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||Definition||Top 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 degree whose parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12 ||Federation University — 55% |
Top university (undergraduate)
|Top university (postgraduate)|
|Learner Engagement||The proportion of students who felt they were engaged with learning in their institution||Victoria 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 Experience||The 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 experienced||The University of Notre Dame Australia — 86.9%||Murdoch University— 85.5%|
|Rating Type||Definition||Top 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%|
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.