You’ve decided you want to study in Australia — but how do you decide which university to apply for? There is no single one ‘best’ university, so you need to decide what matters to you most before finding the right one for you.
It’s important to consider factors like graduation rates, retention rates and overall quality of education before applying for a university — the last thing you want is to be enrolled in a university that won’t meet your needs.
Each year The Good Universities Guide releases a fresh batch of university rankings, which reveal Australia’s top performing universities in 13 different categories.
Let’s look at what current Australian students think matters the most while attending university and which universities rankest highest in these categories.
The Good Universities Guide’s Full-Time Employment ratings look at the proportion of graduates who are employed on a full-time basis four months after completing their course. Charles Sturt University is the highest-performing university in this category with 86.3%, followed by Charles Darwin University (83%) and CQUniversity (79%).
Unsurprisingly, graduate starting salary is a consistent factor in what matters to students. University of Southern Queensland and Charles Darwin University ranked equal highest with a median salary of $65,200.
What does good student support look like? For some, it’s smooth and efficient enrolment processes and successful orientation days — for others, it’s accessible services from faculties or counsellors. Bond University scored the highest with 89.40%, followed by The University of Notre Dame with 83.7%. Federation University was the highest-ranked university in Victoria with 79.8%. The vice-chancellor of Federation University, Professor Helen Bartlett, said that the university understands the challenges that many of their students face and know the power of education to transform lives.
Teaching Quality looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teachers they experienced. In descending order, the universities who achieved five-star ratings in this category are Bond University (90%), The University of Notre Dame (90%), Edith Cowan University (85.9%) and University of New England (84.1%).
Visit The Good Universities Guide website to view all rankings and ratings of Australian universities.