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 more than 300 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 the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

CQUniversity ranks among the world's top 600 universities according to the prestigious and trusted Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings (2019). With more than 26 000 universities across the globe, this places CQUniversity among the top two per cent of universities worldwide. Along with this, CQUniversity has been recognised in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings (2018), ranking in the top 150 institutions under 50 years of age, is also placed 95th out of over 200 universities in The Times Higher Education’s Asia-Pacific University Ranking (2018). The 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings recognise universities across the world for their social and economic impact (based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals) and CQUniversity ranked 80 for Quality Education among other notable Sustainable Development goal scores.

The Good Universities Guide provides independent five-star performance ratings for every university in Australia, based on student-relevant criteria. CQUniversity was awarded five-star ratings by The Good Universities Guide 2019 for its ratio of first-generation students, full-time employment, overall experience, social equity, starting salary and teaching quality, placing us in the top 20 per cent of Universities in Australia in these categories.

Current Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show that CQUniversity has some of the best graduate outcomes in Australia when it comes to important measures such as full-time domestic undergraduate employment and median salaries. Specifically, more (79.9%) CQUniversity graduates secure full-time employment within three months of graduating than the national average (71.9). Current QILT data also shows that CQUniversity outperforms the national average on undergraduate alumni starting salaries ($64 000 vs $60 000) and student satisfaction (76.1% vs 72.2%). CQUniversity also outperforms the sector for postgraduate student outcomes such as salary, employment, skills and support, according to QILT.

In 2016, CQUniversity's commitment to engagement 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 only 37 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

The 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results (State of Australian University Research 2018–19: ERA National Report) showed CQUniversity is conducting research rated as at, above, or well above world standard in 22 research categories:

CQUniversity is conducting research rated 'well above world standard' in:

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Horticultural Production
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychological and Cognitive Science

Other Psychology and Cognitive Services

CQUniversity is conducting research rated 'above world standard' in:

  • Agriculture and Vet Sciences
  • Agricultural, Land and Farm Management
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Psychology
  • CQUniversity is conducting research rated 'at world standard' in:
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Biological Sciences
  • Zoology
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Medical & Health Sciences
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Specialist Studies in Education

The ERA initiative is developed and managed by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as a major funder of public sector research. It assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally recognised experts.

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