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A Guide to the Best Universities in Australia (for U.S. students)

In the minds of Americans, any mention of Australia will likely conjure up associations with kangaroos, vegemite sandwiches, and quotes from Crocodile Dundee (even though they are unlikely to have ever actually watched the movie). But there is more to the Land Down Under than just cultural references. In fact, college bound students from the United States may wish to become familiar with the continent/country’s world class institutions of higher education like the University of Melbourne, Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. The following list will provide key information about Australia’s top colleges including: Full-time undergraduate enrollment, the percentage of international students, the number of U.S. undergraduate students, tuition, entry requirements, domestic and world rankings, as well as each school’s top academic programs.

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Updated August 2021

InstitutionFT Undergradate Enrollment% InternationalTuition $AUDEntry RequirementsEntry Requirements(Additional Info)Domestic RankingsWorld RankingsStrong Programs
University of Melbourne25,00048%$30,112-$206,128A minimum SAT score of 1250-1400 (depending on program) OR a minimum ACT composite score of 26-30 (depending on program); AND a cumulative GPA of 3.2 to 3.6 unweighted (depending on program).Click here#1 - AWRU#2 - QS#35 - AWRU#41 - QS#31 - Times Higher Education#25 - U.S. NewsArchitectureAnatomy and PhysiologyBusinessComputer ScienceEducationEngineeringPolitics and International Studies
University of Queensland28,27038%$34,208-$416,784A minimum SAT score of 1040-1460 (depending on program) OR a minimum ACT composite score of 23-34 (depending on program); AND at least two AP exams. AP results from 2-4 exams will be aggregated and weighed heavily in the evaluation process.Click here#2 - AWRU#5 - QS#54 - AWRU#46 - QS#62 - Times Higher Education#36 - U.S. NewsBiomedical ScienceEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceExercise and Sport SciencesHotel and Tourism ManagementPharmacyPsychology
Monash University39,41143%$25,000-$39,000Applicants with complete or incomplete overseas tertiary qualifications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.Click here#6-7 - AWRU#6 - QS#85 - AWRU#55 - QS#64 - Times Higher Education#48 - U.S. NewsAnatomy and PhsyiologyEngineeringNursingLawPharmacologyPerforming ArtsPhilosophy
University of Auckland23,82331%$32,280-$77,328A minimum SAT score of 1150-1450 (or ACT equivalent) depending on program/course and high school diploma "with above average grades."Click here#1 - AWRU#1 - QS#201-300 - AWRU#81 - QS#147 - Times Higher Education#125 - U.S. NewsBusinessEngineeringEnglishGeographyPerforming ArtsPharmacyPsycholgy
University of Otago15,51121%$27,156-$42,696High School Graduation Diploma with minimum B grade average and a minimum SAT score of 1190 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24.Click here#2 - AWRU#2 - QS#201-250 - AWRU#184 - QS#201-250 - Times Higher Education#226 - U.S. NewsAnatomy and PhysiologyClassicsEarth and Ocean ScienceExercise and Sport SciencePsychologyNursing
University of Sydney29,58043%$40,000-$50,000A minimum SAT score of 1170-1430 OR a minimum ACT composite score of 23-31 (depending on program/course) and high school diploma.Click here#4-5 - AWRU#3 - QS#74 - AWRU#40 - QS#51 - Times Higher Education#27 - U.S. NewsAnimal and Veterinary ScienceComputer ScienceArchitectureEngineeringExcersise and Sport ScienceLawMedia and Communications
Australian National University10,85247%$39,090-$48,860A minimum SAT score of 1170-1470 OR a minimum ACT composite score of 23-32 (depending on program/course) and high school diploma.Click here#3 - AWRU#1 - QS#67 - AWRU#31 - QS#59 - Times Higher Education#64 - U.S. NewsAnthropologyComputer ScienceDevelopment StudiesEarth ScienceGeographyLinguisticsPolitical Science
University of New South Wales30,75044%$24,500-$31,000A minimum SAT score of 1130-1370 OR a minimum ACT composite score of 22-29 (depending on program/course) and high school diploma.Click here#4-5 - AWRU#4 - QS#74 - AWRU#44 - QS#67 - Times Higher Education#51 - U.S. NewsArchitectureEconomicsEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceBusinessLawPsychology
University of Western Australia11,56429%$20,500-$26,000High school diploma AND SAT, ACT or AP exam results.Click here#6-7 - AWRU#7 - QS#85 - AWRU#92 - QS#139 - Times Higher Education#79 - U.S. NewsAgricultureAnatomy and Human BiologyEngineeringExercise and Sport ScienceMarine SciencePsychology
University of Adelaide15,94829%$35,000-$77,000A minimum SAT score of 1150-1410 (or equivalent ACT results) OR 2-4 AP exam results (depending on program/course) AND high school diploma.Click here#8 - AWRU#8 - QS#151-200 - AWRU#106 - QS#118 - Times Higher Education#73 - U.S. NewsDentistryEngineeringHealth and Medical SciencesNursingPharmacologyVeterinary Bioscience
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