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.
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.
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.
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
How to apply
1. Select your degree
Explore our comprehensive range of undergraduate degrees available at our study website.
2. Check entry requirements
Check the entry requirements specific to your chosen degree via our study website. Applications are assessed on eligibility (subject prerequisites and other entry criteria) and merit ( ATAR or Selection Rank). Some degrees may require you to meet additional criteria, including audition, interview or portfolio.
ATAR, IB and Selection Rank
An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is the rank assigned to eligible Year 12 students in all Australian states and territories. Some high schools also offer the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. If you do not have an ATAR or IB score, you can still receive a Selection Rank on the basis of previous secondary schooling, tertiary, bridging and enabling studies, tertiary admissions tests or work experience and qualifications.
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
For most Griffith degrees, an English subject is the only prerequisite. Some degrees assume you have studied certain subjects at school and that you’ll be able to build on this knowledge at university. Check out our pages on Prerequisites and assumed knowledge.
3. Check fees, degree duration and available scholarships
You can find indicative fees for specific degrees via our study website. Domestic students studying an undergraduate degree may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. This means you pay a student contribution for your degree with the majority of the cost covered by the Australian Government.
Visit our Paying your fees page to find out more about costs.
Most of our undergraduate degrees can be completed in three years when studied full time. Check out the study website to see the duration of your chosen program.
Griffith University teaches across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, which gives you the flexibility to pace your study to suit your needs. You may also have the ability to fast-track your degree by studying in Trimester 3. Trimester 3 is not compulsory for all degrees.
Whether you are a high-achieving student, elite athlete or need some financial assistance, we have scholarships that recognise and reward your accomplishments. Scholarships that can help you achieve your goals and dreams. Visit our scholarships page to find out what you’re eligible for.
4. Apply online via QTAC or UAC
Submit your university application via QTAC or UAC and place your Griffith programs within your preferences*.
If you intend to study at the Gold Coast campus, we recommend that you apply either via QTAC or UAC and not both. If you're eligible, you'll still receive your offer with us and you'll save on application fees. Not all Gold Coast programs are on offer via UAC , so please check the programs on offer before submitting your application.
[*] For Undergraduate Certificates, you need to apply directly to Griffith University. Simply choose your certificate from our Degree Finder and click on 'Apply'.
5. Accept your offer and enrol
If you are successful in securing a direct offer with us, congratulations!
If you are successful in receiving an offer through QTAC or UAC you will be sent a 'Notice of Offer' and all you need to do is accept the offer (QTAC applicants), and enrol (all applicants) in order to secure your place.
For some programs, to secure your place you will also be required to enrol into classes at Griffith within a specified timeframe as stated in your TAC offer letter and/or Starting@Griffith email,. If you do not respond and/or enrol within the timeframe your offer will lapse. Lapsed offers are not automatically reinstated and for some programs reinstatement is not possible.
The Starting@Griffith email includes your enrolment link and will be emailed to the email address you provided in your TAC application.
Unique Student Identifier
From 1 January 2021, all Griffith students will require a Unique Student Identifier in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place and Commonwealth financial assistance (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or OS-HELP). If you're commencing a new program at Griffith, you will need to obtain a USI (or locate your existing USI) and provide it via the Pre-Enrolment Questionnaire before your first census date. For further information visit Unique-Student Identifier.