Frequently Asked Questions

Using the website


What does the MyUniversity website do and what information can it give me?

MyUniversity is an interactive, searchable website that gives you information that will help you to choose a course and a higher education provider. You can view data on a range of things such as:

  • course information
  • student numbers
  • applications and offers
  • results of student satisfaction surveys
  • results of graduate destination surveys
  • information about fees
  • information about student services and campus facilities, submitted by universities
  • higher degree by research student numbers and scholarships.

What will I find under the Course Search?

The Course Search helps you to find information on thousands of courses offered by Australian universities and other higher education providers. Users can search for courses by name, entry cut-offs, fee type and approximate fees. You can compare up to three courses at the same time.

All of the courses on the MyUniversity website have been approved under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

To start a Course Search, you need to enter a course keyword such as ‘medicine’ or ‘biological sciences’. After that, you can search by the criteria that most interest you. You can restrict your search to just universities or just other higher education providers. If you are searching by university, you can search for those in a particular state or for individual universities by name. You can choose to view courses by course level (undergraduate or postgraduate coursework) or restrict your result list to courses held on-campus or those held off-campus. If you wish, you can search by course cut-off score or restrict results to courses with a specific course fee type. The search results will give you a list of the courses that match your selection criteria. You can look at courses individually or select up to eight courses and compare them in groups of three on the same screen.

What will I find under the University Search?

The University Search gives you access to statistical information on Australian universities. Currently you can view information on 41 universities, but more higher education providers may be added in the future. The data that you view on the MyUniversity website is collected annually by the Department of Education.

You can search for a university either by state/territory or by selecting the name of the individual university. A search results page will give you a list of universities in alphabetical order. By selecting the ‘sort’ button on the column titles, you can sort the results by ‘total number of students’, ‘percentage male and female students’, ‘graduates in full time employment’ or ‘graduates in full time study’.

You can refine your search to find data on student and staff demographics, graduate outcomes and individual campus information. You can also search for information based on the subject area that you plan to study in. There are 45 subject areas to choose from. At this level, you can find student survey results, attrition rates and retention rates. You can select up to 16 universities and compare them in groups of three on the same screen.

What will I find under Postgraduate Research?

Under Postgraduate Research you will find information on:

  • what a postgraduate research degree is and how to go about undertaking one;
  • choosing a topic and finding a supervisor;
  • research quality by discipline at each institution;
  • research student and scholarship numbers at each institution;
  • funding and resource considerations for prospective research students; and
  • career pathways for people with research degrees.

What is the subject area list and how is it derived?

The subject area list gives you statistical information on the area in which you plan to study. The list of 45 subject areas was derived by analysing comparable websites in Australia and overseas and analysing data held by the Department of Education and Graduate Careers Australia.

The subject area list is based on the field of education classification system from the Australian Standard Classification of Education, which is used by universities to describe their higher education courses. The system ensures that courses with the same or similar emphasis are classified with the same field of education.

What subject areas can I choose from on the MyUniversity website?


Accounting Computing & Information Systems Environmental Studies Medicine Public Health
Agriculture & Forestry Dentistry Health Services & Support Music & Performing Arts Sales & Marketing
Architecture & Urban Environments Economics Humanities incl. History & Geography Natural & Physical Sciences Social Work
Art & Design Engineering - Aerospace Justice Studies & Policing Nursing Sport & Recreation
Banking & Finance Engineering - Civil Language & Literature Occupational Therapy Teach Education - Early Childhood
Biological Sciences Engineering - Electrical & Electronic Law Pharmacy Teacher Education - Other
Building & Construction Engineering - Mechanical Management & Commerce - Other Physiotherapy Teacher Education - Primary & Secondary
Business Management Engineering - Other Mathematics Political Science Tourism, Hospitality & Personal Services
Communication, Media & Journalism Engineering - Process & Resources Medical Sciences & Technology Psychology Veterinary Science

How can I use MyUniversity to help me find the right university?

