Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University, Stathfield campus in Sydney.

The Australian Catholic University is a multi-campus university, with facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. ACU is open to students from all religious (or non-religious) backgrounds. It specialises in non-technology fields such as education and health. If you have ever attended ACU, you're welcome to submit ratings and a review. This is a place for student reviews of the Australian Catholic University.

ACU Rating

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User Rating 2.71 (80 votes)
Comments Rating 1.73 (11 reviews)

Student Reviews

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  1. Shelly Tire
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    ACU is hopeless when it comes to organising pre placement requirements! they didn’t have enough places for mask fit tests so i had to drive an hour away. the Midwifery board is rude and does not care about their students and their wellbeing. Even the ACU medical centre said the faculty was unorganised.

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  2. Ben Dover
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    ACU being stinky

    Wow… do they even have staff that help with enrolment for their students? It doesn’t seem that way. Does nobody work there? They rarely ever respond to emails and if they do, it is ridiculously late. Disgusting. Because of the lack of assistance, a very close friend of mine and student at ACU was screwed over. She emailed them months ago and they have the audacity to only reply now AND turn the blame onto her? Wow.

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  3. Sue
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    THE WORST LAW FACULTY

    I was studying law and was achieving good grades and felt positive. It then started with one subject where I got a poor mark for an essay. I questioned it and the lecturer’s reason was that I had poor grammar even tho the legal analysis was ‘well engaged’. Other lecturers and tutors started started giving me bad marks even for participation which ended up completely f**king up my GPA. Everytime I questioned the lecturers, they started penalising me by deducting marks. I was really upset by this but they didn’t care, they just said get used to it. The Dean didn’t even bother to provide a formal response to my application to remark. I thought this won’t get any better and transferred to UTS. Should have transferred earlier.

  4. Katherine
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    This is the only uni that I have encountered that would ask you to show cause if you fail a practicum and I have family friends who had high stress levels who had faced that reality. Thankfully she passed. I think people are allowed to make mistakes and to try again. Most universities will not require you to do that unless you fail the subject twice. Don’t go there. I found Sydney university to be a lot better and other universities too.

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  5. Jimmy
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    Absolute Trash

    I studied at the ACU campus in Canberra. No support whatsoever for placements. They allocated me to somewhere far away without checking if I have a vehicle. I raised the issue to the staff and placement officer but they just turn the other cheek on me. Additionally, the materials presented were outdated, and the facilities are minimal to start with. I mean what uni has the main library closes on weekends, instead of reducing hours. Do you know that students may want to study even on weekends? Overall poor excuse of a university. Won’t recommend it at all, and certainly won’t want to go back there.

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  6. Soko
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    Worst Uni in whole of Australia

    Worst Uni in whole of Australia I think. The assistance provided by the University is very poor specially the administrative staff. They don’t even respond properly. For international student like me who was taking class online, the service was pathetic. Please donot choose this Uni even if it is your last choice.

  7. Kate
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    Should I study at ACU?

    I want to do a bachelor’s of Nursing at ACU because it’s close to home, is it worth it or should I look for another university?

  8. elyse
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    0/5

    Honestly wished I picked another uni. I’m currently studying a bachelor of nursing and in semester one of 2021 my mental health took a massive decline and I ended up failing two subjects. Instead of being offered any support all I got was a meeting with a course co-ordinator who said I need to do ONE subject for each semester of 2022, pushing my course back a year. For a catholic university it is unbelievable how little care they have for their students. After telling everyone I know that I’m on the final stretch of my degree, I now have another 2.5 years to go. I’m stuck and they won’t do anything for me. 0/5 if that was an option.

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  9. Felicity Bryder
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    Don't do Paramedicine here

    Awful course structure, unreliable staff (SINGULAR!!!), frustrating placement services who send you hours away without giving you the roster until the day before, no support, student society trying to pick up the pieces but don’t get paid for it. Feel like I haven’t learnt anything after 3 years. Run. Go to wsu or utas.

