Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

Top reasons to study here

  • As a Catholic university, we draw our inspiration from the “heart of the Church”, building on the ancient tradition.
  • A Catholic university offers a dialogue between faith and reason in which it is understood both must play an essential part.
  • Our mission-driven relational approach encourages a broad embrace of faith on all our campuses and its associated virtual environments

PhD Programmes

Humanities (2)
Business & Management (1)

About

History

Australian Catholic University (ACU) was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia:

  • Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales
  • Institute of Catholic Education in Victoria 
  • McAuley College of Queensland
  • Signadou College of Education in the Australian Capital Territory.

Education

Study isn't just about learning. It's also about contributing to a greater purpose. Crafting a meaningful career. Making an impact, for good.

Our courses will equip you to make today's ambitions tomorrow's reality. All you need to do is bring your curiosity, your desire to make an impact, and your past experiences. We'll supply the strong industry ties, a focus on practical learning, and a commitment to helping you develop as a whole person.

Research

At ACU, our research and enterprise activities embrace the full life cycle of research, from knowledge creation to its translation and application towards real world outcomes that provide social, cultural and economic benefit.

Career

As a careers advisor, you hold futures in your hands. We want to help you guide your students into the best future for them – so here you’ll find all of the information you need about our courses, admission pathways and more.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2023
251
2022
251
2021
251
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2023
416 63
2022
479 108
2021
587
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2022
501
2021
501
2020
501
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2023
801
2022
801
2021
801
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

As part of the Corporate Services portfolio, the Student Support Services Directorate provides:

  • activities and events for students to engage in university life;
  • opportunities for the development of student leadership;
  • help for students who are experiencing challenges and/or require support to engage with their studies – including counselling support, and access and disability services;
  • support for students who have experienced sexual harm or other inappropriate behaviour; and
  • careers and employability support to develop graduate attributes so that students become career-ready professionals.

Housing services

  • Our Residential Life Program engages students from a range of backgrounds, with equally diverse aspirations and support needs. So no matter your experience or interests, you won’t be left out.

  • Getting involved is the best way to make friends and have a great time. We offer a comprehensive program of events to enhance your experience, including Pilates, self-defence classes, pizza parties, academic skills sessions, day trips, movie nights, cultural evenings and many more.
  • Of course we’d love you to participate as much as you can, but there is no pressure or obligation. You can get involved in as much, or as little, as you’d like.

Library services

One of your greatest assets in your quest for scholarly success is getting to know your library. Whether you’re browsing our online databases on a laptop at home or searching the stacks for that book you need, our campus libraries are powerful tools for teaching, learning and research.

Medical services

ACU has two on-campus medical centres in Brisbane and Melbourne. They offer comprehensive, high-quality healthcare services to ACU students, staff and the local community.

Key services

  • General medicine
  • Drug and alcohol-related issues
  • Immunisations
  • Men's health
  • Referrals
  • Sexual health
  • Skin checks

Student Life

Campus life

Across our campuses, you’ll find public art galleries exhibiting student work, moot courts where our law students hone their arguments and prepare for international competitions, and health science simulation labs where students get a full range of experiences before they go on placements.Plus you'll find many more facilities designed to make your campus life as fulfilling as possible.

Sports facilities

  • We have state of the art gyms on two of our campuses and run a range of fitness classes on every campus. 
  • Located on the Lower Ground of the Mary Glowery Building, our newly refurbished facility features a purpose built group fitness studio, functional training equipment, and cardio equipment.

Student clubs

Our student associations are the lifeblood of ACU Student Life. They are run for students, by students and ensure that your voice is heard at the highest levels of the university.

There are three types of student association at ACU:

  • ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA)
  • ACU Postgraduate Student Association (ACUPGA)
  • local campus associations.

Each of these groups has a particular role in supporting and representing our student bodies.

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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