Journalism student and part time model, Emily Spickler, 19, was found by a fellow college resident. She had only been in Australia a few weeks.
Police do not yet know how she died but early indications are that her death is not suspicious nor a case of deliberate self-harm.
University deputy vice chancellor Professor Graham Baker would only say Ms Spickler’s body was found in of one of the McGregor College rooms.
Prof Baker said he had spoken to the girl’s parents following her death.
Staff and students at the university have been offered counselling to deal with the death.
Prof Baker paid tribute to the “hard-working” student.
“The very fact she had chosen to come from the US to spend a year studying in another country pursuing her ambitions I think is a testament that she was a dynamic and vibrant person,” he said.
Director of Corporate Communications Dr Aidan Burke said the 19-year-old, from West Virginia, was a happy and popular student and the university community was devastated by her death.
“From all reports she was quite vivacious and quite a happy, well known and well liked student,” he said.