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CDU is a top 100 university in the Asia Pacific

CDU ranked 91st in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019. The Ranking features 35 Australian universities, with CDU placing 29th among them. The Ranking analysed more than 300 universities across 13 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

CDU is ranked the #4 Australian university for undergraduate full-time employment outcomes

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The Good Universities Guide 2023 ranks CDU as the number four university in Australia for full-time employment for undergraduate students and sixth for undergraduate starting salaries in Australia. 

By study area, CDU is ranked top 5 in Australia for undergraduate employment outcomes in engineering, humanities and social sciences, law and paralegal studies, and psychology.

CDU’s undergraduate students enjoy a median starting salary of $61,400 and a full-time employment rate of 79%.

The Good Universities Guide ratings provide independent five-star performance ratings for all universities in Australia. These are based on student-relevant criteria such as graduate salaries, teaching quality, learning resources, graduate employment rates and much more.


Undergraduate starting salary by study area:

 

Study area

Australian ranking

Median starting salary

Creative Arts1st$56,400

Social Work

3rd

$59,700

Humanities and Social Sciences

3rd

$54,400

Agriculture and Environmental studies3rd$57,500
Pharmacy 4th$59,800
Engineering5th$77,700

Undergraduate graduate employment rate by study area:

 

Study area

Australian ranking

Graduate employment rate

Psychology

1st

79%

Engineering

3rd

94%

Humanities and Social Sciences

3rd

74%

Law

4th

87%

CDU is the #2 Australian university for postgraduate full-time employment outcomes

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The Good Universities Guide 2023 has ranked CDU as the number two Australian university for full-time employment for postgraduate students.

CDU postgraduate students enjoy a full-time employment rate of 93% and a median graduate salary of $68,400.

The Good Universities Guide ratings provide independent five-star performance ratings for all universities in Australia. These are based on student-relevant criteria such as graduate salaries, teaching quality, learning resources, graduate employment rates and much more.


Postgraduate starting salary by study area:

Study area

Australian ranking

Median graduate salary

Nursing

2nd

$93,600

Health and Services6th$86,500

Postgraduate full-time graduate employment rate by study area:

Study area

Australian ranking

Graduate full-time employment rate

Education and Training

1st

93%

Social Work

1st

97%

Nursing

8th

95%

CDU graduates earn at least 5% more and are at least 10% more likely to land a job than the average university student

The 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report found that graduates of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at CDU enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries.

Compared to the average undergraduate student, CDU graduates are 10% more likely to secure a job within 4 months of finishing their degree. They also earn 5% more.

Compared to the average postgraduate student, CDU graduates are 11% more likely to find employment within 4 months of finishing their degree. They earn 9% more.

This Survey is funded by the Australian Government. It was conducted as an online survey, with responses by more than 131,000 students from 112 higher education institutions in Australia.

CDU is the #5 Australian university for first-in-family study

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Good Universities Guide 2023 has ranked CDU the number five university in Australia for providing first-generation university study opportunities. This measures CDU’s proportion of domestic students who are the first in their family to undertake undergraduate-level study.

The Good Universities Guide ratings provide independent five-star performance ratings for all universities in Australia. These are based on student-relevant criteria.

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