Rankings and statistics

We're ranked among the top universities in Victoria for skills development and undergraduate starting salary*

Supporting our students to achieve success in their studies and in life is something we are proud of.

Whatever your passion or career goals, Federation has everything you need to get out there and make your mark in the world and feel supported in the process.

As Victoria's premier regional university, we transform lives, and how we do this is reflected in The Good Universities Guide 2023* rankings:

Good Universities Guide 2023 rankings:

For the fifth year in a row, we have been ranked number one in Australia for First-Generation Student Enrolments

We’re enormously proud of our long-standing reputation as the number one university in Australia for first generation student enrolments. Fifty-five per cent of our students are the first in their family to attend university.

Top 5 uni's in Victoria for Skills Development (undergraduate and postgraduate)
We're continuously striving to deliver top rankings for skills development.

Federation's commitment to skill development is embedded in our co-operative learning model. This is different to traditional work placements because we actively bridge campus-based learning with workplace learning - so you'll graduate with work experience as well as the skills to succeed.

Our co-operative learning model applies to selected courses in 2023. By 2025, every program will include a cooperative work experience – real workplaces, real projects and real career opportunities.

Find out more about this exciting new learning model and what it will mean for your future studies >

#1 in Victoria for Undergraduate Starting Salary
We have a 152-year history of partnering with community and industry to ensure we're educating and training graduates for the best opportunities available, with the highest salaries.

#1 in Victoria for Student Support (undergraduate)
Federation University has been rated five stars in the last six years for student support at an undergraduate level - This is the longest sustained level of satisfaction of any Victorian university.

We have a range of student-focussed programs, social activities and services available that will help undergraduates and those returning to study feel supported throughout your time at Federation, some of which you can come and explore at our support and services hub. Explore all support services >

#1 in Victoria for Social Equity
We are committed to a fair, just and equitable treatment of all students, staff and academics. Due to our consistent leadership in this area, we have been rated five stars and #1 in Victoria in social equity for the last six years.

One of the leading factors that contribute to social equity is our commitment to supporting our students through scholarships. Discover the scholarships available in 2023 >

We are also ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia for high staff-to-student ratios.

Excellence in research

Our research excellence is reflected in the latest Excellence for Research Australia assessment, where Federation was rated at or above world standard in 80% of our submitted Fields of Research.

We are among the top ten Australian universities for industry-connected graduate research programs.

By enrolling as a higher degree (PhD or Masters) by research student, you'll become part of our leading research team and work alongside highly qualified and recognised supervisors, connect with industry, government and the community, and contribute to the global research conversation.

Source: *The Good Universities Guide 2023