Facts, figures and rankings

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to making an impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students.

Key stats

Year founded 1887
Year established as a university   1992
Student enrolments (2019) 97,193
Student completions (2019) 25,433
Staff inclu casual (headcount 2019) 11,189
Student exchange agreements / Credit arrangements
272
Proportion of international co-authored publications 54.9%
Total revenue (2019) $1,519 million

RMIT is ranked in the world’s top 500 in every major ranking schema. 

RMIT at a glance

Student enrolments (headcount) 1 2016 2017 2018 2019
Higher Education (HE) 64,182  68,097 71,903 75,361
Vocational Education (VE) 14,573  14,783 14,936 15,750
Foundation Studies (FS)
1,292 1,267 1,387 1,344
Open Universities Australia (OUA)
4,235 3,296 2,847 2,457
ELICOS 3,023 2,888 2,515 2,281
TOTAL 87,305 90,331 93,588 97,193
Student load (EFTSL/EFTS) 2 2016 2017 2018 2019
Higher Education (HE)
47,336
49,408
51,701
54,004
Vocational Education (VE)
9,419
9,773
9,427
9,999
Foundation Studies (FS)
1,479 966 1,008
970
Open Universities Australia (OUA)
1,347 916 782 686
ELICOS 468 456 396 364
TOTAL RMIT 60,049 61,520 63,314 66,022
International Students 2016 2017 2018 2019
% International onshore students 17.6% 19.7% 21.0% 23%
% International offshore students 20.7% 19.1% 18.0% 18%
Global Activity 2016 2017 2018 2019
International institutional MOUs 208 212 202 154
Number of birth countries for student population 191 190 214 197
Program Completions 2016 2017 2018 2019
Higher Education 16,731 17,799 18,737 6,737
Vocational Education 6,042 5,719 5,609 6,020
TOTAL 22,773 23,518 24,346 25,433
Staff 2016 2017 2018 2019
Staff FTE (Australia and Vietnam) 5,616 5,827 6,105 6,737
Staff incl casual (Headcount) 10,838 10,803 11,331 11,189
Research 2016 2017 2018 2019
Publications in top 25% most-cited in the world 35.6% 36.3% 37.2% 37.5%
Finance 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Revenue $1,226m $1,307.5m $1,433m $1,519m
Total Assets $2,025m $3,329m $3,394m $3,661m

1  Enrolments (headcount) represent full year data

2  EFTSL - Equivalent Full Time Student Load

    EFTS - Equivalent Full Time Student Load. This is a VE measurement of a Standard load based on contact hours (SCH/720)

    SCH - Student Contact Hours

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer