A 2019 report concluded that independent rankings are an important factor for students when deciding on a university, and prospective students will often associate good university rankings with quality education.
The Good Universities Guide is Australia's most trusted resource on higher education. For over 20 years, it’s been a point of reference for students wanting to make well-informed choices when it comes to the right course, the right provider and ultimately the right career for them. With the release of the 2020 edition of annual Guide comes a fresh batch of ratings, which provide independent five-star ratings across 14 relevant categories.
The newly released rankings are created using government resources, student and graduate experience surveys. The ratings are divided into three broad categories: The Student Experience, Graduate Outcomes and Characteristics.
These rankings are a starting point that can be used to gain comparative insights into the varying strengths and characteristics of each institution. For example, some will prioritise courses with a higher expected graduate salary, whereas others are more concerned with the student support on offer at the university. Many students have shared that they are more likely to select a university that has employer links with their industry.
If you’re working with a student who is the first in their family to pursue further study, the First-Generation rating category highlights the proportion of domestic students at a university whose parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12.
The table below gives an overview of this year’s Good Universities Guide ratings, along with the top performer in each category.
credit: The Good Universities Guide 2020