Victorian universities leading the nation in providing students with a five-star experience

The latest edition of The Good Universities Guide, released today by Good Education Media, reveals that Victorian universities excel at offering students an exceptional learning experience.

Analysis of The Good Universities Guide’s key measures for Student Experience – Learning Resources, Learner Engagement, Student Support, Skills Development, Teaching Quality and Overall Experience, shows Deakin leading the way, finishing in the top 20 per cent in four measures of student experience, with ACU close behind with three measures.

Victoria once again lived up to its name as the education state, with at least two Victorian universities achieving five stars in each of the student experience measures for teaching.

Overall, Deakin University again came out on top, achieving five-stars for teaching in five out of six measures, including 91 per cent satisfaction for learning resources and 87 percent for overall experience.

Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said the University’s results within each measure was welcome and consistent with its strong focus on teaching excellence and student experience.

“We are delighted that The Good Universities Guide reflects the determined work by staff right across our University to give our students the best learning experience possible,” Professor den Hollander said.

“We’ve also maintained the highest level of overall student satisfaction among Victorian universities for the last six years, according to the Australian Graduate Survey, so we are delighted that our achievements continue with The Good Universities Guide.”

The University of Melbourne asserted its Go8 status, ranking 1st nationally for Student Demand and second for Student Retention. Federation University Australia was the state’s only representative in the top 20 per cent for Social Equity.

Echoing the national trend, graduate outcomes within Victoria however aren’t as positive, with no Victorian university achieving five stars in either Full-Time Employment or Starting Salary.

“Students are doing it tough as they leave university and a large percentage are struggling to find a full-time job or earn a reasonable salary within four months of graduating,” said Chris Lester, CEO of Good Education Media.

“These results feed into the larger Australian picture and show that there is a significant number of qualified people competing for too few jobs,” he said.

The Good Universities Guide is produced by Good Education Media, Australia’s leading provider of independent education ratings and information. The Guide is available online via the Good Education Bookshop and through selected newsagents. For more information visit

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ACU * 83% 83% * 68% 87% 75% * 85%
Deakin * 84% * 85% 63% * 92% 77% * 83%
FedUni 80% 83% 65% 86% * 79% * 83%
La Trobe 74% 76% 66% 84% 65% 80%
Melbourne 80% 83% 62% 86% 64% 79%
Monash 80% 81% 63% 84% 73% 80%
RMIT 79% 79% * 67% 84% 67% 80%
Swinburne  82% 83% 64% 85% 73% 80%
VU 76% 77% 65% 83% 68% 82%
National 79.9% 81.5% 64.2% 85.2% 72.0% 81.2%


* Five-star rating

Source: The Good Universities Guide 2018


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