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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1958
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 3800
    • Phone:
    • +61399026000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Monash University

Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1958, Monash University is the second oldest university in the State of Victoria. It is a member of Australia's Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's eight leading research Universities, a member of the ASAIHL, and is the only Australian member of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Monash University is home to major research facilities, including the Monash Law School, the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres and 17 co-operative research centres. 

Academic Highlights

Monash Univeristy offers Art Design & Architecture (MADA); Arts;  Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Information Technology; Law;  Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Science.

Life in Monash University

Monash had over 63,000 students across its campuses. Of these, around 46,000 are undergraduate students, 12,500 are graduate or postgraduate and 4,500 are undertaking higher degrees by research. Around 65% of Monash students have domestic citizenship (i.e. they are citizens of the country in which their main campus is located). Around 39% are international students. The international students are from over 100 different countries and speak around 90 different languages. Over 50% of Monash students have a language other than English as their mother language.

  • Monash students are represented by the Monash Student Association in individual campus organisations and the university-wide Monash Postgraduate Association.
  • Monash Student Association (MSA) – Clayton Campus
  • Monash Student Union Caulfield (MONSU Caulfield) – Caulfield Campus
  • Monash Parkville Student Union (MPSU) – Parkville Campus
  • Monash Student Union Peninsula (MONSU Peninsula) – Peninsula Campus
  • Monash Student Association of South Africa (MUSASA) – South Africa
  • Monash University Student Association (MUSA) – Malaysia campus
  • Monash students are also represented by academic associations and societies. These groups organise social events and represent student interests to the faculty among other goals.

School Ranking

When averaging the world's major rankings, Monash University (63) appears to be ranked fourth in Australia, behind the University of Sydney (56), the University of Queensland (47), and the University of Melbourne (40).Times Higher Education ranked Monash University Australia's leading university in Engineering and Technology in 2016. In 2018, QS World ranked Monash University #2 globally for Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and #26 globally for Law.


The Good Universities Guide places the Clayton, Caulfield, Parkville and Peninsula campuses of Monash in the category of universities which are most difficult to gain admission to in Australia, with each campus receiving an Entry Standards mark of 5/5. Monash has the highest demand for places among high school graduates of any university in Victoria. In 2009, one in four applicants put Monash as their first preference. This equates to more than 15,000 first preferences from Victorian high school leavers. Of the top 5% of high school graduates in Victoria, more choose Monash than any other institution. In 2010, almost half of the top 5% of high school leavers chose to attend Monash – the highest of any Victorian university by quite some margin. In 2009, among students with a "perfect" ENTER score of 99.95 (i.e. students in the top 0.05% of high school applicants), 63 made an application for Monash.

Notable Alumni

Chief Scientist of Australia; Ian Meredith, Global Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Boston Scientific;Tim Flannery, scientist, ecology activist; Brad McKay, doctor, author and television personality; Tilman Ruff, founding chair of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, infectious diseases and public health physician and Ranjana Srivastava, oncologist and author. Graduates in entertainment include: Doug Chappel, comedian and actor; David Williamson, playwright; Andrew Daddo, actor, voice artist, author and television personality and Vance Joy, singer songwriter.Graduates in other fields include: Peter Costello, businessman, political commentator and longest-serving Treasurer of Australia; Ian MacFarlane, economist, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (1996–2006); George Pell, Australian Cardinal of the Catholic Church; Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of Victoria and Marilyn Warren, 11th and first female Chief Justice of Victoria.

Acceptance Rate

Monash University is a good university. So, what is their acceptance rate? You might be surprised to hear, but their acceptance rate is not that high. Although the university doesn’t publish it, the acceptance rate of Monash University is estimated to be over 40%. Why? Because Australian universities accept a lot of international students, and you can see that in how many international students are in universities in Australia.

Other Campuses
    • 144 Peter Road, Ruimsig, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    • 381 Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
    • 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria, Australia



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