Campion the Number 1 BA in Australia Four Years in a Row

2020-SES-Article-Featured-Image. Campion College Australia.
2020-SES-Article-Featured-Image. Campion College Australia.
18 Mar 2021

Australia’s first liberal arts college has held its place as the country’s number one Bachelor of Arts degree provider for four years running.

Campion College, based in Western Sydney, scored an impressive 96.9 per cent on Quality of Entire Educational Experience in the 2019-2020 nationwide Student Experience Survey, released today by the federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Campion not only remains the top BA in the country for educational experience – more than 10 percentage points higher than the highest-rated university – it also retained its number one spot for Learner Engagement in Australia at 95.9 per cent.

While Australia's universities dropped in overall ratings, Campion held its place in the top 10 institutions across all of QILT’s measures, attaining third place overall for Quality of Experience, Teaching Quality, Skills Development and Student Support.




Campion president Dr Paul Morrissey said he was extremely proud of the college’s achievement, pointing to Campion’s commitment to intimate class sizes and face-to-face learning for its success.

“At Campion we believe that a degree should be a formative experience, in which you don’t merely learn facts, figures or theories, but rather to assess them critically, question them, and discuss and debate them both in class and out,” Dr Morrissey said.

“In short, we believe in teaching our students not what to think, but how to think.”

While moving to online classes for the first time in the first semester of 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, face-to-face classes returned in August, and have continued in 2021.

“We’re very fortunate to have a smaller student body, as it means we’ve been able to bring all our students back onto campus, with safety protocols in place,” Dr Morrissey said.

“So much of the Campion experience is the community, the small class sizes, as well as easy access to the lecturers, and we believe this has contributed to our place as the number one institution for Learner Engagement.”

Campion offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts, focusing on four key disciplines: history, literature, philosophy and theology, with optional units in science, mathematics, Latin and Ancient Greek. Click here to find out more.