Template:Infobox Australian University Macquarie University is a university located in North Ryde, a north-western suburb of Sydney, Australia. It is adjacent to the Macquarie Centre, a large shopping centre for the district. Macquarie University is a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia.
In the 1960s, with Sydney expanding rapidly, the need arose for a third tertiary institution (in addition to the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney). The location was chosen to be North Ryde, and after much debate, it was decided that it be named after Lachlan Macquarie, an important early governor of the colony of New South Wales. The university was formally established in 1964 with the passage of the Macquarie University Act 1964 by New South Wales Government, and opened to students in 1967.
The Macquarie Graduate School of Management was established in 1969. In 1990 the university absorbed the Institute of Early Childhood Studies of the Sydney College of Advanced Education, under the terms of the Higher Education (Amalgamation) Act 1989.
College of Commerce
- Division of Economics and Financial Studies covers the fields of Accounting, Economics, Business, Statistics, Actuarial Studies and Finance.
- Macquarie Graduate School of Management is a business school run by the university.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Australian Centre for Educational Studies includes the school of Education and the Institute of Early Childhood.
- Division of Humanities includes the departments of Ancient History, Modern History, Languages and Politics.
- Division of Law includes the departments of Law and Business Law.
- Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy. covers the areas of Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, International Communications, Media, Sociology, Philosophy, Women's Studies, and Cultural Studies.
College of Science and Technology
- Division of Environmental and Life Sciences covers the fields of Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental science and Chiropractic medicine
- Division of Linguistics and Psychology includes the departments of Linguistics and Psychology
- Division of Information and Communication Sciences which covers Mathematics, Physics, Electronics and Computer Science
The university offers many types of programmes, from Bachelor's degrees through to Doctorate level qualifications. Courses may be offered as full-time, part-time or through correspondence. Membership to the students' union Students at Macquarie (SAM) is currently compulsory for all students (according to the Australian law - see Universal Student Unionism), and provides a number of services to students.
The biggest event at the university is Conception Day, an annual festival put on by SAM. Traditionally held on the last day of classes before the September mid-semester break, the day is supposedly named after the day the university's namesake, Lachlan Macquarie, was conceived (although this is in fact impossible, since Lachlan Macquarie's birthday was on January 31). It features many big-name bands, amusement rides and a lot of sun and alcohol. Previously open to all, entry to Conception Day 2005 was for the first time restricted to Macquarie University students and staff.
Transport to and from the university is primarily by bus and car, although students who live on or near campus will often walk or ride. Currently the nearest railway station is at Epping, however the university will have its own station with the completion of the Epping to Chatswood Line in 2008.
While the majority of students reside off-campus, there are several options on-campus for accommodation. Dunmore Lang College and Robert Menzies College are both traditional residential colleges, providing students with individual rooms and fully catered meals. Macquarie University Village provides townhouse style accommodation.
The university has a large number of sporting clubs and extensive facilities, which are co-ordinated by the Macquarie University Sports Association (MUSA). Clubs participate in local competitions and also send teams to the annual Australian University Games. One of the most famous clubs is the Rugby Club, which recently won a Bronze medal at the prestigious Australian University Games in Perth.
180 Degrees  is a volunteer-run student organisation that attempts to provide services and culture for students where the organisation feels the university is lacking. Established in reaction to the lack of student representation and the perceived corruption of the Students Council (MUSC) , 180 Degrees was formed in an effort to return student representation to the student body, and create a cultural life on campus to "Turn university into more than just a degree mill".
- Margaret Pomeranz, film critic
- three of the four Wiggles, children's entertainers
- Colleen McCullough, Author
- Peter Andren, Member for Calare in the Australian House of Representatives (Independent)
- Carl Scully, New South Wales Minister for Police
- Tanya Plibersek, MP for the Federal seat of Sydney
- The emblem of the university depicts Macquarie Lighthouse, the first and longest operating lighthouse in Australia.
- Macquarie University is nicknamed "Club Mac" (an allusion to Club Med), because Macquarie students supposedly have more holidays than their counterparts from the other universities in Sydney. This is only half-true, for while Macquarie students have longer holidays, they do not have pre-exam breaks ("stuvac" or studying vacation) as students from the other universities do. Typically, full-time undergraduate students attend classes for 26 weeks a year, this excludes exam time, which can add 1-4 weeks to each semester (depending on timetabling and individual circumstances).
- Macquarie University does not have a swimming pool, however construction has been scheduled to begin in 2005. It has its own golf driving range which is open to the public. It also has a real tennis court, one of only four in Australia (and the only one in Sydney).
- A one-day alternative music festival was held on the Macquarie University campus in 1997 called Equinox (as it was held on the Southern Hemisphere Autumn equinox) - which included major international acts including Tool, Skunk Anansie and incidently, a then relatively unknown Blink 182. Unfortunately, noise complaints were received from neigbouring suburbs including Epping and Beecroft. The cause was apparently the just constructed M2 Motorway as it had "channeled" the sound from university into the neigbouring suburbs, and subsequently no major rock concerts have been held at Macquarie since.
- There are rumours that radioactive waste was dumped near the present site of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management during the early 1960s, although this has never been substantiated.
- Macquarie University is also home to the Macquarie Dictionary
- Macquarie University has Australia's largest Student Life group, a Christian movement with groups on universities across Australia.
- 40 years - a visual history of Macquarie University 1964-2004 (Macquarie University Alumni Office)