The University of Newcastle offers many pathways and entry options to give you the best chance of getting into University. Some relate to specific degrees; others include our free enabling pathway programs like Open Foundation and Yapug.

You don't necessarily need to have completed your HSC or received an ATAR to gain entry into university.

We know that your other skills and qualifications are just as important.

Admission schemes

We have a range of admission schemes that may help you secure you place here.

Pathway programs

Your guaranteed pathway to a University of Newcastle degree

Upon successful completion of Yapug or Open Foundation, you will be guaranteed early entry into selected degrees at the University of Newcastle.

Entry programs

The University of Newcastle Law School (NLS) and the Joint Medical Program (JMP) offer Indigenous students the opportunity to gain early entry.

Imagine having a guaranteed place in a Law program at the University before beginning your final HSC exams.


Scholarships can help you with all kinds of costs including textbooks, fees, accommodation and living expenses. While many consider academic performance, we also award scholarships for travel, sport and specific degrees.


While the thought of moving away from your hometown to study might seem daunting, we’re here to make this transition as easy as possible.

We offer students secure, affordable and comfortable accommodation while studying.

Whether it’s on-campus accommodation that you're after or a house off-campus for you and your friends, we have an option that will suit you.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.