There are several ways to find the university that is right for you. If you know the type of course you want to study, start with the Course Search. You can search for courses of that type and narrow your search results by entry cut-offs, fee type and/or approximate fees. The search results will bring up a list of courses that match these criteria and the higher education providers that offer them.

If you know where you want to study, start under the University Search. You can search for a university by location, subject area and/or name. You can drill down further to find information on the facilities and student services that are available at each university.

Does the MyUniversity website provide the staff qualifications data for teachers at a university?

Yes. You will find information on the highest staff qualification (for example, PhD, master's degree or bachelor degree) for each university under the University Search.

How do I find out what accommodation or transport is available at a university?

Under the University Search, you can select a university and then narrow your search to get information on accommodation, facilities, transport, and services.

Can I find out the proportion of international students enrolled at each university?

Yes. The University Search will give you the percentage of domestic and international students at each university.

Will the MyUniversity website provide information about the number of applications that a university receives and offers it makes?

Yes. To find the number of applications and offers, go to the University Search and select a subject area for a given university.

Why are there sometimes more offers than applications for a given subject area?

Applications data is allocated to subject areas based on the applicant’s highest preference. Students do not always receive an offer for their highest preference. Sometimes, within a given subject area, the number of offers exceed the number of first preference applications. In other words, where a significant number of offers for courses in a given subject area are made on the basis of lower order preferences, the total of offers in that subject area may exceed the number of applications with a first preference in that subject area.

How can I use MyUniversity to help me find the right course?

The quickest way to find the right course is to start under the Course Search. You can look up the name of the type of course you want to study and narrow your search results by entry cut-offs, fee type and/or approximate fees. The search results will give you a list of courses that match these criteria. You can compare up to three courses on the same screen.

How does the Course Search order their results list?

The Course Search displays results in order of relevance by matching search keywords against course names and areas of study.

What information can I get about universities?

You can view data on things like student demographics, staff profiles, graduate survey results, courses, fees, student services, facilities, location and campus details. There is also information on the number of students and scholarships offered for higher degrees by research.

What information can I get on non-university higher education providers?

You can find information on courses at non-university higher education providers by using the Course Search.

Can I get information on cut-off entrance scores and course fee information?

Yes. The historical cut-off scores and approximate fees for the first year of a course are listed under the Course Search. Note that these scores are historical and may vary each year.

What is the difference between the eligibility score and a cut-off score?

The eligibility score is the lowest score at which a student is eligible for a course, excluding special entry provisions. The cut-off score is the lowest published entry cut-off for the Year 12 students who received an offer for a course at a university in a previous year. Cut-off scores will vary from year to year depending on the demand for places. See the Methodology for further information.

Can I find out how many students might be in a course that I am interested in studying?

No. You can get information about the number of applications and offers by subject area by using the University Search. You can find more information on applications and offers by clicking the View more statistics link and selecting a subject area.

Will the MyUniversity website provide a league table?

No. Universities listed under the University Search are displayed in alphabetical order.


Data and statistics


How current is the data?

The MyUniversity website publishes the most recent data provided to the Department of Education. For example, the data under the Course Search is for courses available in 2014. For further details, see the Methodology.

Where does the data on the MyUniversity website come from?

  • The universities provide the data every year through the Higher Education Student Data Collection, Higher Education Staff Data Collection and the University Applications and Offers Data Collection. Universities also provide data about their facilities and student services as well as their mission statement, logo, campus photographs and profile information.
  • Course information is updated throughout the year by universities and approved higher education providers.
  • The Student Satisfaction and Graduate Destinations Survey results are updated annually by Graduate Careers Australia.

How accurate is the information on the MyUniversity website?

The higher education data undergoes two comprehensive quality control processes to ensure accuracy and integrity before it is published and before a program is funded. Higher education providers must complete a comprehensive validation process to confirm data integrity and satisfy legislative requirements under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA). Data is published only after this process is complete.

How will suppressed data be presented on the MyUniversity website?

