Australian University Rankings Guide

Australia's 5 Star University Rankings 2017

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We've done the hard work, we've crunched the numbers, and the results are in. The latest 5 Star Australian University Rankings are now ready for inspection. Check out how your favourite university has fared, compare it to the others, and share the results with your friends.

Australian University Rankings (alphabetical within level)
5 STAR
Australian National University 5 Star RankingAustralian National UniversityACT
Monash University 5 Star RankingMonash UniversityVIC
University of Melbourne 5 Star RankingUniversity of MelbourneVIC
University of New South Wales 5 Star RankingUniversity of New South WalesNSW
University of Queensland 5 Star RankingUniversity of QueenslandQLD
University of Sydney 5 Star RankingUniversity of SydneyNSW
4 1/2 STAR
Macquarie University 4 1/2 Star RankingMacquarie UniversityNSW
University of Adelaide 4 1/2 Star RankingUniversity of AdelaideSA
University of Western Australia 4 1/2 Star RankingUniversity of Western AustraliaWA
4 STAR
Curtin University 4 Star RankingCurtin UniversityWA
Deakin University 4 Star RankingDeakin UniversityVIC
Griffith University 4 Star RankingGriffith UniversityQLD
Queensland University of Technology 4 Star RankingQueensland University of TechnologyQLD
RMIT University 4 Star RankingRMIT UniversityVIC
Swinburne University of Technology 4 Star RankingSwinburne University of TechnologyVIC
University of Newcastle 4 Star RankingUniversity of NewcastleNSW
University of Wollongong 4 Star RankingUniversity of WollongongNSW
University of Technology Sydney 4 Star RankingUniversity of Technology SydneyNSW
3 1/2 STAR
Bond University 3 1/2 Star RankingBond UniversityQLD
Flinders University 3 1/2 Star RankingFlinders UniversitySA
James Cook University 3 1/2 Star RankingJames Cook UniversityQLD
La Trobe University 3 1/2 Star RankingLa Trobe UniversityVIC
Murdoch University 3 1/2 Star RankingMurdoch UniversityWA
Southern Cross University 3 1/2 Star RankingSouthern Cross UniversityQLD
University of South Australia 3 1/2 Star RankingUniversity of South AustraliaSA
University of Tasmania 3 1/2 Star RankingUniversity of TasmaniaTAS
Western Sydney University 3 1/2 Star RankingWestern Sydney UniversityNSW
Victoria University 3 1/2 Star RankingVictoria UniversityVIC
3 STAR
Australian Catholic University 3 Star RankingAustralian Catholic UniversityQLD
CQUniversity 3 Star RankingCQUniversityQLD
Charles Darwin University 3 Star RankingCharles Darwin UniversityNT
Charles Sturt University 3 Star RankingCharles Sturt UniversityNSW
Edith Cowan University 3 Star RankingEdith Cowan UniversityWA
Federation University 3 Star RankingFederation UniversityVIC
University of Canberra 3 Star RankingUniversity of CanberraACT
University of New England 3 Star RankingUniversity of New EnglandNSW
University of Notre Dame 3 Star RankingUniversity of Notre DameWA
University of Southern Queensland 3 Star RankingUniversity of Southern QueenslandQLD
University of the Sunshine Coast 3 Star RankingUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQLD

5 Star Ranking Methodology and Measurement

* 30% World Ranking & Reputation: - based on overall results from the various world ranking and reputation surveys. For more information check out the Australian World University Rankings

* 30% Research Excellence: - includes the importance of research in establishing ranking using the ERA results as a reference. For more information check out the Australian Research Excellence Rankings

* 20% Domestic Demand: - measures the local demand for university placements determined by Year 12 result cut-off scores for entry. For more information check out the ATAR Entry Score University Rankings

* 10% Student Survey Results: - analyses the student survey results to determine weightings over various fields for teaching quality, skills development, and overall satisfaction. For more inforrmation check out the example of the Australian Business Schools Survey Results

* 5% International Students: - measures how welcoming the university is to overseas students in terms of total numbers and percentage breakdown. For more information check out the International Student Numbers

* 5% Gender Inclusiveness: - evaluates how effectively the university has overcome historical problems with gender inclusiveness. For more information check out the Gender Balance Percentages

FAQ: I am studying at a 3 star university is that a bad thing?

A: Not at all, in fact any of the universities from 3 to 5 stars can be a perfect fit for students depending on their situation and objectives. The two features of research output and international reputation play a major role in determining the star rankings, but these features of a university might not be relevant to a student more focused on a vocationally oriented education or having some other study objective.

One of the many examples of this is ACU which does not have a high star ranking but has excellent programs in areas such as nursing and education that produce job-ready graduates fully equiped to take the first steps along their chosen career path. Another type of example is how some universities which don't have a high star ranking might still be highly regarded in certain areas, such as JCU's excellent international reputation in the marine and biological sciences and the high regard La Trobe is held in for its health sciences offering

Overall the star rankings only measure some particular variables which might be more focused on theory and research and so not have significant relevance to students who are more concerned about obtaining a specific qualification to prepare them for their future life.

FAQ: I am an international student is it okay for me to study at a 3 star university?

A: Of course it is okay for international students to study at any of the universities on the list whether they be 3 star or 5 star universities. All the universities are fully accredited by the Australian Government and checked every year to make sure they are maintaining appropriate standards. In fact in many cases a university with less stars might be more suitable for international students because they often put in an extra effort in supporting students from overseas.

It is also important to consider that the star ranking is based on a number of different features including research output and domestic demand. These features don't impact on international students so much and instead overseas students should consider elements which will impact on them directly including international student support services covering both academic and general living issues geared towards a timely and successful graduation. Along with this there can be considerable savings in tuition fees from studying at one university rather than another. You can take a look at the international student tuition fees page to get an idea of the savings which can be obtained, savings which could be spent on completing another degree or on some other productive venture.

The focus for overseas students must be on finding a safe and supportive study environment where they can develop as students and as people. Many of the universities with less stars are perfect for international students to achieve this goal.

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