for full-time employment2
for sustainable education3
for learner engagement4
JCU is uni... but not as you know it.
#1 in Qld for full-time employment
JCU is top for undergraduate and postgraduate job outcomes, ranked #1 in QLD for full-time employment in both study areas by the Good Universities Guide 2023.
We’re also ranked #1 in Australia for median graduate salary for international student graduates, in the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022.
JCU graduates emerge job-ready with the knowledge, confidence and practical experience to transition straight into the workplace.
#52 in the world for good health
In pursuit of the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, JCU is ranked:
- #52 in the world for supporting good health and wellbeing
- #56 in the world for working to reduce inequalities
- Top 200 in the world for supporting life on the land
- Top 200 in the world for creating decent work and economic growth
by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for 2023.
These goals represent a shared set of global priorities to achieve a more sustainable future and tackle global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
Subject rankings: global highlights
Top 100 in the world
- #23 in the world for Ecology1
- #40 in the world for Environment / Ecology2
- Top 75 in the world for Geography1
- Top 75 in the world for Mining and Mineral Engineering1
- #83 in the world for Plant and Animal Science2
- #92 in the world for Environmental Sciences3
- Top 100 in the world for Hospitality and Tourism Management1
- Top 100 in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences3
- Top 100 in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management3
Subject rankings: national highlights
Top 10 in Australia
- #3 in Australia for Ecology1
- #4 in Australia for Hospitality and Leisure Management3
- Top 5 in Australia for Geography1
- #7 in Australia for Earth and Marine Sciences3
- #7 in Australia for Archaeology3
- #8 in Australia for Agriculture and Forestry3
- #8 in Australia for Environmental Sciences3
- Top 10 in Australia for Life Sciences4
- Top 10 in Australia for Atmospheric Science1
Top 20 in Australia
- Top 11 in Australia for Veterinary Science1
- Top 11 in Australia for Mining and Mineral Engineering1
- Top 11 in Australia for Hospitality and Tourism Management1
- Top 12 in Australia for Human Biological Sciences1
- Top 13 in Australia for Oceanography1
- Top 15 in Australia for Biological Sciences1
- Top 15 in Australia for Earth Sciences1
- Top 15 in Australia for Social Sciences4
- Top 16 in Australia for Agricultural Science1
- Top 20 in Australia for Environmental Science and Engineering1
- Top 20 in Australia for Physical Sciences4
- Top 20 in Australia for Public Health1
1 2022 ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. 2 2023 US News Best Global Universities Rankings. 3 2023 QS World University Rankings. 4 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.
Top 400 in the world
JCU is rated in the top 400 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the ShanghaiRanking Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.
With research connections to 124 countries and 25 specialised research centres and institutes, JCU is connected to the world and globally engaged.
JCU is connected to the world and globally engaged. In Northern Australia, our locations in Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane attract international students from all over the world. JCU was also the first Australian university to establish a branch campus in Singapore.
Ranked world class for research
JCU achieved the ranking of ‘world class’ or higher in 83 percent of research fields, including eight as ‘well above world class’, by Excellence in Research for Australia for 2018.
Six JCU researchers who produced multiple highly cited papers are ranked in the top 1% for their field of research, by Web of Science for 2022.
These internationally recognised research outcomes are in fields including biodiversity, ecology and environments, global warming, marine sciences, public health care, tourism and tropical medicine.
JCU delivers global, ground-breaking research and discoveries that make a difference to people and societies, experiential learning, the built environment and the natural world.
and graduate starting salary2
Discover more JCU ratings and rankings
- ShanghaiRanking - Academic Ranking of World Universities
- ShanghaiRanking - Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings
- Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
- Center for World University Rankings
- QS World University Rankings
- QS Stars Rankings
- QS Graduate Employability Rankings
- US News Best Global Universities Rankings
- Good Universities Guide
- Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
- Excellence in Research for Australia
- Web of Science