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provides information about each state and territory and what
it's like to study there
includes profiles of every university and selected other
institutions offering undergraduate courses
gives an overview of each institution and its strengths and
shows how easy or tough it is to get into courses
rates every field of study offered by the institution according
to what graduates say
shows the success of graduates in gaining employment and
median graduate salaries.
How to use the tables
At the start of each state and territory section, you will find a table
that details the relative entry difficulty at each campus by field of
study. Each profile contains a series of tables, which describe
aspects of the institution and its courses and compare it with
others. Depending on the institution, the tables include:
‘How tough is it to get in?’
‘How the institution rates and compares’
‘Other ratings and comparisons’
‘The student body’
‘How the fields of study rate and compare’.
You will also find tables detailing courses and entry requirements
by campus for each institution.
The ratings explanations in Section 2 (page 45) will help you to
understand exactly what the tables mean and how all the ratings
they contain are determined.
The ‘How tough is it to get in?’ tables
These tables compare the relative entry difficulty of courses at
each university campus in the relevant state or territory. Note that
universities with campuses in multiple states can be found in the
multi-state section (page 405). An OP conversion is also
Calculations of toughness are based on the average 2016 cut-off
scores for non-combined courses offered at each campus by an
institution. The exceptions to this are the fields of architecture and
law, where many courses are combined. Cut-off scores are as
published by the tertiary admissions centres in January 2016 in
each state and territory. Remember that many institutions offer
more than one course in a field of study at the same campus, and
the entry scores can vary. Remember too that cut-off scores for
one year do not guarantee entry into a future year because
scores are subject to demand for available places. To check the
cut-off score for a particular course, refer to the institution profiles
in this section.
The ‘How the institution rates and compares’
You’ll see that for each university we show how it has rated
according to the tables in Section 2. The criteria for each of these
ratings is explained alongside the corresponding ratings in
The ‘Other ratings and comparisons’ table
The information here looks at the institution in terms of the
composition of the undergraduate student body. For ease of
comparison, where appropriate we provide both numbers and
All enrolment information is derived from the annual statistical
enrolment returns by FEE-HELP providers to the federal
Department of Education and Training and individual institutions,
and relates to the 2014 year.
The ‘Student body’ table
This table looks at the number of students (including international
students) enrolled in each field of study offered at the institution.
The ‘How the fields of study rate and compare’
This table compares the fields of study offered by the institution in
terms of student satisfaction and employment outcomes. For
more information about the criteria displayed in this table, see
Courses and entry requirements
This lists each course at each campus. A ‘course’ is a
combination of semester units or subjects leading to a recognised
qualification such as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
Information is supplied by institutions.
This shows how long the course will take to complete if you study
full time and pass all units.
Note that you can often complete a three-year course in two
years by doing an extra semester each year under a trimester
system. Some institutions only run trimester systems. Also keep
in mind that an honours degree can add a year of full-time study
and that some professions (such as law or accounting) require
more study or practical experience after you graduate.
Information is supplied by the institutions.
This shows which of the three main ways of studying are
available for each course: full time, part time or online.
‘Full time’ means you are studying 75 per cent or more of the
maximum number of units permitted per semester on campus.
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