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 (also known as grade tariffs). After admissions selection, you'll either be accepted, placed on a waiting list, or deleted from the course or programme you've applied for.

Merit rating (grade tariff)

University Admissions calculates a merit rating for each applicant. Based on this merit rating, students are placed in a ranked 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.

Bachelor's applicants

When you apply to bachelor's level courses and programmes, your merit rating is based on the 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.

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. 

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.

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 documents will compete for a place in a course or programme with other people from this group.

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/universities you’ve applied to for further information.

Last updated: 06 September 2020