Selection process bachelor's

All students who apply for a specific course or programme - and meet the general and specific entry requirements - compete with one another for the places that are available.

Places are offered based on eligible applicants' merit ratings. After admissions selection, you'll either be accepted, placed on a waiting list, or deleted from the course or programme.

Merit rating

University Admissions calculates a merit rating for each applicant based on their previous upper secondary studies. Using this merit rating, students are placed in order from the highest merit rating to the lowest. The higher the merit rating you have, the better chance you have of being offered a place in the course or programme you've applied to.

When you apply to bachelor's level courses and programmes, your merit rating is based on the upper secondary grades you submitted in your supporting documentation. The merit rating scale is from 10 - 22.5. The better your previous grades, the higher the merit rating.

For more specific information about merit ratings for the courses/programmes you've applied for, see the course/programme description page on the university's website. You can find a link from your account here at - go to 'Application'.

Selection group

Depending on the type of documentation you've submitted and how each university selects its applicants, your application will be placed in a suitable selection group. Applicants with the same type of qualifications will compete for a place in a course or programme with other people from this group.

You can find out more about the selection groups for the courses/programmes you've applied for at the course/programme information page at the university's website. You can find a link from your account here at - go to 'Application'.

Separate selection groups for fee-paying students

Some universities have exercised the option of creating selection groups specifically for fee-paying students. If you have questions about these selection groups, please check the homepage of the university you’ve applied to for further information.

Where can I find my merit rating and selection groups?

You can find out what your merit rating is - and what selection groups you're competing in - in the 'Application' section of your account. This information will be provided after your complete, on-time application has been reviewed.

What merit rating do I need to be accepted?

There are often more eligible applicants than spaces available. As the number of applicants for each course and programme - and the merit rating of these applicants - changes from semester to semester, it's impossible to say what merit rating is required for entry into specific courses and programmes.

Last updated: 19 October 2022