If you are a veteran and are ready to transition to university, we can help

At Griffith, we recognise and value your experience in the Australian Defence Force. We also understand the unique challenges that students from defence backgrounds face when considering university. Griffith will give consideration to your armed services training and experience to award you an equivalent rank.

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The Veterans pathway offers you the opportunity to apply for admission to Griffith on the basis of your service.

If you have completed the armed services general training and have at least two years' service, you will be awarded a rank that can make you eligible for a range of Griffith degrees.

  • Completion of the armed services general training and two years’ experience awards a rank of 82.00.
  • Armed services experience or examinations to a rank of Sergeant or equivalent awards a rank of 84.00.
  • Experience as a Lieutenant in the Army awards a rank of 85.00.
  • Experience as a Captain in the Army awards a rank of 86.00.
  • Experience as a Major or Lieutenant Commander awards a rank of 87.00.
  • Experience as a Lieutenant – Colonel or higher rank awards a rank of 88.00.

A rank over 80.00 may meet the rank for the following programs*:

  • Bachelor of Applied Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Science.

A rank over 84.00 may meet the rank for the following programs*:

  • Bachelor of Advanced Business
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • achelor of Pharmacy.

*This is a guide only of possible eligibility based on qualification rank above and prior year minimum selection ranks.

You must also demonstrate that you meet the English subject prerequisite for admission to most Griffith programs. If you did not complete and pass English via your secondary studies, you may meet this requirement in other ways. For programs such as the Bachelor of Information Technology and the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology, English is assumed knowledge. This means although it is recommended for your success in the program, it is not assessable upon admission.

Some programs require you to complete additional subject prerequisites for admission. Examples include the Mathematical Methods prerequisite for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). For more information on ways to meet prerequisites, visit prerequisites and assumed knowledge.

If you are unable to demonstrate that you meet the English Subject Prerequisite, you may be invited to apply via the Griffith Personal Statement. For more information on this pathway including eligible programs, visit Griffith Personal Statement.

You can search for your preferred degree in the Degree and Career Finder.


Griffith University provides support for all students through peer mentoring and academic support through PASS.

We provide wellbeing services such as counselling, and support for students with medical conditions, disabilities and accessibility needs is available.

External organisations such as Australian Student Veterans Association may also provide you support.


Age 32, graduated Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in December 2018.

I served as a Rifleman in the Australian Army for six years before discharging in 2012. The highest level of schooling I had successfully completed was Year 9, so I was almost certain my application to study at university would be rejected, but I found Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre offers a university entry rank to anyone who has served for more than two years in the Australian Defence Force. I initially studied a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice before adding on a Bachelor of Laws a year later.

The following year I was accepted into the Griffith Honours College and (through the college) applied for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. I was initially knocked back, but Griffith encouraged me to apply again and I was successful.

I feel like that changed my whole life. While I was in Hong Kong, I had a four week internship with a top tier law firm and discovered that I had a passion for commercial litigation and international arbitration. Three years on, I am working as a graduate at Herbert Smith Freehills and was recently admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

One of the most difficult things I found with leaving the military is not working closely with the same tight-knit group of mates each day. With the help of Griffith Honours College, we ended up having six or seven veterans on campus who would meet up each week for coffee. It is a good way to maintain that camaraderie with people from different branches of the Australian Defence Force.

I know my success at university was due to my military experience as being in the military teaches you to learn and adapt quickly. I want other veterans to know you don’t need to have gone to Year 10 or 12 to get into university, that there is another path.

How to apply


For further information about the Veterans pathway please call us.