Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a publicly funded university, open to students of all beliefs. We empower students to think critically and ethically, and gain the skills needed to bring about change in their communities, professions and industries.
There are currently more than 23,000 students enrolled at the University, including 3,100 international students from 84 different countries.
ACU was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia.
We have leading academics among our staff and research capabilities in a number of traditional, contemporary and emerging fields.
The Good Universities Guide (2012) awarded ACU five stars for Indigenous Participation, and four stars for Student Demand; Domestic Teaching Quality; Getting a Full-Time Job (graduate employment); and Student-Staff Ratio. Cultural Diversity and Access by Equity Groups were two other areas where ACU received high marks – with four and three stars respectively.
ACU’s six campuses are located in the state capital cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as the regional town of Ballarat and the national capital, Canberra.
At ACU, you are offered the flexibility to study at different campuses and in different states as you complete your degree. We have close connections with universities throughout the world and you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of overseas study exchange programs.
The University maintains close links to professional and industry partners and most of our students undertake practical work experience throughout their studies.
Life on our campuses is not just about study. Each campus has active student councils and clubs that organise social and sporting activities and events throughout the year.