Undergraduate admissions criteria

General admission

Bond University accepts undergraduate applications from students based anywhere in the world. Our applicants typically include students who have completed Year 12 in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia, and international students who have completed equivalent secondary school studies in their own countries.

As a general rule, Bond University imposes a minimum age requirement of 17 years and a minimum entry score (OP, ATAR, IB or equivalent). Applicants require a minimum entry score equivalent to OP15 or higher (ATAR 63.50 for admission in Semester 1, 2018) to be considered for admission into our bachelor programs.  Applicants who are about to complete their final Year 12 assessment will be also considered, based on the predicted OP, ATAR or IB score provided by their school. Applicants who do not meet this minimum entry score will be considered for admission into a Bond University College pathway program. More details on each of these options follow.

In addition to our minimum University admission requirements, some of our bachelor programs may require applicants to have achieved a higher minimum entry score standard, subject prerequisites, and/or some other additional selection criteria. Program admission requirements are reviewed annually. The full details of our programs, entry requirements and other relevant information can be found on the program web pages.

Students who have completed studies in a non-English speaking country are required to satisfy English language proficiency requirements equivalent to IELTS 6.5. 

Bond University admits students into our January, May and September semesters. Applications for all programs other than the Medical Program may be lodged directly with the University at any time. You can apply now

Guaranteed entry

If you are a current Year 12 student and you successfully complete Year 12 with a final score of OP1 to OP5 or equivalent (ATAR 99.95-91.90 or IB 45-34 for admission in Semester 1, 2018), Bond will guarantee you a place in any undergraduate program other than the Medical Program, provided that you also meet that program’s admission requirements.

Applicants who have completed Year 12 in Australia

If you have completed Year 12 and received a Queensland OP, interstate ATAR or International Baccalaureate (IB) result, you will be considered for admission on the basis of academic merit and assessed against the program admission requirements.

If you are currently completing Year 12 in Australia, you may apply for a place in the January semester before you have completed your final Year 12 assessment. Bond University will assess your application based on your predicted OP, ATAR or IB score provided by your school.

Assessment for admission to the May or September semesters will be based on your finalised OP, ATAR or IB score.

Pathway options

If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, you may gain admission into the program through completion of a Bond University College pathway program.

As a guide:

  • Year 12 students who achieve an entry score equivalent to OP16-OP21 are eligible to apply for admission into Bond University College’s Diploma programs. 
  • Year 12 students who do not achieve an entry score equivalent to OP21 are encouraged to contact Bond University College to discuss admission into the Bond University College Preparation Program.

Overseas high school or other overseas qualifications

If you have completed your secondary schooling or other educational qualifications overseas, your applications will be assessed using the Australian Government Department of Education’s Country Education Profiles and QTAC assessment schedules on overseas assessment.

If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, you may still be able to gain admission through completion of a Bond University College pathway program.

If you have already completed some tertiary study, you will be assessed on the basis of all of the subjects that you have attempted.

If you have completed studies in a field related to your intended study, you may also apply for advanced standing to receive credit towards your Bond University qualification. Find out more about advanced standing from successfully completed previous tertiary study.

You may be considered for admission on the basis of successful completion of an approved Certificate Level IV or higher qualification. Students who have successfully completed Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas (Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5 and 6) may also be considered for advanced standing

Finished secondary education more than two years ago

There are no time limits following completion of Year 12 for an applicant to be considered for admission. The level of program for which you will be considered (bachelor, diploma or foundation) will depend on your prior study and work experience.

Bridging and enabling program entry

Applicants may undertake a Bond University College Preparation Program or diploma program to satisfy the entry requirements for a bachelor program.

Other entry options

  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is intended for applicants without other university entrance qualifications and is administered by QTAC. Your STAT score will be converted to an equivalent university entry score and used in the assessment of your application.
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications and experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants may apply on the basis of employment experience and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to contact the Bond University Nyombil Centre for further advice on schemes available to assist in applying to and studying at Bond University.

The table below provides further information about the students who commenced undergraduate study at Bond University in January semester 2017.

Applicant backgroundSemester one / Full year intake January 2017
Number of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)



(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study



(C) Recent secondary education:

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the impact of
    adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)



  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)



  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)



(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)



International students



All students



Additional information

How to apply

Applications for all programs are made directly to Bond University via our online application form.

Applications for the Medical Program are the exception, and must be made through QTAC. There is only one intake per year for the Medical Program commencing in the May semester.


Information on how to accept your offer is available here

FEE-HELP for Australian students

Students are required to pay their full tuition fees for each semester in advance.

Eligible Australian students can access a FEE-HELP loan to help finance their tuition fees.

More information regarding tuition fees and financial assistance is available here.

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