Macquarie University, known as Australia's innovative university, began in
Sydney in 1967. Today, the university is a multifaceted institution situated
in the heart of one of Australia's leading high technology parks. The 125-hectare campus is located 18 kilometers northwest of Sydney's central business district and enjoys a magnificent natural brush land setting. A modern shopping complex is adjacent to the campus and there is a regular bus service into downtown Sydney. The Macquarie University Library has a collection of over one million books and periodicals and provides seating for 1,850 readers. The library offers free and open access to the books and periodicals collections as well as lending privileges and reference services to all students. International Students play an important role in the life of the University, with over 3,200 international students currently studying on campus within a total student population of 21,000.
Academic Program Highlights
The program at Macquarie University offers a wide variety of courses including Australian and Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, History, Politics, Psychology, Business, Computing, Education, Languages, Biology, Environmental Studies, Literature, Communications, Sociology Hotel Management and Religious Studies. Interested students should have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher.
Macquarie University life is more than study, and in addition to its excellent teaching facilities, it offers an abundance of social and sporting opportunities. The active Sports Association has more than thirty clubs for everything from athletics to water sports. There are squash, netball, tennis, and badminton courts available. In addition, there is a gym and weight-training area, a sauna, a brush track, and four sports fields. The Students' Union organizes many activities on campus, including rock bands, Market Days, and regular art and craft activities. Students at Macquarie University are housed in various accommodation options on and around campus, including seventy-five new five-bedroom townhouses, which are self-catered. There are also independent apartments close to campus. The Accommodations Office assists students in finding temporary and permanent housing.