Here is a comparison list of Australia's 40 universities in alphabetical order. The list has a concise description of each university as a place to study, allowing you to quickly compare universities. The short descriptions link to more detailed profiles.
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Adelaide Uni is the most prestigious university in South Australia. It has 25,263 students, with 6,811 (27%) from overseas.
Adelaide Uni is one of Australia's top universities for student outcomes, with graduates paid high starting salaries and many going on to further study.
ACU has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. It teaches 23,399 students, including 2,970 international students.
ACU is is open to all students regardless of religious belief. Teaching and nursing are listed among its most popular courses.
ANU is a prestigious university located in Canberra, Australia's capital city. It instructs 19,847 students, with 5,313 (27%) from abroad.
ANU has an international reputation for research. It consistently ranks as Australia's first or second best university in world rankings.
Bond is a private university on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It teaches 5,631 students, with a third (1,854) from overseas.
Bond is unusual in that it follows a North American three-semester calendar, with classes starting in January, May and September.
UCan is a teaching focused university in Australia's capital city. It instructs 15,462 students, including 3,860 international students.
UCan gained university status in 1990, having been first established as the Canberra College of Advanced Education in 1967.
CDU is the only university in the sparsely populated Northern Territory. It has 8,500 students, with 1,008 from abroad. Most local students study online.
As well as offering degrees, CDU provides vocational training. It has training centres and other facilities spread across regional settlements.
CSU is a regional university spread across NSW, Victoria and the ACT. It has 36,873 students, including 22,184 distance education students.
As well as delivering many courses online, CSU services several regional centres - including Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.
CQU is based in Rockhampton but has nearly a dozen Queensland and Australian campuses. More than half of its 16,893 students are distance learners.
CQU has a high proportion of international students in on-campus classes, with 5,282 students from overseas out of a total of 8,730.
Curtin is a large university based in Perth, Western Australia. It has 45,583 students, including 16,403 (36%) from overseas.
Curtin's foreign student intake has been boosted by research and education relationships formed with Asian partners, especially Chinese institutions.
Deakin is a Victorian university with facilities in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. It has 42,218 students, with 7,622 from abroad.
The institution has a strong reputation for teaching. As well as traditional university instruction, it has large online and vocational programs.
Divinity Uni is a multi-denomination Christian university in Melbourne. It has 1,449 students, including 119 from overseas.
The university was formed in 2012 by bringing together several religious training colleges under a single administration.
ECU is a Perth-based university formed by the amalgamation of teachers' colleges. Of its 25,652 students, 4,764 are from overseas.
The main ECU campus is in the northern suburbs but there are also inner-city and Bunbury campuses.
FedUni is based in the regional city of Ballarat a little over 100 km from Melbourne. It has 11,947 students, with almost half (5,737) from abroad.
FedUni is a dual-sector education institution. As well as teaching university students, it delivers many vocational (TAFE) courses.
Flinders is a single-campus university in Adelaide's southern suburbs. 20,646 people study at Flinders, including 3,692 international students.
It is one of the cheapest universities to attend in Australia because of its suburban positioning in Australia's most affordable large city.
Griffith is multi-campus university based in and around Brisbane and the Gold Coast in Queensland. It has 40,738 students, with 9,356 from abroad.
Griffith's five campuses are mostly set harmoniously within a bushland environment. The Gold Coast campus has grown to be the largest.
JCU is a northern Queensland university that researches topics linked to marine and tropical ecosystems. It has 19,955 students, with 5,669 from overseas.
JCU's main campuses are in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore. It also has study centres, research facilities and field stations across northern Queensland.
La Trobe is multi-campus university in Victoria. It has an enrolment of 33,321 people, including 7,974 international students.
La Trobe is based in Bundoora, a suburb 16 km from Melbourne's CBD. Other large campuses are in Bendigo and Albury-Wondonga.
Macquarie is a suburban Sydney university with a comparatively high international student intake. It has 37,848 students, with 10,947 from abroad.
Macquarie has a strong global research reputation and is particularly active at building relationships with overseas partners.
Melbourne Uni is Australia's biggest university in research terms. It has 48,482 students, with just over a quarter (12,424) from abroad.
Melbourne Uni is regarded as one of Australia's most prestigious universities. Its main campus is just north of the Melbourne CBD.
Monash is Australia's largest university and has five Melbourne campuses. It has 62,567 students, including 21,953 foreign students.
Monash Uni's huge appeal with international students is partly due to its international research reputation and high course ratings.