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Privacy Act 1988 it is an offence to release any information that is likely to identify any particular individual. To avoid any risk of disseminating identifiable data, a disclosure control technique called data suppression is used. Data will be represented as ‘D/S’ and will have the footnote ‘D/S = Data has been suppressed to protect the privacy of individuals and/or increase data accuracy. If the number of survey participants is less than 25, then survey results are suppressed. For all other non-survey results, if the raw data is between 0 and 5, the statistical results are suppressed’. Note that true zero values will always be reported as 0 and suppressed data falls within the range of 0 < x < 5. If data is not available it will have the footnote ‘N/A = Not available’.

How will statistics for double majors or combined degrees be displayed on the MyUniversity website?

Students doing a combined/double degree would be counted more than once if their major courses are in different MyUniversity subject areas. Consequently, if the two listed majors are in the same MyUniversity subject area they are only counted once. Note that this rule applies to completions, retention, attrition, commencing students and Course Experience Questionnaire data only.

What is the difference between the terms ‘university’ and ‘other higher education provider’?

A ‘university’ is a higher education provider that is established as a university, or recognised as a university under a law of the Commonwealth, a state, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory, and meets nationally agreed criteria for a university. ‘Other higher education provider’ refers to a higher education provider that is not a university established by or recognised under the law of the Commonwealth, a state, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory that offers FEE-HELP higher education courses.

What does the term ‘attrition rate’ mean?

The attrition rate is the proportion of domestic students who have started a bachelor degree but did not complete the course or return to the course in the following year. The calculation is explained further in the Methodology.

What does the term ‘retention rate’ mean?

The retention rate is the proportion of domestic students who continued studying a course. For example, if 50 students were in first-year dentistry and only 48 students went on to second year, the retention rate is 48/50 = 96%. The calculation is explained further in the Methodology.

What is the Australian Graduate Survey?

The Australian Graduate Survey is a national survey managed by Graduate Careers Australia. Each year, new graduates are surveyed after they have completed their higher education degree. The Australian Graduate Survey comprises the Graduate Destination Survey, Course Experience Questionnaire and Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire. Data from the Graduate Destination Survey and Course Experience Questionnaire will be displayed on the MyUniversity website.

What is the ‘Good Teaching Scale’?

The Good Teaching Scale forms part of the annual Course Experience Questionnaire conducted by Graduate Careers Australia. It is a measure of the level of satisfaction graduates had with the teaching in their course.

What is the ‘Generic Skills Scale’?

The Generic Skills Scale forms part of the annual Course Experience Questionnaire conducted by Graduate Careers Australia. It is a measure of the extent to which graduates believe the course they studied added to their skills in areas such as written communication, decision-making, analytical skills and problem-solving.

What is the source of the Graduates in Full Time Study and Graduates in Full Time Employment data?

This data comes from the Graduate Destination Survey, which is managed by Graduate Careers Australia.


Further information


Why was the MyUniversity website developed?

As part of the new quality assurance arrangements, the Australian Government announced in March 2010 its intention to develop a MyUniversity website by 2012. The website was designed to support the move to a new more student-centred and transparent higher education system. Students will have more choice about where they will study under this new system, so it is important that they have access to clear and meaningful information about higher education providers.

Why was the website called MyUniversity when it will also include data from non-university higher education providers?

To make sure that you have access to all higher education courses available in Australia, MyUniversity lists all courses offered at both universities and other higher education providers. All courses are quality assured under the Australian Qualification Framework, which is a national framework of qualifications.

I’m an international student - where can I find out information about studying at Australian universities?

The Australian Trade Commission’s Future Unlimited website is the official Australian Government website for overseas students and is available in 12 different languages. The website contains information about what you should do if you are interested in studying in Australia. It includes information about:

  • accredited institutions
  • available courses
  • course costs
  • scholarships
  • visas
  • application process
  • accommodation
  • life in Australia.

Where can I find out further information about fees?

To find out more information about fees and how to pay for your university study, visit the Study Assist website.

Where can I get information about scholarships, loans or other methods of funding my study?

To find out more information about scholarships offered by the Australian Government, visit the Study Assist website.


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