The University of New South Wales has introduced a flexible entry program for elite athletes and performers.

Under the new program, applicants for undergraduate places can receive up to five bonus points on their UAI rank (or recognised senior secondary qualification) for entry into their preferred UNSW program.

Elite athletes are defined according to the Australian Sports Commission's Elite Athlete Friendly University Agreement. An elite performer is a student who has demonstrated excellence through performing arts, scholastic achievement (above and beyond normal study programs) or leadership on a national or international level.

Bonus points are awarded for excellence in a range of approved activities according to the level of expertise reached. For example, five points for state and national representative sport or membership of the Australian Science and Maths Olympiad Teams; four points for an Australian Music Diploma; and three points for membership of a World Schools Debating Team.

Bonus points are not available for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program.

"As one of Australia's top universities, our programs require a high UAI for entry," said Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Joan Cooper.

"However experience tells us that the UAI rank is not the sole determining factor in whether a student will perform well at university. Schemes like the Elite Athletes and Performers Program recognise that attributes such as a high level of motivation and commitment are also valuable indicators of future success.

"This program supports our objective of becoming the destination of choice for students with the highest potential," Professor Cooper said.

The Elite Athletes and Performers Program also provides eligible students in all study programs with the necessary support to successfully integrate their academic life with their external pursuits through enrolment flexibility, cross-institutional study options and leave of absence for travel commitments.

The closing date for program applications is 30 November 2008. Click here for more information.

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