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.
Establised in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university and is an iconic institution in the city, forming a vital part of the cultural, intellectual and social life of the community.
The University has a reputation for excellence in research and teaching 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 in profile
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 27,000 students, 26% of whom are international students from more than 100 countries.
Our campuses and locations
The University has three main campuses, with the main, historic North Terrace Campus located in the city centre of Adelaide. The campus is part of the North Terrace cultural boulevard which includes the State Art Gallery, Library and Museum. This campus is the location for most undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and 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 engineering, computer science and mathematical sciences building which was awarded Australia’s first Six Star Green Star rating for an eductaion building. Hub Central, in the heart of the campus, has revolutionised the on-campus student environment, bringing together learning and social spaces with student services. The three-level building was designed through a co-creation process that involved over 12,000 hours of combined student and staff consultation. The Braggs building, named after 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’s most recent capital development, opened in February 2017, is the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building (AHMS), located in the new SA Health and Biomedical Precinct adjacent to the state’s new Royal Adelaide Hospital. This new AU$246 million 14-storey building offers state-of-the-art facilities for over 1600 medicine, dentistry and nursing students as well as more than 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, with researchers from the University co-located with staff from government research agencies and other partners. The Waite Campus hosts undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in viticulture and oenology and other agricultural sciences, attracting students who 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 and animal science and is home to the only veterinary science school in South Australia. Facilities at Roseworthy include a veterinary health centre which provides clinical veterinary services for the general 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 of Adelaide 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 conducted at Australian universities, rated 82% of our research areas above world standard in the last performance review.
The University has particular research strengths in areas such as the biological sciences, engineering and earth sciences, humanities, creative arts and writing, mathematics, information technology and computer sciences, physical and chemical sciences and social and behavioural sciences.