The top universities in Melbourne and Victoria for 2022


The wide range of higher education providers in Melbourne means that undergraduate degrees are available in just about every field and specialisation — from finance and medicine to animation and the arts.  

Regional Victoria is traditionally known for its course offerings in agriculture, forestry and education, although students still have access to most of the study fields on offer at metropolitan campuses, from arts to engineering, law and medicine. Some providers and campuses offer the opportunity to access fields of study not readily available in metropolitan areas, like outdoor education or health courses with a regional focus.  

There is no one university that is best for all students, since different things matter to different people. The Good Universities Guide ratings provide a series of insights on Australian universities, helping those in the process of deciding where to study. 

Courses and institutions differ in many ways and only the student can decide which differences really matter to them. Check out the ratings for Victorian universities and filter by study level (undergraduate or postgraduate). Some ratings are also available to filter further by field of study.  

In the tables below, we’ve listed the university that ranked highest in each rating category for Victoria in the 2022 edition of The Good Universities Guide ratings. 


Rating Type DefinitionTop university (undergraduate)
Social Equity  The proportion of domestic students enrolling at each university from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds CQ University Australia – 39%  
Staff Qualification 
The proportion of staff who hold a masters or doctoral degree  University of Wollongong — 88% 
Student Demand 
Where high-achieving students choose to study — compares the proportion of commencing students with high ATAR scores at each university 
The University of Melbourne— Low: 0 Medium: 0.45High: 0.55 
Student – Teacher Ratio
The number of students per teaching staff member 
Swinburne University— 19:1 
First Generation 
The proportion of domestic students commencing a bachelor degree whose parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12 
Federation University — 55% 

The Student Experience 

Rating Type Definition

Top university (undergraduate)

Top university (postgraduate)
Learner Engagement The proportion of students who felt they were engaged with learning in their institutionVictoria University — 64.3%   Torrens University — 60.7%
Learning Resources The proportion of students who were satisfied with the learning resources provided by their institution Deakin University — 85.9%  Deakin University — 83.1%  
Overall ExperienceThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience Deakin University — 77.4%  Southern Cross University — 77.7% 
Skills Development The proportion of students who were satisfied with the skill development they experienced through their studies The University of Notre Dame Australia — 89% The University of Notre Dame Australia — 85.9% 
Student Support The proportion of students who were satisfied with the support they received from their institution Edith Cowan University (ECU) — 81.3% Murdoch University — 81.5% 
Teaching Quality The proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experiencedThe University of Notre Dame Australia — 86.9% Murdoch University— 85.5% 

Graduate Outcomes

Rating Type DefinitionTop university (undergraduate)Top university 
Graduate Salary
The median salary of graduates from different universities CQUniversity —$67,800   Southern Cross University —$103,000 
Full-time Employment 
The employment rates of graduates from different universities Charles Sturt University — 86.3% 

Australian Catholic University (ACU) — 91.8%  

Head to the Ratings tab to view our most recent ratings across all categories, and filter by subject, level of study or state to find the university that suits best.  

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