The Notre Dame difference

It’s official, Notre Dame's personal and distinctive approach to education has now been recognised by the best critics of all – our students – as the best in Australia for overall quality of educational experience in the nationwide Federal Government survey. See how Notre Dame compares to other Australian universities at

Here are some of the things that make the educational experience at Notre Dame truly exceptional.

Professional experience

Internships, professional placements and volunteering opportunities set you up for life beyond university. At Notre Dame, you will learn from academics who have extensive experience in their fields. Through practicum placements and internship programs, you will graduate with experience on your CV – a real advantage in getting the job you want. Notre Dame has one of the highest graduate employment rates 79.1%, well above the national average of 70.6%.

It's personal

Our personalised approach starts with our admissions process, which goes beyond a single score. In addition to your academic record we consider your personal qualities, motivation to study and academic potential, your contribution to school, church or community life. We also get to know you at an interview with an academic member of staff where you can ask us questions and fully explore your options.

Our smaller lecture sizes means you are on a first-name-basis with your lecturers and have greater access to academics for support. Mentoring and academic support programs help you be successful in your studies.

Learning to think BIG

In today's world, thinking critically and creatively are essential life skills. These equip you with an increased ability to think and reason – to think big – a vital advantage not only during study, but throughout your life.

As Australia’s first Catholic university, we follow the traditions and practices of Catholic higher education while welcoming students from all beliefs and backgrounds.

At Notre Dame, you receive a liberal arts education. You learn to expand your mind and develop your critical thinking and reasoning skills through study of Core Curriculum courses in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics.

You will graduate with skills that will give you a distinct advantage in your career.

Our locations

Notre Dame has Campuses coast to coast in distinct locations. You can learn in the heart of central Sydney on Broadway or in Darlinghurst, or at our foundation 'town university' campus in Fremantle's West End, south of Perth, or at Broome in the iconic Kimberley region.

The Notre Dame difference

An exceptional educational experience
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