The top universities in Western Australia for 2022


As Australia's largest state, it's not surprising that Western Australia offers students the best of both worlds: a great lifestyle and a range of study options. 

While most uni campuses are clustered around Perth and Fremantle, those in Kalgoorlie in WA’s Goldfields and Broome on the north-west coast are quite possibly the farthest flung in Australia.  

Undergraduate degrees are available across a broad range of subject areas: ecotourism, veterinary science, psychology, finance, journalism, law, health science and performing arts, to name just a few. 

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 WA 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 WA 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 CQUniversity Australia – 39% 
Staff Qualification 
The proportion of staff who hold a masters or doctoral degree  Curtin University — 80% 
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 Western Australia — Low: 0 Medium: 0.6 High: 0.4
Student – Teacher Ratio
The number of students per teaching staff member 
Murdoch University— 18:1 
First Generation 
The proportion of domestic students commencing a bachelor degree whose parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12 
CQUniversity— 50% 

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 institutionThe University of Notre Dame Australia — 71%  The University of Western Australia — 63.7% 
Learning ResourcesThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the learning resources provided by their institution Edith Cowan University (ECU) — 87.8% Edith Cowan University (ECU) — 87.8% 
Overall ExperienceThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience The University of Notre Dame Australia — 82.4% The University of Notre Dame Australia — 78.7%
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  CQUniversity—$98,800 
Full-time employmentThe employment rates of graduates from different universities Curtin University — 80% 


The University of Notre Dame Australia— 94.1% 

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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