Notre Dame Fast Facts
The University of Notre Dame Australia was established through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989.
National private Catholic university, administered by a Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.
In Principio Erat Verbum – In the Beginning was the Word.
- Fremantle (opened 1992 with 50 postgraduate Education students.
- Broome (opened 1994 on the site of the former Nulungu Girls College. Has a special focus on training for careers in rural health and education)
- Broadway (opened 2006 by then Prime Minister, John Howard, adjacent to Australia’s oldest consecrated Catholic Church – St Benedict’s)
- Darlinghurst (opened 2008, and blessed by Pope Benedict XVI, located on the Darlinghurst Parish site opposite St Vincent’s Hospital)
- Seven clinical Schools
- Sydney: St Vincent’s Hospital; Auburn Hospital; Hawkesbury Health Service.
- Melbourne: Werribee Mercy Hospital
- Rural: Lithgow Hospital (NSW); Calvary Health Care Riverina (NSW); St John of God Hospital Ballarat (Vic)
Fremantle Campus situated in converted heritage buildings dating back to the 1880s.
- Has the oldest standing courthouse in Fremantle, used for student lectures
- National Heritage Award for work on Drill Hall
- Former Gold Rush hotels used for offices and classrooms
Chancellor: Mr Chris Ellison AO
Vice Chancellor: Professor Celia Hammond
Deputy Vice Chancellor Corporate: Peter Tranter
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the Sydney Campus: Professor Margot Kearns
Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the Fremantle Campus: Professor Selma Alliex
Pro Vice Chancellor, International: Peta Sanderson
Pro Vice Chancellor, Research: Professor Greg Blatch
Pro Vice Chancellor, Strategy and Planning: Julian Smith
Chief Financial Officer: Emily Townsend
Total student numbers: 12,394 (at 26 February 2018)
Broome Campus: 165
Fremantle Campus: 6,544
Sydney Campus: 5,685
Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research.
Schools / Faculties / Colleges
Fremantle (9 Schools): Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences,
Law, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Philosophy & Theology, Physiotherapy
Sydney (7 Schools): Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Law, Medicine,
Nursing, Philosophy & Theology
The Institute for Health Research (Fremantle)
Nulungu Research Institute (Broome)
Institute for Ethics and Society (Sydney)
Private university (not part of TISC (WA) or UAC (NSW)).
Students apply directly
Entry based on academic achievements, personal qualities, motivation to study and academic potential; contribution to community and/or church life.
While each program has indicative academic standards that should be met, the admission criteria against which your application will be assessed are much broader. We also consider you as a person - who you are, what you have done and what you want to do with your life.
The personal interview is integral to the admissions process.
Awards and accolades
The Federal Government’s ‘Graduate Outcomes Survey’ (2017)
Notre Dame 1st WA and NSW in four of total seven categories:
Overall Graduate Satisfaction
Notre Dame 1st WA in two further categories:
The Federal Government’s ‘Student Experience Survey’(2017)
Notre Dame 1st in WA and NSW in five of total seven categories:
Overall Quality of Education Experience
The Federal Government’s ‘Employer Satisfaction Survey’ (2018)
Notre Dame 2nd in Australia with an employer satisfaction rating of 89.1%, well above the national average of 83.6%.
Notre Dame received eight, five-star ratings of excellence in the categories:
Median Graduate Salary
Note: Notre Dame is the only university to have received five star ratings for 12 consecutive years. .
Core Curriculum (Fremantle)/Logos Programme (Sydney)
All undergraduate students study
- Ethics and
Notre Dame’s admissions process considers each applicant individually. Entry to Notre Dame is based on:
- Academic achievements
- Motivation to study and career aspirations
- Contribution to community, school and Church
- Interview with academic staff
Students apply directly to Notre Dame.
Students are supported by University academics and staff to achieve their career goals – in a personal and positive environment.
Internship and/or practicum placements are embedded in all Notre Dame undergraduate degrees. Notre Dame is the only university in Australia with a four-week compulsory internship as part of each Business program. Students make valuable contacts with employers as a result.
International partner universities
The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Republic of Korea)
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei (Taiwan)
Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung (Indonesia)
Songang University, Seoul (Republic of Korea)
Sophia University, Tokyo (Japan)
Leeds Trinity University, Leeds (UK)
Maynooth University, Maynooth (Ireland)
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (Ireland)
Paderborn University, Paderborn (Germany)
Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest (Hungary)
St Mary’s University, Twickenham (UK)
Universite Catholique de Lyon, Lyon (France)
Bellarmine University, Louisville (USA)
Boston College, Boston (USA)
The Catholic University of America, Washington DC (USA)
DeSales University, Center Valley (USA)
King’s Western University, London (Canada)
Purdue University, Indiana (USA)
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame (USA)
St Edwards University, Austin (USA)
University at Albany, Albany (USA)
University of Portland, Portland (USA)
University of San Francisco, San Francisco (USA)