Updated: 8 October 2015

Components of Australian Uni Rankings

Australia’s universities are ranked for 2016 by adding scores out of 100 for each of 3 components. The top Australian university for a component scores 100 ranking points while the bottom university scores 0.

1. World Ranking (reputation)

World rankings of Australian universities are calculated by averaging the rankings produced by QS World University Rankings, the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, and Webometrics web publishing rankings.

World ranking is an indication of the reputation of a university. Rankings reflect the research profiles of universities in the international academic community.

For further detail, see world rankings.

2. Graduate Satisfaction (ratings)

Graduate satisfaction is an estimate of student satisfaction with the university. Graduates are surveyed some months after completing their studies and asked to rate how satisfied they are with their overall course experience.

For further detail, see student satisfaction ratings.

3. Adjusted Graduate Salary (results)

The adjusted graduate salary is a measure of how well students are doing in the job market some months after graduating.

An indicative graduate salary for the university is calculated based on observed graduate salaries, rates of unemployment, and the proportion of students who go on to further study. For details, see graduate salaries by university.

For the purpose of ranking Australian universities, an adjustment is made for student ability. For each university, a salary advantage/disadvantage dollar figure is calculated (based on ATAR entry requirements) and removed.

  • Universities setting high ATARs end up with higher ability students.
  • The observed salary effects of student ability are statistically filtered out.
  • By doing this, “graduate salary” better reflects the earnings consequence from a student deciding to attend a given university.