1. World Rankings of Australian Universities
Australian universities are strongly represented in world university rankings.
- Australia has anywhere between 3 and 7 of the world's top 100 universities (depending on the ranking system).
- Many other Australian universities rank in the top 500 or top 1000.
Why world rankings are flawed
Although we have reproduced world rankings, we caution against using them for comparing universities. World rankings rely on opinion surveys and research publication stats.
- World rankings don't consider student ratings or graduate salaries for example (since they can't be compared across countries).
- They really just measure academic prestige and how much research universities publish (see university rankings explained).
- High ranking universities are not necessarily good for students.
|Rank (avg)||University||QS Rankings||Shanghai||Webometrics|
|1,248||Australian Catholic University||1,248|
|63||Australian National University||19||77||93|
|925||Charles Darwin University||575||1,274|
|827||Charles Sturt University||827|
|873||Edith Cowan University||873|
|2,144||Federation University Australia||2,144|
|432||James Cook University||387||350||560|
|474||La Trobe University||394||554|
|359||Queensland University of Technology||263||450||363|
|1,111||Southern Cross University||1,111|
|538||Swinburne University of Technology||525||350||738|
|171||University of Adelaide||113||175||225|
|837||University of Canberra||575||1,098|
|13,619||University of Divinity||13,619|
|52||University of Melbourne||42||44||71|
|716||University of New England||675||757|
|83||University of New South Wales||46||125||77|
|370||University of Newcastle||256||350||504|
|3,747||University of Notre Dame Australia||3,747|
|60||University of Queensland||46||77||58|
|431||University of South Australia||288||573|
|917||University of Southern Queensland||917|
|126||University of Sydney||45||125||208|
|400||University of Tasmania||379||350||472|
|318||University of Technology Sydney||218||350||387|
|2,401||University of the Sunshine Coast||2,401|
|136||University of Western Australia||98||87||222|
|302||University of Wollongong||243||250||414|
|652||Western Sydney University||675||629|
2. Australian University Rankings
The most reliable Australian university rankings are from Uni Reviews Australia. They use Australian data on course ratings and graduate salaries. University performance is measured in a balanced way that focuses on education quality.
Universities are rated on 3 performance indicators. Scores are added to get overall rankings.
Repute is measured by how well a university has done in world university rankings.
- It is an indicator of the esteem in which a university is held by academics and broader society.
- A high world ranking suggests a degree from the uni may be highly regarded by employers.
Ratings is a measure of course satisfaction reported in the Australian Graduate Survey.
- Course satisfaction is the % of students who felt positively about their overall course experience.
- Unis with high ratings are good at keeping students happy.
Results is a salary measure that mathematically combines observed salaries, rates of further study, and unemployment.
- The results indicator quantifies how well graduates are going shortly after finishing their degree.
Further detail about the ranking methodology is available from Uni Reviews Australia rankings.
|Rank||University||World ranking||Grad satisfaction||Adj grad salary|
|1||University of Melbourne||52||84%||$59,923|
|2||University of Wollongong||302||90%||$52,790|
|3||University of Adelaide||171||84%||$57,673|
|4||University of Western Australia||136||80%||$59,287|
|5||Australian National University||63||86%||$52,320|
|6||University of Queensland||60||83%||$48,748|
|8||University of New South Wales||83||81%||$47,135|
|9||University of Sydney||126||79%||$49,784|
|11||University of New England||716||88%||$50,669|
|13||James Cook University||432||84%||$51,977|
|14||La Trobe University||474||81%||$50,434|
|15||University of Notre Dame Australia||3,747||92%||$50,881|
|16||University of Newcastle||370||83%||$48,197|
|17||University of Southern Queensland||917||81%||$56,599|
|20||Charles Darwin University||925||82%||$55,745|
|21||Queensland University of Technology||359||84%||$44,633|
|22||University of South Australia||431||85%||$47,688|
|23||University of Tasmania||400||81%||$50,966|
|24||Edith Cowan University||873||86%||$51,145|
|25||University of Divinity||13,619||88%||$51,797|
|29||Western Sydney University||652||85%||$46,393|
|30||Swinburne University of Technology||538||86%||$42,140|
|31||University of Canberra||837||80%||$50,407|
|32||University of Technology Sydney||318||81%||$41,721|
|34||Charles Sturt University||827||77%||$52,032|
|36||University of the Sunshine Coast||2,401||87%||$44,063|
|37||Australian Catholic University||1,248||80%||$49,078|
|38||Federation University Australia||2,144||82%||$47,378|
|40||Southern Cross University||1,111||79%||$45,664|