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University of Southern Queensland tops graduate salary rankings for Australian universities

University of Southern Queensland graduates take home the biggest starting paychecks in the country according to latest Good Universities Guide.
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The University of Southern Queensland has again led the way for employment outcomes and graduate salaries in Australia.

The Good Universities Guide 2022 rankings, released this week, show the University’s graduates have the highest starting pay in Australia with a median starting salary of $70,000.

The University of Southern Queensland also received a five-star rating for full-time graduate employment.

Showing the importance of a flexible, personalised university experience during turbulent times, USQ was awarded the maximum five stars across a number of areas:

- Undergraduate full-time employment
- Undergraduate starting salary
- Postgraduate learning resources
- Postgraduate overall experience
- Postgraduate student support
- Social equity, and
- First generation students.

University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the latest results highlighted the University’s ongoing commitment to quality education and excellent career outcomes.

“Our University has consistently been recognised for its excellence in undergraduate career success, and these rankings confirm our proven track record,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“Our number one priority will always be our students and they are setting a national best when it comes to graduate starting salaries and employment outcomes.”

The 2022 guide rankings were formulated from nationwide student and graduate surveys and national higher education data, awarding five-star ratings to the top 20 percent of universities in each category.

Professor Mackenzie said the outstanding results stemmed from USQ offering degrees that prepared students for the workplace.

“We develop practical and relevant programs through industry partnerships and, as a result, University of Southern Queensland graduates are in demand and well-equipped to enter the workforce.”

The guide criteria was broken down into quality of educational experience, overall employment rates of graduates and the median salary of graduates from different universities across Australia.

“These rankings show comprehensive and well-rounded results for the University from employment outcomes, learning resources and student support to other areas of great importance such as social equity and first-in-family students,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“This demonstrates that despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the University of Southern Queensland was consistent and dependable in providing students with a positive educational experience with strong graduate outcomes.”

Founded in 1967, the University of Southern Queensland has expanded to three campuses in south Queensland, offering 115 disciplines across 14 fields of study, in person and online.

Applications are now open via QTAC to study at the University of Southern Queensland in 2022.

To find out more you can enjoy the University of Southern Queensland Open Day on the Toowoomba campus (August 15) and the virtual Open Day (August 22).

Further information:

The University of Southern Queensland was awarded five stars for:
- Undergraduate starting salary – 1st in Australia (the median starting salary for USQ graduates employed four months after completing their degree was $70,000)
- Undergraduate full-time employment (77% of USQ undergraduates were employed full-time four months after completing their degree)
- Postgraduate overall experience – 4th in Australia (78% of USQ postgraduates rated their overall university experience positively)
- Postgraduate student support – 4th in Australia (81% of USQ postgraduates rated student support at USQ positively)
- Postgraduate learning resources (84% of postgraduates gave a positive assessment of USQ learning resources)
- First generation - 1st in Queensland, 2nd nationally (52% of USQ domestic students commenced a Bachelor degree whose parents’ education was known and did not exceed a vocational qualification)
- Social equity – 1st in Queensland, 2nd nationally (31% of the USQ cohort came from a low socio-economic or disadvantaged background).

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the latest results highlighted the University’s ongoing commitment to quality education and excellent career outcomes.