University-wide admission requirement changes the grade average for quota 1 to 6.0

The senior management team has decided to introduce a uniform admission requirement across AU, primarily because removal of the quick-start bonus will generally mean that future applicants have lower average grades than previously. For NAT, this means that in future, applicants must have an average grade of at least 6.0 in their qualifying examination, and at least 6.0 on average in mathematics at upper secondary level A in order to be admitted to a NAT study programme via quota 1.

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In future, there will be a university-wide admission requirement of 6.0 for quota 1 applicants to all of the university’s degree programmes, with the exception of all of AU’s professional Bachelor's degree programmes and the business administration degree programmes in Herning.

This is due to a desire to make the application process more transparent, with the same minimum requirement across AU. Moreover, since the removal of the quick start bonus in 2020, applicants have generally had a lower average grade when applying for post-secondary education.

For all NAT study programmes except one, the new average grade requirement of 6.0 and 6.0 in mathematics level A for quota 1 applicants is expected to enter into force for the summer 2021 intake, thereby replacing the current grade requirement (7+7), which was introduced in 2019. There will continue to be an entrance examination and subject-specific programmes focussing on strengthening the academic skills of quota 2 applicants at all departments.

For the Molecular Medicine programme, offered in collaboration with Health, the new grade requirement will enter into force from 2022.

NAT is well prepared

Kristine Kliså, the vice-dean for education, sees it as an advantage that NAT already has experience with grade requirements for admission to degree programmes:

"The academic environments at NAT have good experience with admission requirements in quota 1, as these requirements send a clear signal to applicants on what we expect of them academically. Together with the subject-specific programmes, the average grade requirement and the grade requirement for mathematics A help to align the expectations of applicants. The new admission requirement may slightly change the requirements for introduction to the academic level and university life, but the most important thing is that we continue our many good initiatives to develop study programmes and focus on retention, and I see lots of good work across the faculty," says Kristine Kilså.

In the upcoming period, vice-dean Kristine Kilså will visit the committees on education at the departments to discuss admission and retention.


The quick-start bonus meant that upper-secondary-school graduates were allowed to multiply their average grade by 1.08 if they commenced post-secondary education through quota 1 within two years of completing their qualifying examination. The "More flexible higher education" (“Mere fleksible universitetsuddannelser”) agreement concluded in December 2018 abolished the bonus scheme with effect from 2020.