Standing proudly among the world’s elite, the University of Adelaide is unique: a future-focused institution creating a better tomorrow for all – and preparing new generations to lead it – in the heart of one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities*.
Ours is a richly diverse global community. Here, talented and motivated people are empowered to pursue their passions at the highest standards, while enjoying rare quality of life. We welcome over 27,000 students – around 30% international, from more than 100 countries – and over 3,600 staff.
This vibrant environment inspires growth and creativity; nurtures social connection and friendship; and enables innovative professional collaboration to meet the world’s most pressing social, industrial and environmental challenges.
*The Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Index, 2019
Driven by excellence
Since our establishment in 1874, we’ve been associated with one third of Australia’s Nobel Laureates and over 100 Rhodes Scholars. Our distinguished alumni also include Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge, and the country’s first member of NASA’s elite astronaut corps. Our focus, however, remains on making history, not resting on it.
Our students learn with the support and guidance of exceptional staff, all operating at the cutting edge of their chosen academic disciplines. Our academics enthusiastically share their passion for new knowledge, and inspire students to fulfil their potential and make real contributions to the world.
Hundreds of Adelaide scholarships are awarded annually, offering fee reductions of between 15% and 30%. For full details, please visit this page.
Global research impact
The University is committed to world-class research with global impact. All our research output is assessed as being world-standard or above, with work in 41 fields rated 5/5^. Our greatest research strengths include: Agriculture, food and wine; defence and security; health and medicine; engineering and technology; life sciences; mining and energy; and the environment.
^Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018.
Careers and employability
We work closely with government, business and industry stakeholders to understand their real needs—immediate, emerging and future. Our students are taught in facilities that are state-of-the-art, using world-leading technology. They graduate with outstanding career opportunities, well prepared to step up as leaders and innovators anywhere in the world.
Our three campuses
North Terrace Campus
This is the main campus. Located in the heart of Adelaide on the city’s premier cultural boulevard, North Terrace, it’s renowned for a stunning mix of historic and contemporary architecture, and lively atmosphere. It is bordered on one side by the city centre, and on the other by the River Torrens and lush parkland. These are home to our playing fields, rowing club and the iconic Adelaide Oval. The Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building is also within walking distance.
Waite campus is home to our internationally renowned Waite Research Institute – the largest agricultural research institute in the southern hemisphere and third largest in the world. Its areas of expertise include plant breeding, plant biotechnology, sustainable agriculture and land management, and wine. Waite campus is also where all our agriculture and food sciences, viticulture and oenology degrees are taught. It has a fully operational vineyard and winery.
Roseworthy campus is a globally recognised centre for excellence in dryland agriculture, natural resource management and animal production. Located 55km north of Adelaide, it’s home to one of Australia’s most highly ranked veterinary science programmes, and an innovative suite of degrees in animal science, veterinary technology and animal behaviour.
Rankings and reputation
The key data
- Ranked in top 1% of universities worldwide
- Associated with five Nobel Prize winners
- Has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars
- Member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight
- 120 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020
- 106 QS World University Rankings, 2020
- 137 Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019
Top 100 globally* in subjects
- Mineral and mining engineering (26)
- Dentistry (31)
- Nursing (42)
- Veterinary science (43)
- Engineering (civil and structural)
- Engineering (chemical)
- Agriculture and forestry
- Anatomy and physiology
- Earth and marine sciences
- Environmental sciences
- Accounting and finance
Top 150 globally* in Architecture; computer science and information systems; economics and econometrics; electrical and electronic engineering; biological sciences; psychology; mathematics; physics and astronomy; English language and literature; education.
* QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2019.