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    • Eselle
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      what!!! that actually sucks to hear Felicity. I’m currently a year 12 and I put paramedicine at the top of my course preferences but now i’m in doubt.

  10. Claire
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    Awful and unaccommodating

    Absolutely disgusting and disgraceful how this university conducts itself. I myself studied a bachelor of education and my sister is currently studying a bachelor of nursing. For both of us (studied at different campuses) we have found a disgraceful attitude from staff towards students with no concern and a consensus of “too bad, so sad” / “your problem not ours” whenever an issue arose. Majority of the time the issues were from their end which is even more frustrating that an apology and any form of help was never offered. For eg my sister submitted a finished assignment however due to a stuff up on their end they ended up discounting and disregarding that whole assignment and so all her time and effort was a waste of time. Considering the cost of each unit in addition to the fact it is a CATHOLIC University, you would think the staff would be more accommodating and appear as wanting to help you succeed instead of wanting you to fail. No display of Catholic values and attitudes whatsoever. Please do not waste your time or money on this uni. Would give 0 stars if I could.

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  11. Chlo
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    ACU is the worst uni I have ever been to (and I’ve been to a few). There is no support from the lecturers and marking has been so inconsistent it’s actually a joke. They will crush your dreams and don’t care either. Don’t even consider going here (I do speech pathology and I wish I lived close enough to go to La Trobe). I would rate 0 stars if I could.

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  12. JO-ANN GILMOUR
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    WHICH UNI FOR BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

    Has anyone studied Bachelor of Social Work at ACU?
    It would be great to know your thoughts – I am currently trying to find the best university to study Bachelor of Social Work

  13. James
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    Excellent

    I did physio in Brisbane and everything was fantastic. Small class sizes, good wet labs and clinics, excellent integrated clinical subjects , doctoral lecturers and multiple experienced tutors in every practice session. Final year ACU students got some of the best clinical placements and as a cohort we were disproportionately offered more hospital grad jobs than UQ, Griffith, CQU or JCU students. I did my first degree at UQ and had a much more underwhelming experience there, mostly due to the enormous class sizes.

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  14. Taho Tanoa
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    Don't even think about it!

    Enrol in this university as an absolute last resort if you can’t get into ANY other university in Australia. Unprofessional bottom-of-the-barrel lecturers who treat you like high school students. Left my course after 6 months – went to Sydney University (breath of fresh air). Unfortunately, they kept my government funding from my enrolment, but it was worth it. Couldn’t wait to get out of there.

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  15. CV
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    Hey guys, planing to take occupational therapy here, melbourne campus. Any feedback on the melbourne campus?

  16. Jill
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    HELP

    Hey guys, I’m planning to do Speech Pathology in ACU how is it? I’m choosing between La Trobe or ACU? opinions?

    • jasmine
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      Hi just wondering if you ended up going to ACU to do the speech pathology course?

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  17. Connor
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    Hey guys, looking into doing a nursing degree at the Canberra campus, was wondering if anyone had any prior experience or information they wanted to share? Thanks.

  18. Graham
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    Be very cautious if you are considering any online religious study at ACU. If you need to complete online study of RE to be qualified for teaching in a Catholic school I recommend you look elsewhere.

    The subjects delivered online are essentially “read this, respond to this and write an essay.” Very little teaching is done, instead you are given large amounts of content to read, most of which is difficult to understand and very abstract. The online lectures have little lecturing, instead students work in groups and basically guess the answers to questions while being confused together.

    If you have to complete RE certification for teaching, find another university that actually teaches you the content instead of just dishing out mountains of readings.

  19. Sam
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    Outdated lecturers?

  20. Anna
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    My experience at ACU North Sydney doing a nursing degree has been great. I’ve had really good hospitals for my clinicals and all the lecturers/tutors I’ve had I found to be of a high standard and helpful. The uni doesn’t have an extensive campus and so no gym or pool like some of the others so if that’s important to you you’ll be disappointed. I like the smaller classes though and you seem to get more individual attention if you need it.

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