Australian National University

Australian National University

Introduction:
Nestled in the nation’s capital, giving it unparalleled access to government departments and institutions, ANU consistently ranks as the best tertiary institution in Australia. With 9,500 undergraduates and under 7,000 postgraduate students, the university is around half the size of its main competitors in Australia’s other major cities.

With 31 per cent of domestic undergraduate students coming from interstate, and over 3,000 living in student residencies, there is a real collegiate feel to the Australian National University. Of the 1500-odd academic staff, over 80% hold PhD qualifications. This aptitude for teaching and research is reflected in the $100 million of grants and consultancies that they received last year.

Though a relatively recent university, established by an act of parliament in 1946 following the Second World War, ANU has more than made up for lost time, expending a full 80% of its operating income on research. This sort of spending combined with its proximity to the halls of power and associated departments and institutions have led to the establishment's rapid climb up the global rankings to become the foremost university in Australia.

As well as consistently improving as a university, enrolment numbers are swelling, with a 28% increase in enrolments since 2006. With ATAR scores that, while climbing, still belie the value of their degrees, prospective students ought to seriously consider ANU as a university option to become graduates that are simply worth more.

Arts & Education

Arts & Education

The College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU was formed in 2007 and consists of two schools and one research institute. The two schools—the Research School of Humanities and the Arts and the Research School of Social Sciences—are divided roughly into the humanities and social sciences.

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Law

Law

The ANU College of Law was established in 1960. It offers one undergraduate program to ANU students, who have the benefit of studing in Australia's national capital, with the resources of lawmakers, politicians and parliament at their doorstep. Students will study in beautiful surroundings and be given a high quality education from a number of leading legal academics.

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Business & Economics

Business & Economics

The ANU College of Business and Economics offers a range of undergraduate degrees, which will see students pick from a vast number of interesting majors. 75% of staff members within the College hold PhDs and attracts 3,000 students through its doors.

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Science

Science

Science degrees at ANU are located across two colleges: The College of Medicine, Biology & Environment and The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

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Medicine

Medicine

The College of Medicine, Biology and Environment houses the Medical School. Founded in 2001, it began offering the combined Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery in 2003. Teaching takes place on the Acton campus, and students get a wide range of practice in hospitals in Canberra and other regional areas.

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Architecture & Design

Architecture & Design

The School of Art is one of many in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU. With a grand Art School building to inpire any student, it offers specialised training in some of the following areas: Art Theory, Painting, Photography and Media Arts, Sculpture, and Textiles and Furniture.

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Engineering

Engineering

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to 150 academic staff members and 1,000 undergraduate students. Inaugurated in 2006, the College in its entirety offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate options to students, which often sees the two disciplines overlapping in the degrees it offers.

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Information Technology

Information Technology

The Research School of Computer Science is part of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students are offered a number of undergraduate Information Technology degrees at a high level, all of which focus on the balance between theory and practice.

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