• The campus at the University of Adelaide. Photo credit: University of AdelaideThe campus at the University of Adelaide. Photo credit: University of Adelaide
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The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world.

Established in 1874, Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university and is an iconic institution in the city, contributing significantly to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the State and forming a vital part of the cultural, social and intellectual life of the community.

The University of Adelaide has a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence and for producing graduates who make an impact. It has produced over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous winner, with five Nobel Laureates among its alumni community.

The University of Adelaide is a comprehensive university, offering a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes underpinned by world-class research and placing high priority on the student learning experience. It has more than 25,000 students, 30% of whom are international students from more than 90 countries, all participating in a vibrant campus life. The annual Graduate Careers Australia survey places us in the top echelon of Australian universities for teacher quality, skills development and overall student satisfaction.

Our campuses and locations

The University has four campuses, with the historic main campus in the Adelaide CBD. It is part of the North Terrace cultural boulevard including the State Art Gallery, Library and Museum. It is the main location of undergraduate teaching and the base for a broad range of research. It includes the nearby National Wine Centre.

The North Terrace Campus blends sandstone heritage with state-of-the-art facilities – including Ingkarni Wardli, an innovative A$100 million engineering, computer and mathematical sciences building awarded Australia’s first Six Star Green Star rating for an education building – and a dedicated student learning space, Hub Central, which has revolutionised the on-campus student environment, bringing together learning and social spaces in the heart of the campus. The University’s most recent capital development, the Braggs, opened in 2013 and is home to the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and other unique research and learning spaces.

Waite Campus, located at Urrbrae in Adelaide’s foothills, is the pre-eminent plant and agricultural science research site in the southern hemisphere, with a critical mass of 1,200 researchers from the University and co-located partners. The Waite Campus hosts undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in viticulture and oenology, agricultural sciences and food and nutritional sciences, attracting both local and international students who benefit from exposure to the world-class research and facilities.

Roseworthy Campus, north of Adelaide, is a centre for excellence in dryland agriculture and animal production and the home of teaching and research in animal and veterinary sciences. It is based on a 1,600 hectare working farm and hosts South Australia’s only Vet School, established in 2008. Leading Veterinary Health Centres provide public clinical veterinary services as well as research, diagnostic and teaching facilities.

Thebarton Campus is a research and technology park which helps to facilitate links between Adelaide and business and industry.

Research at the University of Adelaide

The University's reputation for world-leading original research continues today with 60 of its research areas rated at or above world class in the 2012 Excellence in Research For Australia report. The University is a destination of choice for highly talented researchers and academics from all over the world.

Much of the research at the University of Adelaide is driven by the biggest challenges facing our world. The University has recently established five major world-class research institutes, bringing together a community of 1,200 leading researchers and research students to tackle national and global research priorities in the areas of the environment; health; defence; food and wine; mining and energy; and agriculture. Already making names for themselves, these institutes are:

  • The Environment Institute
  • The Robinson Institute
  • The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
  • The Waite Research Institute
  • The Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources

Other key areas of research strength at the University include biological sciences; humanities; engineering and earth science; law; creative arts; mathematics; information technology and computer sciences; physical and chemical sciences; and social and behavioural sciences.