Best-Rated Universities in
Western Australia (2023)



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Western Australia may be an export powerhouse, but the state capital Perth is also a vibrant place to live, work and study, particularly since it’s one of the closest Australian cities to Asia. That’s why WA’s universities have strong international appeal, as well as offering urban sophistication and research innovation – all of which help place many of them at the top of various global rankings for student experience.

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 (WA)

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 229 current students and graduates of the past 10 years to identify the universities students rated the best in Western Australia. 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.
  • Opportunities & career prospects after graduation: the uni/course supported the transition from study to work and provided suitable employment outcomes or postgraduate study opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Social aspects: the uni/course provided sufficient networking opportunities, social events, and extra-curricular activities (i.e. clubs, societies, sporting and volunteering options, etc.).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Student support available: the uni/course provided sufficient administrative, learning, and technical support, with access to lecturers, tutors, counsellors, administrators, and student services.
  • 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.

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 Western Australia have been compared in this survey. In our 2023 student satisfaction review, we collected sufficient data for four universities (assessed by domestic and international students) to be included in our ratings. So, which are the highest-rated universities in Western Australia for student satisfaction?

Which Western Australia universities were included in our 2023 ratings?

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

University Locations
Curtin University Perth, Kalgoorlie & regional centres
Edith Cowan University (ECU) Perth & Bunbury
Murdoch University Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah
University of Western Australia Perth

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The University of Western Australia topped our universities review for Western Australia, with five star ratings for opportunities & career prospects after graduation, quality of education received, teaching staff, student support available, learning resources and overall student satisfaction.

What is the University of Western Australia known for?

Based primarily out of Perth, the University of Western Australia is arguably the largest university in Western Australia, offering multiple main divisions – architecture, landscape & visual arts, arts, business, education, engineering, computing & mathematics, law, medicine, dentistry & health sciences, Indigenous studies along with science. The University of Western Australia was ranked in the top 100 of the 2024 QS World University Rankings, with multiple subjects ranked in the top 50.

The University of Western Australia is also a member of the Group of Eight (Go8), which comprises of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, with its focus on influencing the development of long-term sustainable education and research policies.

Does the University of Western Australia offer online learning?

The University of Western Australia does offer online learning, with the university utilising Blackboard to house content and communicate with peers, along with Echo360 for lecture capturing and Microsoft Teams for online meetings. The university does offer select degrees as solely online options, although if you’re looking for a hybrid option, it’s best to contact the university directly to ensure the course and subject you’re interested in offers the option to join online.

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 Western Australia?

There are five universities in Western Australia, all of which have campuses in Perth, with some also have regional centres. These institutions include Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Western Australia. Western Australia has other tertiary education providers such as Technical and Further Education (TAFE), the Engineering Institute of Technology, and other vocational education and training providers.

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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