Murdoch is based at a rural property in suburban Perth. It instructs 22,237 students, with 8,567 (39%) from overseas.
Murdoch is mainly an undergraduate teaching university. 82% of students are studying for their first degree.
UNE is a regional, online university based in the inland city of Armidale (NSW). It has 19,371 university students, with 1,380 from outside Australia.
UNE has 4,438 students who physically attend classes. Most stay at residential colleges at UNE's various Armidale campuses.
UNSW is one of Australia's top ranking universities for research. It has 49,289 students, with a quarter (12,363) from overseas.
UNSW is located at Kensington, an inner-city suburb 7 km from Sydney's CBD. Its course entry standards are high, as are graduate salaries.
Newcastle Uni is in Newcastle, a city of some 540,000 people located 162 km north of Sydney. The university has 31,750 students, with 5,658 from abroad.
Newcastle Uni is based at a bushland campus 12 km north of the CBD. Other campuses are in Sydney, Singapore and along the NSW coast.
Notre Dame is a private multi-campus university based in Fremantle, a small city within the greater Perth area. It has 9,338 students.
Notre Dame has historical and collegial connections with its American namesake but is independent.
UQ is a prestigious university set alongside the Brisbane River close to the Brisbane CBD. It has 45,864 students, with 10,839 from abroad.
UQ achieves high world rankings based on academic research. It has eight research institutes and has achieved notable medical advancements.
QUT is a Brisbane-based university that focuses on technological research. It has 43,383 students, including 6,988 from overseas.
QUT has two inner city Brisbane campuses and one 45 km north of Brisbane. It instructs 29,340 Australian undergraduate students (2nd highest nationally).
RMIT is a Melbourne metropolitan university. It has the highest number of international students nationally, with 26,481 of 54,692 students from abroad.
RMIT is an applied teaching institute. It is spread across Melbourne's city centre and also has facilities in the suburbs.
UniSA is an Adelaide-based university with metropolitan, suburban and regional facilities. It has 32,048 students, with 8,559 (26%) from abroad.
UniSA has a fairly balanced curriculum but with a focus on applied and technical subjects. It achieves high course ratings from graduates.
SCU is a regional university with campuses between Sydney and Brisbane. It has 13,919 students, including 5,096 distance learners.
SCU is based in the small inland city of Lismore. Other campuses are in Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads/Gold Coast.
USQ is a mostly online university based west of Brisbane in Toowoomba. It has 24,363 students, of which 6,660 study at USQ's three campuses.
USQ performs well in terms of student outcomes, with high employment rates and good salaries for graduates shortly after course completion.
USC is a small university backing on to a national park. It has 8,261 students, with 678 from overseas.
USC courses and teaching are rated highly by graduates. The young university (which started in 1996) offers popular types of degrees.
Swinburne is a higher education and training institution based in Melbourne. It has 26,900 university students, including 9,264 from abroad.
The university courses of Swinburne are mainly run at its Hawthorn campus, 8km from Melbourne's CBD. It also has a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Sydney Uni is one of Australia's most prestigious universities. It instructs 49,920 students on campus, including 10,571 international students.
Sydney Uni is Australia's oldest university and is spread across two suburbs in a prime part of the inner city.
UTas is the only university in the island state of Tasmania. It has 24,820 students, of whom 5,391 (22%) are international students.
UTas has a broad range of courses, both common and specialised. It is based in Hobart but also has a strong presence in Launceston.
UTS is a metropolitan Sydney university with a strong research record. It has 35,225 students, including 8,958 international students.
UTS was formed in 1981 by the merging of several inner-city education institutions. Business and Engineering are two of its biggest faculties.
Vic Uni is a Melbourne dual-sector institution that delivers vocational training and university courses in roughly equal measure.
Vic Uni has 24,869 university students, with 7,325 from abroad. Teaching is spread across nine campuses in Melbourne's western suburbs and CBD.
UWA is Perth's most prestigious universities and one of the top rated in the country. It has 25,008 students, with 5,423 from abroad.
UWA students enjoy excellent graduate outcomes compared to other unis, with many going on to further study and a high median salary for the others.
UWS is a multi-campus university serving Sydney's expanding western suburbs. It has 39,569 students, with 4,116 from abroad.
The university is spread across several sites and occupies a large land area in total. Each campus is partly or wholly specialised in terms of courses.
UOW is a highly rated university in the coastal city of Wollongong. It has 27,812 higher education students, including 10,640 international students.
UOW is economically and culturally important to Wollongong. The city is part of a long stretch of beaches and coastal settlements south of Sydney.