An analysis of the universities can be conducted individually or through the comparison list. It is possible to compare Australian universities by rankings and student reviews, tution fees, and the best universities for international students. The university comparison also includes ATAR cut offs, statistics, student numbers, and gender balance ratio.
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NOTE: Click the 'State' column header to sort the table by State
Understanding the University Comparison Process
There are a number of different variables used for the comparison analysis which relate to various and often distinct aspects of the universities and their operations. These range from the objective comparisons of number of students and the gender balance percentages breakdown, to the subjective comparisons of student survey results covering aspects like teaching quality, skills development, and overall satisfaction level. The comparisons won't provide a list of the best universities in Australia, or even a list of the top 10 universities, but it will provide an extra piece of information which might be useful when making the important decision of university selection.
Student Numbers Overview Comparison
This comparison set is designed to get a broad understanding of the university or universities in terms of their size and composition. The 'State' is included for ease of use then the 'Total Students' gives an indication of which are the biggest universities in Australia by size and which are smallest. Related to the 'Total Students' is the number of students for each university enrolled at the undergraduate and at the postgraduate level. Perhaps more significant is the percentage breakdown of the undergraduate and postgraduate students as this can give a clearer indication of any possible focus of each university. Rounding out this section is the total numbers and percentage weighting of overseas students in each of the universities.
Distance Education Numbers Comparison
Another interesting comparison section is the distance education numbers broken down into the number of total online students, online undergraduate students, and online postgraduate students, along with the percentage weighting of each of these categories relative to the total number of respective online and on-campus students. Study online and distance education continue to become more and more popular and analysing these figures can give an indication of how important this mode of study currently is with each of the universities, the results ranging from it being a high priority to having no study online service at all.
Gender Balance at Australian Universities
Gender inclusiveness policies throughout the Australian higher education sector have been in place for many years now but it can still be significant to see how the universities are performing in terms of gender balance. The way this comparison works it to show the percentage of females from the total number of students along with the percentage studying at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The reasons behind the presented figures are not always clear without looking at some other sections such as the percentage of students enrolled in the various areas of study, but these percentages can at least provide the basis for comparison in what has been one of the most important areas of change over the last few decades.
International Student Tuition Fees Comparison
The international student tuition fees comparison provides a useful guide to how accessible each of the universities is to overseas students in terms of cost. There are many prospective students who are interested in identifying the list of the cheapest universities in Australia for international students, but for many others the cost is not really a major factor in the decision making process. The approach to this section is to present the total international student tuition course fees for the four broad areas of business, education, arts, and science. It is not possible to cover all the variations of overseas student fees, but with these four examples it is possible to understand if the university is cheaper or more expensive in general terms relative to the other universities.
The section covering the university rankings comparison can give an indication of the status of the universities although it cannot show what is behind these figures, whether the university is successful in producing vocational outcomes but not in the theory and research which is required to be a high ranking university, or whether the university's focus is on postgraduate research and this is one of the reasons it might have a high rank. Nevertheless the rankings comparison still provides a point of reference, and this is achieved through a presentation of each university's position within the QS, THE, ARWU and US News world ranking systems along with the local Australian Excellence in Research rankings.
ATAR Entry Cut-Off Scores Comparison
The ATAR Score (or its equivalent) is the final graded score achieved by year 12 students in Australia and is used to determine what courses the student will be eligible to enter. From the university perspective the ATAR entry-level cut-off score is the point at which an applicant for the course will be clearly in, or in other words will be accepted for the course (subject to any other prerequisites). This section presents the broad categories of business, science, and arts entry cut-off ATARS, these broad general category being very useful in providing a point of comparison indicating the local demand for university entry and the degree of difficulty in gaining that entry.
Starting Salaries by University
This section displays the average starting salaries for each of the universities for the four broad categories of business, education, arts, and science. There are a lot of variables which can impact on these figures, location being a major one of these, but the figures can still be useful for an intra-city comparison where graduates are basically competing for the same jobs.
Student Survey Results
Student surveys can be used to gauge subjective perceptions and experiences and the results can sometimes be useful for both an analysis and a comparison. The areas of study covered by this section are the four broad areas of business, health, arts, and science. The survey measurements applied to each of these areas of study are the level of satisfaction, the perception of teacher quality, and the overall student experience.
Student Numbers by Discipline
The student numbers by area of study section is very useful for understanding the focus of the various universities. The broad categories presented are architecture, business, creative arts, education, engineering, health science, information technology, science, and social science. Each of these is analysed in terms of total number of enrolments along with a very valuable percentage breakdown which can be used as the basis for both analysis and meaningful universities comparison.
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