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Western Sydney University

country rank  17
world rank  438

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Established in 1989, the Western Sydney University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Penrith (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), New South Wales. This institution also has branch campuses in Bankstown, Nirimba, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Liverpool City, Parramatta South, Parramatta City, Penrith, Sydney City, Sydney Olympic Park and Westmead. Officially recognized by the Department of Education and Training of Australia, Western Sydney University (WSU) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: over 45,000 students) coeducational Australian higher education institution. Western Sydney University (WSU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 34-year-old Australian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 100% making this Australian higher education organization a non-selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. WSU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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very large-sized
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University Identity

Acronym WSU
Founded 1989
Motto Unlimited.
Colours Maroon and white

University Location

Address Locked Bag 1797
2751 New South Wales
Tel +61 (0)2 9852 5222
Fax +61 (0)2 9685 9316
Other locations Bankstown, Nirimba, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Liverpool City, Parramatta South, Parramatta City, Penrith, Sydney City, Sydney Olympic Park and Westmead

Study Areas and Degree Levels


The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the Western Sydney University's academic range and degree level offering.

Study Areas and Degree Levels Matrix

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Programs and courses


What are University programs and courses? University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.

Programs and courses

uniRank publishes the following list of Western Sydney University's programs and/or courses; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the Western Sydney University's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Bachelor of Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Aviation
  • Bachelor of Biomolecular Science
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Community Welfare
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computing
  • Bachelor of Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Art
  • Bachelor of Design and Technology
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Electronic Arts
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Financial Advising
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Horticulture
  • Bachelor of Housing
  • Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of International Studies
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Mathematics and Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Medical Research
  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Natural Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Performance
  • Bachelor of Planning
  • Bachelor of Policing
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Systems Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Teaching
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Bachelor of Tourism
  • Graduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Graduate Diploma in Adult Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying
  • Graduate Diploma in Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Business and Commerce
  • Graduate Diploma in Computing and Information Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Engineering
  • Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety Engineering
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Interpreting
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Graduate Diploma in Marketing
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
  • Graduate Diploma in Naturopathy
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Computing
  • Graduate Diploma in Property Investment and Development
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Science
  • Graduate Diploma in TESOL
  • Graduate Diploma in Translation
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technologies
  • Master in Social Science
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Art Therapy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts (TESOL)
  • Master of Arts Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business and Commerce
  • Master of Business Marketing
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Computing
  • Master of Conference Interpreting
  • Master of Convergent Media
  • Master of Creative Music Therapy
  • Master of Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Health Science
  • Master of Health Services Management
  • Master of Information and Communications Technologies
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of International Hospitality and Hotel Management
  • Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Master of International Trade and Finance
  • Master of Interpreting and Translation
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Legal Practice
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Osteopathy
  • Master of Performance for Television
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Professional Communication
  • Master of Psychology
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Science
  • Master of Taxation and Financial Services
  • Master of Teaching
  • Master of Television
  • Master of Tourism Planning
  • Master of Urban Management
  • Master of Vocational Accounting
  • Masters of Teaching
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Food Science and Technology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (L&B)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (S&HS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (ST&E)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Systems Agriculture)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (AE&SS)

Yearly Tuition


Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. This uniRank Tuition Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students (local and international students) and 2 degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at the Western Sydney University. However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the Western Sydney University's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on Australia's cost of living.

Yearly Tuition Range Matrix

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Admissions info


Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.

Admission Info and stats

uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the Western Sydney University's admission policy and statistics.

Admission Gender

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Admission Selection

Has the Western Sydney University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

The Western Sydney University's acceptance rate range is 100% making this institution a non-selective higher education institution.

International Admissions

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Admission Office Admission Office

Locked Bag 1797
Penrith 2751
(0)2 9852 5444
1300 897669

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why:

  • Resources: a larger university may have more resources available to its students, including research facilities, libraries, and extracurricular activities. However, a smaller university may offer a more personalized experience and smaller class sizes.
  • Diversity: the size and profile of a university can impact the diversity of its student body, faculty and curriculum. Larger universities may attract more international students and offer a wider range of academic programs, while smaller universities may have a more homogenous population.
  • Networking: a larger university may offer more opportunities for networking and building connections with other students and professionals in your field, but smaller universities may offer a tighter-knit community and more personalized networking opportunities.
  • Quality of Education: a university with a lower student-staff ratio typically means that students will receive more personalized attention from their instructors. This can lead to more individualized instruction, more opportunities for feedback and guidance and a better learning experience overall.
  • Location: campus setting can have an impact on students' access to resources, cost of living, transportation, social life and safety.
  • Religious affiliation: while it may not be the most important factor for everyone, understanding the religious affiliation of a university can help students determine if it aligns with their personal beliefs and provide a unique academic and spiritual experience.

Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the Western Sydney University.

Student Enrollment

The Western Sydney University has a student enrollment range of over 45,000 making it a very large-sized institution.

Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 1,000-1,499 academic employees (Faculty).

Control Type Control Type

The Western Sydney University is a public higher education institution.

Entity Type

The Western Sydney University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Continuous type of academic calendar.

Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Suburban setting.

Religious Affiliation

The Western Sydney University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the Western Sydney University offer? University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.

Facilities and Services

uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the Western Sydney University.


This institution has a physical Library for its students. Go to the Western Sydney University's Library


This institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.

Sport Facilities

This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

Financial Aids

This institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.

Study Abroad

This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Distance Learning

This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses.

Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution provides students with guidance and support in their academic pursuits.

Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

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Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system:

  • Institutional legal recognition: institutional legal recognition of a University refers to the formal recognition of the university's legal status by the government of a country. Legally recognized higher education institutions are chartered, registered and/or licensed by government bodies to be legal entities authorized to teach at the tertiary level.
  • Institutional accreditation: institutional accreditation is a type of additional quality assessment that evaluates the overall quality of an institution as a whole. Institutional accrediting bodies assess a University's overall mission, governance, leadership, faculty qualifications, student support services, financial stability and academic offering. Institutional accreditation is a concept that mainly exists in the US higher education system and a few other countries. So if you plan to study in the United States make sure that the University you choose is not only registered or licensed but officially accredited by a recognized accrediting body. In the US uniRank only includes accredited institutions.
  • Programmatic or specialized accreditation: programmatic or specialized accreditation, on the other hand, is a type of accreditation that evaluates and accredits specific academic programs within a University. Programmatic accreditation, granted by specialized national or international accrediting bodies, assesses the quality and rigor of a program's curriculum, faculty qualifications, student outcomes and resources and is focused on ensuring that a specific program or course meets industry standards and requirements.

uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.

Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

The Western Sydney University is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Department of Education and Training of Australia

Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
  • Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)
  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC)
  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
  • Australia and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • CFA Institute
  • CPA Australia
  • Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA)
  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
  • Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA)
  • Engineers Australia
  • Environmental Health Australia
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Finance and Treasury Association (FTA)
  • Financial Planning Association (FPA)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
  • Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB)
  • Media Foundation of Australia (MFA)
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) Ltd
  • National Institute for Accountants (NIA)
  • NSW Institute of Teachers
  • NSW Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Occupational Therapy Council
  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Psychology Board of Australia (PBA)
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA)
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZOG)
  • Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
  • Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) Inc.
  • Statistical Society of Australia Inc. (SSAI)
  • Tax Practitioners Board (TPB)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons:

  • Collaboration and networking: they can provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with other universities, academic institutions and industry partners. This can lead to joint research projects, sharing of resources and expertise and collaborations on educational programs and initiatives.
  • Access to resources: they can provide access to a wide range of resources, including research facilities, academic journals and funding opportunities. This can be especially beneficial for smaller or less well-resourced universities, which may not have the same level of access to resources as larger and more established institutions.
  • Quality assurance: membership in professional or industry organizations can provide a level of quality assurance for Universities, ensuring that they meet certain standards and requirements in terms of academic programs, research and student support services. However, membership in an organization does not necessarily imply a formal accreditation or quality assurance process for the University's programs.
  • Recognition and reputation: membership in prestigious or exclusive organizations can enhance the reputation and recognition of a university, both locally and internationally. This can lead to increased visibility and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
  • Internationalization: memberships and affiliations can facilitate internationalization efforts, including student and faculty exchange programs, joint research initiatives and collaborations with international partners. This can help to broaden the global perspective of a university and provide opportunities for students and faculty to gain international experience and exposure.

Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.

Memberships and Affiliations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Western Sydney University's memberships and affiliations; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the Western Sydney University's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Universities Australia
  • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)

Academic Structure


Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following:

  • Colleges
  • Faculties
  • Schools
  • Institutes
  • Academies
  • Departments
  • Divisions
  • Centers

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.

Academic Structure

uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Western Sydney University's organizational structure.


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Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Here are some ways in which the official Western Sydney University's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:

  • Researching universities: social media can be a useful tool for researching universities that prospective students may be interested in attending. By following the Western Sydney University on social media, potential students can learn more about the university's culture, values, academic programs and campus life. They can also engage with current students and alumni to get a sense of their experiences and valuable perspectives from the inside.
  • Engagement with the University: social media allows the Western Sydney University to engage with prospective students by answering questions, sharing news and events and showcasing the university's offerings. Potential students can appraise how up-to-date and relevant is the content published through social media and how prompt and efficient the Western Sydney University is in answering their queries.

Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the Western Sydney University's profile and level of engagement.

Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some Western Sydney University's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

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Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.

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