Australian University Rankings Guide

Bachelor Degree Completion Rates

Australian University Completion Rates

Completion rates track cohorts of students from the year they commenced their degree studies to their completion status six years later. The percentages indicate the ratio of students from each university who had completed their studies by the end of this six year period.

Bachelor Degree Completion Rates Australian Universities
Aus RankUniversity2010 2015 %(2009 2014 %)
1 University of Melbourne 87.7 88.0
2 University of Sydney 82.9 81.9
3 Australian National University 81.1 81.0
4 Monash University 79.8 79.3
5 University of New South Wales 79.6 78.1
6 University of Technology Sydney 76.7 77.1
7 University of Wollongong 75.2 76.7
8 Bond University 74.8 72.8
9 RMIT University 74.2 74.8
10 University of Western Australia 74.1 74.5
11 University of Notre Dame 73.8 75.2
12 University of Queensland 71.7 71.3
13 Deakin University 71.3 70.5
14 La Trobe University 70.9 69.5
15 Macquarie University 69.4 71.3
16 University of Adelaide 68.4 70.5
17= Australian Catholic University 68.3 69.5
17= Queensland University of Technology 68.3 69.3
19 Swinburne University of Technology 65.1 65.5
20 University of South Australia 64.4 65.8
Average 64.1 65.0
21 University of Newcastle 63.5 64.1
22 Curtin University 63.2 64.2
23 Griffith University 62.6 64.1
24 Flinders University 62.2 62.5
25 Western Sydney University 61.2 63.1
26 University of Tasmania 60.6 62.7
27 University of Canberra 59.2 65.5
28 Southern Cross University 55.6 52.5
29 University of the Sunshine Coast 55.3 53.2
30 Victoria University 54.7 57.4
31 Charles Sturt University 54.6 53.5
32 James Cook University 54.2 55.6
33 Edith Cowan University 53.5 55.4
34 Murdoch University 50.9 49.6
35 University of New England 47.2 49.0
36 CQUniversity 45.5 42.5
38 University of Southern Queensland 42.5 44.4
39 Charles Darwin University 41.2 41.8
40 Federation University 36.4 51.3

Key & Notes

* Percentages are the latest available as at November 2017

* 2010 2015 % refers to the percentage % of students who enrolled in a university Bachelor degree in 2010 and had completed their degree at the most 6 years later by the end of 2015

* 2009 2014 % refers to the percentage % of students who enrolled in a university Bachelor degree in 2009 and had completed their degree at the most 6 years later by the end of 2014

* University of Divinity is not included in this table nor are its completion rates included in the averages


From the table we can see that University of Melbourne had the highest completion rate with over 87% of students who commenced a degree in 2010 having completed that degree six years later by the end of 2015. On the other hand, Federation University had the lowest completion rate with only around 36% of students who enrolled in a degree in 2010 having completed that degree six years later by the end of 2015. This is a big drop for FedUni which had a completion rate of over 51% for the previous year's cohort, but FedUni, like other similar universities, has certain challenges with its retention rates due to its student demongraphic which the higher ranking city-based universities do not face. FedUni has introduced mentoring, tutoring, and counselling services to help address this issue.

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