policy Statement

The University establishes the expectations and requirements for Admission through this policy. Admission is determined on the basis of Academic Merit or the capacity for university level study. The University recognises that this can be measured by formal qualifications and by means other than formally recognised educational attainment. The Admissions Procedure sets out the criteria which an Applicant must satisfy in order to be admitted to the University.

Students seeking entry to programs at the University must satisfy the general Admission principles outlined in this policy as well as the specific entry requirements as detailed in the Admissions Procedure.

4 Principles

The Admission principles of the University are:

  1. Admission to University Award Programs is determined on the basis of merit, specific program requirements and perceived probability of success.
  2. Non-Award Programs and Courses do not have Academic Merit Admission requirements.
  3. The University supports the Admission of Applicants who are considered to have a reasonable chance of success in the program to which they apply.
  4. The University may establish and use alternative entry programs to assist the Admission of under-represented community groups.
  5. There are a limited number of places available in each program. Where demand for a program exceeds the available number of places, Admission to the program may be denied, despite the Applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements.
  6. The University may cancel the Enrolment of Students.
  7. Admission requirements will be made available for Applicants.

5 References

Nil.

6 Schedules

This policy must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

7 Policy Information

Subordinate Schedules

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities)

Policy Type

Academic Quality Policy

Approved Date

10/5/2013

Effective Date

11/4/2014

Review Date

11/4/2017

Relevant Legislation

Higher Education Support Act (2003)

Related Policies

Enrolment Policy

Minimum Standards of Support for Research Students Policy and Procedure

Related Procedures

Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure

Admissions Procedure

Enrolment Procedure

Program Accreditation and Review Procedure

Recognition of Prior Service Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

QTAC Online Application Form

USQ Online Application Form

QTAC Guide to Tertiary Courses

QTAC Tertiary Prerequisites

USQ Program Guide

USQ Future Students website

USQ International Students website

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Academic Merit

Academic Merit is based on an Applicant's level of academic achievement during their prior studies. It is generally assessed on an applicant's OP score, International Baccalaureate (IB) score, Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank, or equivalent rank based on the applicants qualifications and/or work experience....moreAcademic Merit is based on an Applicant's level of academic achievement during their prior studies. It is generally assessed on an applicant's OP score, International Baccalaureate (IB) score, Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank, or equivalent rank based on the applicants qualifications and/or work experience.

Admission

The process of submission and assessment of applications for entry to study at the University....moreThe process of submission and assessment of applications for entry to study at the University.

Applicant

A person who applies for any program or Course of study offered by the University whether the application is made through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) or directly to the University....moreA person who applies for any program or Course of study offered by the University whether the application is made through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) or directly to the University.

Award Program

A sequence of study which leads to an academic qualification granted by the University and conferred by Council....moreA sequence of study which leads to an academic qualification granted by the University and conferred by Council.

Domestic Student

A Student who is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa....moreA Student who is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

Enrolment

The process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year....moreThe process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year.

International Student

A Student who is not an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa....moreA Student who is not an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

Non-Award Program

A sequence of study which does not lead to an Award....moreA sequence of study which does not lead to an Award.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this policy only

Keywords

QTAC, direct entry, tertiary entrance

Record No

13/25PL

Failure to comply with this Policy or Policy Instrument may be considered as misconduct and the provisions of the relevant Policy or Procedure applied.

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