In Summary

The minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) required to gain a place in many popular degrees has risen at Swinburne University of Technology in 2014.

The average increase across the board for Swinburne is 4.7 ATAR points per course, lifting the university’s overall average ATAR in 2014 to 71.8 compared to 68 in 2013.

“The rise in the ATAR entry required for our courses means we now have some programs requiring an ATAR in the 90s,” Swinburne’s Vice-President (International and Future Students), Jeffrey Smart, said.

“All double degrees will now have an ATAR equal to or higher than their single degree equivalents.

“If a student achieves an ATAR rank equal to or above our published guaranteed ATAR, meet all course prerequisites and have listed that course as their highest successful preference through VTAC, their place in that course at Swinburne is guaranteed.”

The ATAR is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs. An ATAR is not an average of a student's marks, but a rank that measures their overall performance in relation to other students.

The highest cut-off this year at Swinburne was 91.45 for the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours), which is a new course being offered in 2014. Other highly competitive courses included Bachelor of Film and Television, Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) (Honours)/Business and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), with cut-offs respectively of 90.4, 80.45 and 70.05.

“We will also have a number of high quality students who will be receiving offers for our various scholarship programs, including the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, which were announced last week,” Mr Smart said.

The main round of 2014 university offers was released on 17 January.