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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1853
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 3010
    • Phone:
    • +61390355511
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of University of Melbourne    

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. University of Melbourne's main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of the Melbourne central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria. University of Melbourne is a sandstone university and a member of the Group of Eight, Universitas 21, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Since 1872 various residential colleges have become affiliated with the university. There are 10 colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs offering academic, sporting, and cultural programs alongside accommodation for Melbourne students and faculty. University of Melbourne comprises 11 separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centres, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, and the Grattan Institute. Amongst Melbourne's 15 graduate schools the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School, and the Melbourne Medical School are particularly well regarded.  

Academic Highlights

The University of Melbourne is unlike any other university in Australia so far as it offers nine generalized three-year degrees instead of more traditional specialized undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Agriculture, Bachelor of Bio-medicine, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Oral Health, Bachelor of Science.

Life in University of Melbourne

Sport at The University of Melbourne is overseen by Melbourne University Sport (MU Sport), which is a department of the university. The department provides the management of all sports, fitness and recreation facilities, programmes and activities of the university. MU Sport also manages the university's designated entry scheme for elite athletes. Membership to the Melbourne University Sport Fitness Centre is open to University of Melbourne students, staff, alumni, and the greater community at large for those above the age of 17.

School Ranking

When averaging the world's major rankings, the University of Melbourne (40) appears to be ranked first in Australia, ahead of the second-ranked University of Queensland (47). Times Higher Education ranked Melbourne 32nd globally (1st nationally) in the 2017-2018 iteration of its annual World University Rankings. In the QS World University Rankings 2019,the University of Melbourne was ranked 39th globally (2nd in Australia). In 2019, it ranked 31st among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings. In the most recent CWTS Leiden Ranking, Melbourne was ranked 33rd in the world (2nd nationally).The university was ranked 38th globally (1st in Australia) in the 2018 publication of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) league table. According to QS World University Subject Rankings 2015, the University of Melbourne is ranked 5th in the world for education, 8th in law, 13th in computer science and IT, 13th in arts and humanities, 14th in accounting and finance, 14th in dentistry and 18th in medicine.


The university has 11 academic units, some of which incorporate a graduate school. The overall attrition and retention rates at the university are the lowest and highest respectively in Australia.The university has one of the highest admission requirements in the country, with the median ATAR of its undergraduates being 94.05 (2009). Furthermore, the university continued to attract outstanding students; for example, 50% of the Premier's VCE Top All-Round High Achievers enrolled at the University of Melbourne.

Notable Alumni

The University of Melbourne has produced many notable alumni, with graduates having been Governor-General of Australia, Governor of Victoria, Prime Minister of Australia, justices of the High, Federal, Family and Victorian Supreme courts, Premiers of Victoria and elected leaders of other states and territories, Nobel Laureates, a First Lady of East Timor, ministers of foreign countries, Lord Mayors, academics, architects, historians, poets, philosophers, politicians, scientists, physicists, authors, industry leaders, defense force personnel, corporate leaders, community leaders, as well as numerous artists. Frances Dorothy Gray became Australia's first female Bachelor of Dental Science graduate When she graduated from the Australian College of Dentistry at the University of Melbourne in 1907.

Acceptance Rate

University of Melbourne Acceptance rate is more than 40 percent.                                                               

Other Campuses
    • 234 Street, Kilda Road, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
    • 250 Princes Highway, Werribee, Victoria, Australia
    • 49 Graham Street, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia



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