- an informal group of the oldest universities, occupying the top ranks among the most prestigious universities of Australia. Group is called "sandstone universities", because of the great age of their buildings and the material the first campuses were built of (sandstone). The analogues of such group of universities are the following associations: Redbrick universities and Plate Glass Universities in the UK and the Ivy League in the U.S.
Key features of these universities are their prestige and focus on research, as well as a strong theoretical base. According to statistics, students from these universities are children from wealthy families, and usually after graduation they occupy more highly paid and influential positions.
List of Sandstone Universities