We’re proud of our outstanding reputation for excellence

For over 160 years, we’ve made distinctive contributions to society and attracted the brightest students and researchers – bringing together the world's best minds to solve globally significant problems.


  • # 1 in Australia
  • # 34 in the world
  • # 8 in graduate employability worldwide

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023/QS Graduate Employability 2022

Independent world rankings place us as number one in Australia and among the leading universities internationally – number 34 (THE) and number 35 (ARWU).

In Australia, our research expenditure is second only to that of the CSIRO. With over 100 research centres and institutes, we bring together expertise from across the University and connect with thought leaders around the world to tackle society’s complex problems in innovative ways.

QS World University Rankings place us in the top 20 internationally in 14 subject areas.

Our world rankings in detail

By the numbers

54 000+


51% undergraduate 49% graduate (equivalent full-time student load - EFTSL)

430 000+

living alumni


international students

from 150 nationalities



undertook an international experience



research income


ranking worldwide
for graduate employability

(QS Graduate Employability 2021)


of undergraduates in work

after 3 - 5 years (Career Outcomes survey 2017)


of graduates in work

after 3 - 5 years (Career Outcomes survey 2017)

2 out of 5

Graduates volunteer

(Career Outcomes survey 2017)


highly-cited researchers

in Australia (2019)


student internship partners


of graduates developed
analytical problem-solving skills
(Career Outcomes survey 2017)

as at October 2020, unless otherwise noted.

University and program rankings in detail

We’re proud to be consistently ranked as a leading university around the world for research and teaching.

Independently published global and program rankingsAustralia rankingWorld ranking
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022134
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021132
QS World University Rankings 2022233
QS World University Rankings (by subject) 2022
Accounting and Finance221
Arts and Humanities116
Business and Management 134
Development studies113
Economics and Econometrics 234
Life sciences and medicine 117
Social policy and administration 112
Social sciences and management 115
Sports related subjects 410
Additional rankings  
Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2021146
US News Best Global Universities 2021125