Student and Institute Profiles

Our applicant background data and definitions can help you to understand the makeup of CQUniversity students at a course and institute level.

For reporting purposes data provided represents the commencing student cohort available from the most recent Term 1 enrolment.  

Student Profile and Institute data is currently available for undergraduate courses only. 

Institute Profile

CQUniversity Institute Profile – Undergraduate Term 1, 2023 


Applicant Background 

Number of Students 

Percentage of All Students 

Past HE Study 



Past VET Study 



Work and Life Experience  



Recent Secondary – ATAR only 



Recent Secondary – ATAR Criteria 



Recent Secondary – Other Entry 









Student Profile - Undergraduate

To view the Student Profile for courses, visit the ‘Entry Score’ information section on individual course pages.  You can find helpful explanations for terms used to categorise the backgrounds of students below.  

This category profiles information about applicants with a higher education study background, whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education course. This includes study at university and non-university higher education providers, whether recent (such as students seeking to transfer to another higher education provider or changing course at the same provider) or some time ago. It also includes students who have completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by or on behalf of a higher education provider. 

This category profiles information about applicants who have a vocational education and training (VET) background,  whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not.

Past VET Study applicants may have other qualifications such as Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

This category profiles information about applicants who have a work and life experience background . They left secondary education more than two years previously (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

“Experience” could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education. This includes mature age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

This category profiles information about applicants whose admission is based mostly on recent secondary education undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (Australian or overseas equivalent) that was (or will be) completed either in the current year or within the previous two years. 

 For example, data for ‘recent secondary education’ cohorts that commenced higher education in 2021 would include those students who completed secondary education in 2018, 2019 or 2020. 

 This group includes students who may have undertaken or completed some VET or higher education study while still at school. It also includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas. 

Refer to the Entry Rank Information below for further explanation on how to read undergraduate course Entry Rank Profiles for applicants with ‘Recent Secondary Education’. 

This category profiles information about applicants who are not Australian or New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents.  Entry requirements for International applicants are specific to each course as outlined on our course pages

Entry Rank Information

Entry Rank Profiles are provided in the ‘Entry Score’ information on individual undergraduate course pages.  These profiles detail the entry score for all applicants with ‘Recent Secondary Education’ who received an offer in the specified term for the course they applied to.  Available data applies to offers made via QTAC, UAC and Apply CQUni. 

 You can find further explanation on the Entry Rank Profile categories below.

The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank) scale is 30 to 99.95 with 99.95 being the highest score. 

The Lowest ATAR is the lowest “raw” ATAR or unadjusted ATAR of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made. 

Median ATAR is the score that had 50% of applicants who received lower score and 50% who received a higher score. 

The Highest ATAR is the highest “raw” ATAR or unadjusted ATAR of an applicant that received an offer in the course. 

An unadjusted score does not include any applicable adjustment factors. An adjusted score is the score after adjustment factors have been applied.

The entry score is not published as less than 5 applicants received an offer.