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 city institution, forming a vital part of the cultural, intellectual and social life of the community. The University has a reputation for research and teaching excellence and is committed to developing quality graduates who are recognised internationally for their knowledge, skills, creativity, global outlook and ability. It has produced more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first indigenous winner, and is associated with five Nobel Laureates.
The University of Adelaide offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees underpinned by world-class research. It has more than 27,000 students, 26% of whom are international students from over 100 countries.
Our campuses and location
The University has three campuses, with the main North Terrace campus in the city centre. The campus is part of the North Terrace cultural boulevard which includes the State Art Gallery, Library and Museum. This campus is home to most undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as to a broad range of research.
The University’s North Terrace campus blends sandstone heritage with state-of-the-art facilities, including Ingkarni Wardli, an innovative engineering, computer science and mathematical sciences building which was awarded Australia’s first Six Star Green Star rating for an education building. Hub Central, at the heart of campus, has transformed the campus student environment, bringing together learning and social spaces with student services.
The Braggs building, named after our Nobel Prize winning alumni Sir William Henry and Sir William Lawrence Bragg, has more than 10,000 square metres of research and teaching facilities and is home to the world-leading Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing.
The University opened the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, based in the new South Australia Health and Biomedical precinct next to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. This A$246 million building has facilities for over 1,600 medicine, dentistry and nursing students and over 600 health researchers.
Our Waite campus, located eight kilometres from the city centre in Adelaide’s foothills, is the pre-eminent plant and agricultural science research site in the southern hemisphere. It has researchers from the University co-located with staff from government research agencies and other industry partners. The Waite campus hosts undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in viticulture and oenology, food and nutrition science, and agricultural sciences. Students benefit from exposure to the world-class research and facilities, which include a Plant Accelerator (a ‘super’ greenhouse), vineyard, winery, orchard and arboretum.
Roseworthy campus, located 55 kilometres north of Adelaide in a rural setting, specialises in dry-land agriculture, animal science and is home to the only veterinary science school in South Australia. Facilities at Roseworthy campus include a Veterinary Health Centre which provides clinical veterinary
services for the public. Student accommodation is available on the Roseworthy campus.
Research at the University of Adelaide
With more than 4,500 research staff and students working together, supported by modern facilities and an innovative culture, the University has all the ingredients to tackle global research challenges and deliver positive impacts for the future. The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative, which measures the quality and impact of research undertaken at Australian universities, rated 82% of our research areas as being above world standard in its last review.
The University of Adelaide has research strengths in the biological sciences; engineering and earth sciences; humanities, creative arts and writing; mathematics; information technology and computer sciences; physical and chemical sciences; social and behavioural sciences; and health and medical sciences.