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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1909
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 4072
    • Phone:
    • +61733469872
    • Setting:
    • Urban

 The History of University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public research university primarily located in Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 1909 by the state parliament, University of Queensland (UQ) is Australia's fifth oldest university and is colloquially known as a sandstone university. The University of Queensland is a founding member of online higher education consortium edX, Australia's research-intensive Group of Eight, and the global Universitas 21 network. The university offers associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees through a college, a graduate school, and six faculties. University of Queensland incorporates over one hundred research institutes and centres, such as the Boeing Research and Technology Australia Centre, the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and the University of Queensland Dow Centre. Recent research achievements of the university include pioneering the invention of the HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer and the development of high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs.  

Academic Highlights

Business, Economics and Law; Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology; Health and Behavioural Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Medicine Science. University of New South Wales has a semester-based modular system for conducting academic courses. The Australian higher education model features a combination of the British system, such as small group teaching (tutorials) and the American system.

Life in University of Queensland

The University of Queensland maintains a number of support and student services. The campuses at St Lucia and Gatton have Student Centres which provide information and support services. The University of Queensland Union is the peak student representation body that coordinates various student services and activities, including over 190 affiliated clubs and societies, some of whom are listed below.

  • Semper Floreat
  • University of Queensland Australian Football Club
  • University of Queensland Debating Society (UQDS)
  • University of Queensland Football Club
  • Queensland University Regiment
  • University of Queensland Rugby Club
  • UQ Sport
  • Grace College is a women's college founded in 1970. It accommodates 181 students. 
  • International House is a co-educational college for International and Australian students founded in 1965.
  • King's College provides accommodation for 320 male and female students of the University.
  • St John's College is a co-educational college founded in 1911. It is administered by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.
  • St Leo's College is a men's college affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.
  • Union College is a co-educational, secular college named after the student union. It is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.
  • Women's College is a college for female students.

School Ranking

The University of Queensland (47) appears to be ranked second in Australia. University of Queensland is ranked 42nd in the world by the 2020 US News Global Ranking, 54th in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019, 47th in the world in the QS World University Rankings, and 66th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. UQ is ranked 32nd in the world and 1st in Australia in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019 when utilising the P(top 1%) indicator. Scimago Institutions Rankings (Higher Education) has UQ ranked at 41st in the world and 3rd in Australia for 2019.


  • You need to meet the following entry requirements to apply for the Study Abroad or Student Exchange programs at University of Queensland.
  • you must be nominated by your home institution (exchange students only).
  • you must have completed at least one full-time year of study at an accredited university.
  • you must be currently enrolled at an accredited university.
  • you must hold average to above-average results in university studies to date.
  • you must meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements.
  • you must meet specific course prerequisites for admission into certain courses. 

Notable Alumni

University has produced numerous distinguished alumni. Several notable examples include recipient of a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine Peter C. Doherty, recipient of the "Triple Crown of Acting" (having won Primetime Emmy, Tony and Academy Awards) Geoffrey Rush, triple Grammy Award-winning musician Tim Munro, former Chief Justices of Australia Sir Gerard Brennan and Sir Harry Gibbs, international not-for-profit 'Hear and Say' founder and officer of the order of Australia Dimity Dornan, Principal of King's College London Edward Byrne, singer and eurovision representative Dami Im, former CEO of Dow Chemical Andrew N. Liveris, the first female Governor-General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce, former Singaporean Minister of Defence and Manpower Lee Boon Yang, consecutive Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer David Theile, highly cited epidemiologist Graham Colditz, international best-selling author Kate Morton,and CEO of MS Research Australia and Harvard Club of Australia fellow, Dr Matthew Miles.

Acceptance Rate

The University of Queensland, and you should have realized that this is a great university. High rankings and excellent research back this fact up. However, the acceptance rate at the University of Queensland is estimated to be 40%. This is quite high for an excellent university like Queensland. Australian universities all have these characteristics, but they do accept a lot of students, especially international, but not all of them graduate. The make the admission easy but make the studies hard. So, if you have the motivation to work hard and endure, you will be fine. If not, you should not apply to the University of Queensland.

Other Campuses
    • Herston Road, Herston, Queensland, Australia
    • Via Warrego Highway, Gatton, Queensland, Australia



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