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Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

Top reasons to study here

  • Our mission and values form the core of who we are as a Catholic organisation.
  • We’re a young university focused on embedding excellence.
  • We’re letting our strengths shine, and we’re just getting started.


Australian Catholic University (ACU) was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia:

  • Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales
  • Institute of Catholic Education in Victoria
  • McAuley College of Queensland
  • Signadou College of Education in the Australian Capital Territory.


Study isn't just about learning. It's also about contributing to a greater purpose. Crafting a meaningful career. Making an impact, for good.

Our courses will equip you to make today's ambitions tomorrow's reality. All you need to do is bring your curiosity, your desire to make an impact, and your past experiences. We'll supply the strong industry ties, a focus on practical learning, and a commitment to helping you develop as a whole person.


At ACU, our research and enterprise activities embrace the full life cycle of research, from knowledge creation to its translation and application towards real world outcomes that provide social, cultural and economic benefit.


As a careers advisor, you hold futures in your hands. We want to help you guide your students into the best future for them – so here you’ll find all of the information you need about our courses, admission pathways and more.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Studying is rewarding and worthwhile, but sometimes you may need help. Our student services can help you navigate your way through some of the more challenging parts of uni life. 

Student services

  • Academic skills development
  • Campus ministry
  • Career development
  • Connect2Uni
  • Distribution of SSAF funds
  • Counselling
  • Disability support
  • Medical centres
  • International student services
  • Student advocacy
  • Student safety
  • Student Veterans Support Program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Housing services

  • Our Residential Life Program engages students from a range of backgrounds, with equally diverse aspirations and support needs. So no matter your experience or interests, you won’t be left out.

  • Getting involved is the best way to make friends and have a great time. We offer a comprehensive program of events to enhance your experience, including Pilates, self-defence classes, pizza parties, academic skills sessions, day trips, movie nights, cultural evenings and many more.
  • Of course we’d love you to participate as much as you can, but there is no pressure or obligation. You can get involved in as much, or as little, as you’d like.

Library services

One of your greatest assets in your quest for scholarly success is getting to know your library. Whether you’re browsing our online databases on a laptop at home or searching the stacks for that book you need, our campus libraries are powerful tools for teaching, learning and research.

Medical services

ACU has three on-campus medical centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney. They offer comprehensive, high-quality healthcare services to ACU students, staff and the local community.

Key services

  • General medicine
  • Drug and alcohol-related issues
  • Immunisations
  • Men's health
  • Referrals
  • Sexual health
  • Skin checks

Campus life

Across our campuses, you’ll find public art galleries exhibiting student work, moot courts where our law students hone their arguments and prepare for international competitions, and health science simulation labs where students get a full range of experiences before they go on placements.

Sports facilities

  • We have state of the art gyms on two of our campuses and run a range of fitness classes on every campus. 
  • Located on the Lower Ground of the Mary Glowery Building, our newly refurbished facility features a purpose built group fitness studio, functional training equipment, and cardio equipment.

Student clubs

Our student associations are the lifeblood of ACU Student Life. They are run for students, by students and ensure that your voice is heard at the highest levels of the university.

There are three types of student association at ACU:

  • ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA)
  • ACU Postgraduate Student Association (ACUPGA)
  • local campus associations.

Each of these groups has a particular role in supporting and representing our student bodies.


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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