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Step-by-step guide: how to apply to CDU

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Future and Focus

Congratulations on making the decision to study with a leading graduate employment and salary outcomes university – CDU. We’re here to help you take your next step towards shaping a better future, so let’s get started on the path to uni application success.

1. Find out your course code 

Visit to get information on your chosen course, such as course codes and study options, including online or on campus, part time or full time. 

2. Register with SATAC

Most higher education applications for CDU go through the South Australian Tertiary
Admissions Centre (SATAC), so the next step to get your application underway is to visit

Click on either Undergraduate or Postgraduate and then click on ‘Apply now’
to register. Once you've completed your registration, SATAC will send you an email
with a link to access your online application.

3. Complete your application

Follow the link in the email from SATAC to complete your application, and remember
to save your progress after each section. Although SATAC can access most of
your study records, they may request further information from you, such as
high school certificates.

4. Accept your offer 

If your application is successful, you’ll receive your offer via email from CDU. After you've accepted your offer, we’ll send you instructions on how to enrol in your units via email.

Already studied with CDU?

If you’ve previously completed a VET Certificate IV or higher, the Tertiary Enabling Program or
an undergraduate degree with CDU, you can apply for a place in a CDU undergraduate course via MyNextCourse.

Applying directly to CDU through MyNextCourse (rather than SATAC) means
you can skip steps 2 and 3, avoid the SATAC application fee, and receive your offer sooner.

Need a hand getting started with study? 

We understand that the pathway into uni isn’t always straight forward, and we’re here to help you navigate the road to study. That’s why we offer flexible entry options into our undergraduate degrees, including:

  • An Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR) of 60 or higher*
  • A VET or TAFE award of Certificate IV or higher
  • A Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) score of 135 or greater*
  • Successful completion of at least of one semester of full-time study* of a uni degree or diploma
  • Successful completion of CDU's free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Life and work experience

We also recognise experience in the school of life. If you don’t have any of the above,
but do have plenty of experience working in a relevant industry, you can submit a personal
competencies or employment experience statement which may enable you to meet the
entry requirements of your degree.

*While a minimum ATAR of 60 is an indicator of entry requirements to most of our undergraduate degrees, requirements may be higher for some courses and where spaces are limited. If you sat the STAT test before April 2010, you will need a score of 145 or greater. 

Talk to us to find out more about how to apply to CDU. We’re here to help. For further information, don't hesitate to get in touch with us by booking a call back, calling us on 1800 061 96 or


This article appears in:
Future and Focus

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