James Cook University

country rank  25
world rank  677

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University Overview

Founded in 1970, James Cook University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Townsville (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Queensland. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Cairns, Brisbane, Singapore, Mackay, Beijing, Thursday Island, Mt Isa and Fiji. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Training, Australia, James Cook University (JCU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. James Cook University (JCU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 48 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym JCU
Founded 1970 Origins date back to 1961
Motto Crescente Luce
Light ever increasing

University Location

Address 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas
Townsville (population range: 50,000-249,999)
4811 Queensland
T +61 (0)7 4781 4111
F +61 (0)7 4779 6371
Other locations Cairns, Brisbane, Singapore, Mackay, Beijing, Thursday Island, Mt Isa and Fiji

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student 5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)
Int'l student 5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Admission Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Admission Selection Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office James Cook University, International Student Centre
Townsville 4811
+61 (0)7 4781 5255
1800 246 446

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 800-899
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to James Cook University's Library
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Distance Learning and Online Courses Yes


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
Department of Education and Training, Australia

Year of first Accreditation

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Engineers Australia
  • Queensland College of Teachers
  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
  • Australian Psychology Society


  • Universities Australia
  • Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU)

Academic Structure


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Site last updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2018