• The campus at the University of Adelaide. Photo credit: University of AdelaideThe campus at the University of Adelaide. Photo credit: University of Adelaide
  • Science students working in a crop field. Photo credit: University of AdelaideScience students working in a crop field. Photo credit: University of Adelaide
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The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution situated in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities*. 

Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third-oldest university. It is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities globally and as number one in South Australia. 

Our reputation for excellence and for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We proudly count among our distinguished alumni five Nobel Laureates and over 100 Rhodes Scholars. Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates. 

We are a home from home for academic leaders from all corners of the globe and for students from more than 100 countries. 

* The Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Index 2018 ranked Adelaide the tenth most liveable city in the world

Outstanding teaching

University of Adelaide students learn with the guidance and support of exceptional academic staff. Operating at the cutting edge of their chosen disciplines, they enthusiastically share their passion for new knowledge and encourage students to make their own pursuits of world-changing discoveries. 

The University also provides
a wide range of student support services and opportunities. It is this nurturing environment – alongside our unwavering commitment to the highest teaching standards – that enables our students to fufil their potential and make significant contributions to the world. The University of Adelaide education experience equips graduates with: 

  • Career and leadership readiness 
  • Deep discipline knowledge

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork and communication capabilities
  • Intercultural and ethical competency

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Global research impact

The University of Adelaide is committed to conducting world-class research with global, real-world impact. A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we strive to enhance and sustain life for people and planet by addressing the world’s most significant challenges. 

Notable areas of particular research strength at the University include: Food and wine; defence and security; health and medicine; engineering and technology; life sciences; mining and energy; and the environment. 


The University of Adelaide
 has three campuses in South Australia: North Terrace, Roseworthy and Waite.

North Terrace 

The University’s main campus
on North Terrace is renowned
for its historic architecture and lively atmosphere. Located in the heart of Adelaide’s central business and shopping district, the North Terrace campus is adjacent to the State Library; Adelaide Festival Centre; South Australian Museum; the Art Gallery of South Australia; Adelaide Zoo, and the Botanic Gardens. The University’s Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building is also within walking distance, in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct. 


The Waite campus is home to
the internationally renowned Waite Research Institute, the largest agricultural research institute in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. Staff and students work closely with co-located research partners, providing a unique opportunity
 for collaboration on national and international research projects. Research areas include wine, 
plant biotechnology, plant breeding, sustainable agriculture and land management. 


Roseworthy campus is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture, natural resource management and animal production. Set on over 1,600 hectares of land, it is home to South Australia’s only veterinary school, offering teaching and research in animal and veterinary sciences and ensuring Adelaide students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience while studying. The campus is located 55 kilometres north of Adelaide and 10 kilometres from the town
 of Gawler (population 26,000).

The key data

  • Ranked in top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars 
  • Member of the Australian Group of Eight 
  • Associated with five Nobel Prize winners 

World rankings: 

  • 135 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 
  • 106 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings 
  • 139 in Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) 

Academic discipline strengths at the University of Adelaide include: 

We are proud to be ranked in the world’s top 100 in the 16 academic subjects below, as measured by the QS World University Rankings By Subject 2019. We are in the world’s top 50 for four of these subjects: 

  • Mineral and mining engineering (ranked 26 in the world) 
  • Dentistry (ranked 31)
  • Nursing (ranked 42)
  • Veterinary science (ranked 43) 
  • Medicine

  • Law
  • Engineering (civil and structural)

  • Engineering (chemical)

  • Agriculture and forestry 
  • Anatomy and physiology 
  • Earth and marine sciences 
  • Environmental sciences 
  • Geography

  • Accounting and finance 
  • Anthropology

  • Philosophy 

In these further ten fields we are ranked just outside the top 100: Architecture; computer science and information systems; economics and econometrics; electrical and electronic engineering; biological sciences; psychology; mathematics; physics and astronomy; English language and literature and education. 

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