Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

Study at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Brisbane

About Australian Catholic University

Institution Title :
Australian Catholic University Limited
Local Title :
Australian Catholic University
Also Trading as :
Australian Catholic University
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New South Wales  2059
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The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia with seven Australian campuses and a campus in Rome.

ACU is made up of four faculties, which offer Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees.

ACU has seven campuses across Australia; Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney (Blacktown, North Sydney, Strathfield). In 2015, the university opened the Rome Centre, a collaboration with the Catholic University of America, located in Rome, Italy.


ACU has a wide range of institutes and centres as well as four academic faculties.

• Education and Arts

• Health Sciences

• Law and Business

• Theology and Philosophy


#251-300 in the World, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022

#42 in the World, Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021

#16 among Generation Y Universities, Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021

Subject Rankings

#3 in Australia and #46 in the World for Education, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

#9 in Australia and #151-200 in the World for Law, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

#7 in Australia and #18 in the world for Nursing, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

#6 in Australia and #101-150 in the World for Psychology, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

#11 in Australia and #49 in the World for Sports related Subjects, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Awarded five stars for Learner Engagement, Skills Development and Learning Resources, Good Universities Guide 2022

Awarded five stars for Full-time Postgraduate Employment, Good Universities Guide 2022

Ranked equal 54 in the world for Positive impact on Society, Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021

Ranked 26 globally for Gender equality, Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021



ACU’s St Patrick’s Campus is located in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. The cafes, shops and nightlife of Brunswick and Smith Streets are nearby, as are some of the city’s finest parks. 

The campus itself is a mix of historic and modern buildings with plenty of room to study, relax and connect with other students. Over the next ten years the campus will be redeveloped to accommodate growing staff and student numbers.

North Sydney

ACU’s MacKillop Campus is in the bustling suburb of North Sydney, just a short commute from the central business district. Surrounded by tall buildings, cafes and shops, the open grounds provide a pocket of peacefulness within a vibrant corner of Australia’s largest city.  


ACU’s McAuley Campus is in the light, leafy capital of Queensland. With a relaxed atmosphere and mild winters, it’s easy to get the most out of your uni life in Brisbane. Take part in the clubs and activities on the sprawling Banyo Campus, or make the most of the city’s rivers, parks and nearby beaches.


ACU’s Signadou campus is in Australia’s capital city, home to Parliament House, the National War Museum, the National Gallery and some of Australia’s most important cultural sites. The campus itself is within easy reach of Canberra’s cafes, walking tracks and galleries. There’s always plenty of things to do when it comes time to take a break from study.


ACU’s Aquinas campus is where country life meets city convenience. The campus is set on sprawling grounds and boasts stunning gardens, open spaces and historic buildings. With a broad range of facilities and services, both on campus and nearby, you'll uncover a big life in this country town.


ACU has partnered with Blacktown City Council to open its newest campus in Blacktown, Western Sydney. Study at a place that feels like home while benefiting from a university with an international reach.

  • Excellent opportunities with local partners such as CathWest, Blacktown International Sports Park and the International Centre for Training Excellence.
  • Inclusive student spaces including breakout and study areas, collaboration spaces, library, chapel, lounge area and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culturally safe space.
  • Purpose-built teaching and learning facilities including nursing labs, bed simulation wards, moot court and science lab (from 2022).


Situated in one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, ACU’s Mount Saint Mary Campus is steeped in history, but comes with all the modern conveniences. The campus is well connected by public transport for students commuting from the Blue Mountains and Central Coast.

Campus di Roma

All of ACU’s students have the opportunity to study at its Rome Campus during their degree. It’s an incredible opportunity to live and learn in one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

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