Why Choose CQUni

With a vast footprint spanning Australia's east to west coast and a digital one that's global, CQUniversity truly embodies our approach to education. We believe higher education should be for everyone – no matter your postcode or educational background. Our accessibility, flexibility, student support and wide range of TAFE and university courses offered online and on-campus help our students be what they want to be.

In just 25 years, we’ve achieved some amazing feats – we’ve been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on social innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes. We’re also regarded as one of the nation’s most inclusive and engaged universities, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

CQUniversity has ranked in the top 600 universities globally in the QS World University Rankings 2021, placing us in the top two per cent of universities and among some of the world's strongest research and teaching institutions.

CQUniversity joins 14 other young Australian universities ranked by QS in the top 100 institutions globally under 50 years of age.

We've been included in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject, including ranking:

  • 301–400 for Psychology
  • 301–400 for Education
  • 401–500 for Engineering and technology
  • 501–600 for Business and economics.

We’ve also been recognised for our research and teaching strengths in the fields of social sciences and clinical, pre-clinical and health.

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 recognise universities across the world for their social and economic impact based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CQUniversity is ranked 76th for our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 16 ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’, as well as notable scores in the six other SDG categories we participated in. Overall, our commitment to sustainability sees us ranked in the top 200 universities participating in these prestigious rankings.

Our commitment to engagement and social outreach has led to CQUniversity being recognised as Australia's first and only Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an exclusive global social innovation group, made up of around 40 other respected education institutions across the world. All member institutions collaborate with each other to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus‑wide culture of social innovation.

CQUniversity believes in making quality education, training and research available to everyone. We are ranked #1 in Australia for social equity by The Good Universities Guide 2021, meaning we welcome the highest proportion of domestic students from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Many first-in-family students choose CQUniversity for their studies, supported by our experienced teaching staff and support services. The Good Universities Guide 2021 awarded us a five-star rating for our first-generation student ratio, placing CQUniversity in the top 20 per cent nationally in this category.

CQUniversity students rate the support they receive highly, with ComparED data showing our undergraduate and postgraduate results are above national averages. This includes the support available to students around enrolment, study advice, health services and career guidance. ComparED results also show the majority of CQUni students positively rate our teaching quality, facilities and learning resources, and overall student experience.

Benefit from the expertise and support of a university with over 40 years' experience delivering distance education. Over half of our Australian students choose to study with us online, receiving the same quality of education as on-campus students.

As an online student, you will have the flexibility to choose when and how you study, allowing you to balance study with your family, work and other commitments. Study with the confidence of having teaching staff experienced in online education, and enjoy the convenience of online library resources, recorded lectures and opportunities to connect with other students.

Survey results from The National Centre for Vocational Education Research show 94 per cent of CQUni TAFE graduates secure employment or enrol in further study. Of those in employment after graduating, 92 per cent said their training helped them secure at least one job-related benefit. Our practical training also sees nine in ten CQUni TAFE students recommend the training they completed.

CQUniversity continues to be recognised by The Good Universities Guide 2021 as one of the top five universities in Australia for undergraduate full-time employment and starting salary. Our excellent graduate outcomes have seen us receive five-star ratings in these categories year-on-year.

Current ComparED results show more CQUniversity graduates (79.5 per cent) secure full-time employment within four months of graduating than the national average (72.3 per cent), and these undergraduate alumni earn above the national average for starting salaries ($66 000 vs $61 000).

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 ranks CQUniversity as one of the top 500 universities globally. With more than 28 000 universities globally, this places us among the top two per cent for graduate employability. These rankings are based on graduate employment rates, employer-student connections, university-employer partnerships, alumni outcomes and a university's reputation among employers.

ComparED data shows CQUniversity postgraduate alumni experience positive career outcomes, earning 17 per cent more than the national average, with median salaries for full-time employees at $97 300 (national average $83 500) within four months of graduating. CQUniversity helps equip postgraduate students with the skills to advance their careers, with 84 per cent of students rating their skills development positively, compared to the national average of 80.9 per cent.

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 ranks CQUniversity as one of the top 500 universities globally. With more than 28 000 universities globally, this places us among the top two per cent for graduate employability. These rankings are based on graduate employment rates, employer-student connections, university-employer partnerships, alumni outcomes and a university's reputation among employers.

The Good Universities Guide 2021 has awarded CQUniversity five-star ratings for postgraduate starting salary and skills development. Five-star ratings place CQUniversity in the top 20 per cent nationally in these categories. We are also ranked one of the top 10 Australian universities for postgraduate full-time employment rates.

At CQUniversity our focus on practical, applied research sees us being recognised as conducting research that is at, above or well above world standard in an impressive 22 categories in the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results, published by the Australian Research Council.

Our commitment to delivering research that has real impacts on our communities and local industries means research is done differently at CQUniversity. We answer challenges, develop constructive solutions and identify new opportunities in a wide range of disciplines and fields.

Our success in several categories of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 acknowledges the quality of CQUni research in areas aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

CQUniversity is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive experience to all students. In the recent International Student Barometer (ISB) results, 94 per cent of international students reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their arrival experience. We are pleased to also achieve 90 per cent or higher for our support services, learning experiences and living experiences.

In the latest English Language Barometer (ELB) results, CQUniversity is ranked first of over 30 other English language centres throughout Australia for making students feel welcome. In addition to this, we placed in the top ten for learning, living, support and arrival categories.

International students enrich our student community, and we're proud to be ranked in the top 10 Australian universities for international student ratio in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Find out more about studying at CQUniversity as an international student.

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Commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

At CQUniversity, we are committed to the sustainability of our communities socially, environmentally and economically. We produce new knowledge and global leaders who deliver innovative, solutions-focused outcomes and drive change to address real-world challenges. Our practices and our culture are underpinned by our commitment to the seventeen United Nations SDGs. Explore our practices, initiatives and activities that align with the themes of the SDGs and how we are working towards the creation of a better tomorrow.


You can study online and on campus as well as between different campuses. I really liked the flexibility I had with that. Alongside the world-class lecturers we have on offer, it really influenced my decision.

George Hannaford

Master of Clinical Chiropractic

My Dad was everyone's favourite teacher and I feel like I want to be that person. It’s really inspiring getting to see how you impact just one child. I can’t wait to teach here and overseas.

Sarah Reiman

Bachelor of Education (Primary)


It was my chance to do something that I really wanted to do, not something my teachers told me to do or what society was telling me to do – but to follow my passion.

Leigh Stitz

Bachelor of Science (Honours), PhD