At Jumbunna, the ATAR is not the primary measure of success. Our Jumbunna Pathways Program into University is open to recent-school leavers (with or without an ATAR); non-school leavers; people with TAFE, College or previous University qualifications.
The Jumbunna Pathways Program offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an opportunity to illustrate their capability for higher education based on factors including previous life, education and work experience.
The Application Process
The first step is to apply online for the Jumbunna Pathways Program.
On submission of your application it will be assessed by the Jumbunna Institute.
Once your application has been assessed, applicants will be notified with a recommendation to one of the following pathways:
- Direct entry to UTS – straight into an undergraduate degree of your choice.
- Unistart – A fee free enabling course for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. The program runs for one year and allows students to build their skills in the degree they are interested in. Students will also focus on building up their skills in literacy and maths. Successful pathway students go straight into the first year of their chosen degree. Find out more about Unistart.
- Insearch – A foundation diploma course where students develop and strengthen their knowledge in their chosen course area. Insearch scholarships are available for application. Students who enter the Insearch program receive a tablet or laptop to assist them with their studies. On successful completion of an Insearch Diploma, students are invited to apply direct for a Bachelor's degree, often entering into second year of the program. Find out more via Insearch.
- TAFE or further preparation – Jumbunna pathway participants who have the potential for study once they build their knowledge skills will be recommended a TAFE course. These participants are invited to apply for Jumbunna Pathways after they successfully complete their TAFE course.