Australian National University is a leading research university based in Canberra, Australia's capital city.

Students: 22,388 (6,100 international, 52% female)

ATAR entry: 80 (minimum for most courses)

About ANU

The Australian National University (ANU) is a highly regarded research institution that provides an excellent environment for learning.

ANU was a core component of the original plans for building Canberra. It has been developed into a convenient, aesthetically pleasing university that is ideally suited to research and education.

ANU has used its intrinsic advantages, including "national university" status, to develop strong research institutions with highly credentialed staff. It is recognised as a top-shelf research university, globally as well as nationally. The university's atmosphere and depth of scholarly knowledge translates into an excellent learning environment for students.

Close to half the university's students are pursuing higher-level degrees. Undergraduate and postgraduate students alike benefit from being instructed by academics who balance teaching with world-class research. ANU is consistently ranked among Australia's best research universities.

Student Life at ANU

Students of the ANU are encouraged to live a balanced lifestyle. While the university environment supports academic pursuits, the open spaces and frequent sunshine also favour outdoor recreational activities. There are also plenty of cultural and social events to keep university life interesting.

ANU's prime location gives students easy access to many of the best things that Canberra has to offer. These include several major festivals, such as Floriade (a flower festival) and the Multicultural Festival.

ANU is well positioned for students to enjoy the outdoors. On or near the campus, there are excellent cycling paths, gardens, parks, bushwalking and nature reserves. The ANU also has numerous sports clubs and facilities, including a large student gym near Union Court.

Although the city centre is the venue for most student activities such as shopping and going out, the campus can be lively as well. The ANU Bar regularly hosts major gigs and the Union Court has a diverse range of shops and other commercial outlets.