Best-Rated Universities in
Victoria (2023)



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Victoria is a vibrant state known for its arts, culture and stunning scenic locations such as The Grampians and Great Ocean Road. It is also known for its universities with top ranked uni’s like La Trobe and Deakin University based out of Victoria. With innovation and creative thinking at the center of many of the universities in the state, it’s no wonder many people flock south for their postgraduate education.  

Such a choice can make picking one university hard, and since the majority of students surveyed by Canstar Blue (76%) said their university degree was vital for their future career prospects, and 56% called university the best time of their life from a social perspective, making the right choice is important.

How we rate universities (VIC)

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 707 current students and graduates of the past 10 years to identify the universities students rated the best in Victoria. There are a lot of university ratings out there, but we wanted to take a different approach by asking students to rate their university on a range of factors that were important to them and to understand how satisfied they were overall with their university experience. Please see our methodology here.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their university from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. University satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall student satisfaction: measures student satisfaction with a university as an individual score, NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Quality of education received: the uni/course provided high-quality academic education and skills development, as well as adequate learning structures, educational materials, resources, etc.
  • Student support available: the uni/course provided sufficient administrative, learning, and technical support, with access to lecturers, tutors, counsellors, administrators, and student services.
  • Teaching staff: the uni/course administrators, lecturers, and tutors were approachable and fair in their assessments, had effective teaching styles/abilities, and provided sufficient learning support.
  • Learning resources: the university provided sufficient learning resources such as libraries, online portals, and laboratories, while courses had flexible learning options and suitable materials for the chosen field of study.
  • Opportunities & career prospects after graduation: the uni/course supported the transition from study to work and provided suitable employment outcomes or postgraduate study opportunities.
  • Campus amenities: the university campus featured a good range of amenities, including access to public transport, adequate parking, lockers, libraries, cafeterias, Wi-Fi, on-campus accommodation options, etc.
  • Social aspects: the uni/course provided sufficient networking opportunities, social events, and extra-curricular activities (i.e. clubs, societies, sporting and volunteering options, etc.).

The winning university is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The university with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Universities must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all universities available in Victoria have been compared in this survey. In our 2023 student satisfaction review, we collected sufficient data for eight universities (assessed by domestic and international students) to be included in our ratings. So, which are the highest-rated universities in Victoria for student satisfaction?

Which Victorian universities were included in our 2023 ratings?

Here are the universities in Victoria that were included in Canstar Blue’s 2023 student satisfaction survey, listed below in alphabetical order.

University Locations
Deakin University Melbourne, Geelong & Warrnambool
Federation University of Australia Mount Helen, Churchill, Melbourne
La Trobe University Melbourne & regional centres
Monash University Melbourne
RMIT University Melbourne & regional centres
Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne
University of Melbourne Melbourne & regional centres
Victoria University (VU) Melbourne

Most Satisfied Students | La Trobe University


La Trobe University topped our universities review for Victoria, with five star ratings for campus amenities, opportunities & career prospects after graduation, teaching staff, student support available, learning resources and overall student satisfaction. 

What is La Trobe University known for?

La Trobe University, based primarily out of Victoria, is known for its academic excellence and is in the top 1% of universities worldwide, according to studies such as Time Higher Education and QS University Rankings. Some of La Trobe’s top ranking course offerings include Archaeology, Anthropology, Linguistics, Anatomy and physiology and Leisure management to name a few. 

La Trobe is named after Charles Joseph La Trobe who was the first Superintendent of the Port Phillip District and first Lieutenant-Governor of the new colony of Victoria. He was known for his need to make a difference to the communities he served and for his progressive social values and their impact. The university continues to share these same values and is said to champion local communities and to pursue excellence and sustainability in all they do.

Does La Trobe University offer online learning?

La Trobe University does offer online courses to suit student’s location and lifestyle. The university offers both postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in areas such as Diploma of Arts, Diploma of Business, Bachelor of Psychological Science and more. Its online learning is flexible and able to be adjusted to suit students’ work and lifestyle. 

Australian & State University Ratings 2023

Interested in finding out how students rated other top universities from around Australia? Click on the links below to read more about the top-rated universities in the country.

How many universities are there in Victoria?

There are over 50 university campuses across Victoria in the central Melbourne region as well as in more rural areas. The main universities in the Melbourne City region include La Trobe, Monash and RMIT and in more regional areas there are universities such as Federation University and Deakin university in Geelong. As far as universities themselves go, there are nine public universities in the state.  

What to consider when choosing a university

Current and past students surveyed by Canstar Blue were asked to name the key reasons for choosing their university. The main factors identified included the reputation of the university, acceptance of enrolment from the university, and the physical location of the campuses.

  • The reputation of the university and courses: 41%
  • Application to study was accepted: 40%
  • Location: 39%
  • Facilities (i.e. campus facilities, technology in library, classrooms, etc.): 22%
  • Friends or family went to the same university: 15%
  • Cost/fees were more affordable than other universities: 14%
  • Received a scholarship to attend: 9%
  • Extra-curricular activities (i.e. colleges, sporting and social opportunities, clubs, etc.): 7%

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