Australian Catholic University (ACU)

At ACU we pride ourselves on offering a welcoming environment for everyone. At the same time, we are a university committed to standing for something clear. We are the university for people who look beneath the surface, and are stronger than external expectations and superficial measures of success. We stand up for people in need and causes that matter.

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

Adelaide (St Francis) 116 George Street THEBARTON SA 5031
Ballarat (Aquinas) 1200 Mair Street BALLARAT VIC 3350
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) 1100 Nudgee Road BANYO QLD 4014
Canberra (Signadou) 223 Antill Street WATSON ACT 2602
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 115 Victoria Parade FITZROY VIC 3065
North Sydney (MacKillop) 40 Edward Street NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 25A Barker Road STRATHFIELD NSW 2135

2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Scholarships

The scholarships listed below have been sourced from Australian Catholic University (ACU) for 2017.
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Description ACU Academic Excellence Scholarships recognise and reward high achieving undergraduate students across all faculties.
Eligibility Applicants must: be domestic students; be enrolled full-time in an ACU undergraduate degree (including Honours); have completed at least 80 credit points within any ACU undergraduate degree; and have a cumulative GPA of 6.0 on the ACU seven point scale, across all ACU undergraduate studies.
Annual amount $5,000
Application closing date End January
Support types Scholarship,
Level of study Undergraduate,
Gender Co-Ed
Frequency of offer Annual
Length of support 1 years
Field of study
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Architecture
  • Psychology
  • Built Environment
  • Business & Management
  • Communications
  • Computing & Information Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Dental Studies
  • Economics
  • Education & Training
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food & Hospitality
  • General Education & Employment Skills
  • Health Services & Support
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Language & Literature
  • Law
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Personal Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sport, Leisure & Recreation
  • Surveying
  • Tourism
  • Veterinary Studies & Animal Care
  • Welfare & Community Services
  • ELICOS course

2018 Australian Catholic University Ratings and Rankings

These ratings for Australian Catholic University were published in The Good Universities Guide 2018. Data is sourced from graduates four months post-graduation and other public sources.

Top 20% in AUS

Outside top 20% in AUS

Hover over our tooltip to see the Highest and Lowest percentage score universities in Australia have achieved for your rating type.

Rating Types University Ratings Field of Study Ratings
Social Equity 12.00%
Staff Qualification 83.00%
Student Demand
L: 55% M: 40% H: 5%
Student Retention Less than 1%
Student:Teacher Ratio 26:1
Learner Engagement 67.50%
Learning Resources 87.20%
Overall Experience 82.70%
Skills Development 84.80%
Student Support 75.10%
Teaching Quality 83.20%
Full-Time Employment 73.00%
Starting Salary $57,000

Name: Abdul Malek Kazimi

Course: Bachelor of Laws

“I’m enjoying learning about the law. I find it fascinating, but it’s also very challenging. As a second year student, I went to Geneva for an internship with the UN. The Human Rights Council was in session while I was there, and I got to sit in on sessions and live debates. I worked with an NGO, and learnt a lot about the United Nations and what it does.

I received an early offer to ACU through the Early Achievers’ Program, which takes into account regular volunteer work in your community. I’ve enjoyed my time at ACU. The staff are engaging and supportive, and you feel like part of the university.”

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