01University of Wollongong90%85%
02University of New England88%83%
03Bond University87%90%
04University of the Sunshine Coast87%88%
05Deakin University87%82%
06Monash University86%81%
07Swinburne University of Technology86%78%
08Edith Cowan University86%84%
09Australian National University86%80%
10University of South Australia85%79%
11Griffith University85%83%
12University of Western Sydney85%76%
13Queensland University of Technology84%82%
14James Cook University84%79%
15University of Adelaide84%79%
16University of Melbourne84%82%
17University of Queensland83%81%
18University of Newcastle83%82%
19Macquarie University83%80%
20Flinders University83%80%
21Charles Darwin University82%76%
22Federation University Australia82%82%
23Murdoch University82%82%
24University of New South Wales81%78%
25University of Technology, Sydney81%78%
26University of Southern Queensland81%80%
27La Trobe University81%78%
28Central Queensland University81%77%
29University of Tasmania81%76%
30University of Western Australia80%75%
31University of Canberra80%79%
32Curtin University80%79%
33Australian Catholic University80%81%
34Southern Cross University79%78%
35University of Sydney79%77%
36RMIT University78%77%
37Charles Sturt University77%77%
38Victoria University73%74%
n/aUniversity of Divinity*92%86%
n/aUniversity of Notre Dame^88%89%

Updated: 5 October 2015


  • Course Experience Questionnaire (2013-2014)
  • University Experience Survey (2013-2014)


* Only open to students learning Christian ministry and theology (religious training colleges)
^ Private university for students with Roman Catholic beliefs

University Ratings Measures

Graduate Satisfaction %

Proportion of recent graduates who, overall, are satisfied with their course (survey estimate).

  • The survey is done some months after students graduate.
  • Graduates can look back on their whole study and job-search experience.

Student Satisfaction %

Proportion of current university students who, overall, are satisfied with their educational experience (survey estimate).

  • Current students tend to focus on teaching quality and student services.

Australia’s Top Unis for Students

Happy Australian university students.The stats on student satisfaction don’t lie. For the best unis, 85 – 90 % of graduates are happy with their course experience. That shows the university is doing a generally good job.

1. University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong always does well on measures of teaching quality. It is Australia’s number 1 public university for graduate satisfaction. For those who don’t know about it, UOW is on the east coast about 80 km south of Sydney.

2. University of New England

UNE is mainly an online university, though thousands of students also attend on-campus classes in Armidale.

3. Bond University

Bond University is a private university. Students can live on the Gold Coast (a popular tourist destination) and enjoy excellent services. As well as being top 3 for graduate satisfaction, Bond has the highest satisfaction rate for current students.

4. University of the Sunshine Coast

USC is a relatively new and small university situated near bushland in the Sunshine Coast region. Obviously, it is doing something right.

5. Deakin University

Deakin is a large university that is able to achieve high students ratings despite its size. It has campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and regional Victoria.