The University of Adelaide

At the University of Adelaide, we unite and serve those striving to change the world—and themselves—for the better. This is a place where you can make history.

Established in 1874, we’re home to over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, all working to create progress. For our community. For all.

This is a university of outstanding quality—ranked among the top 1% globally—in the heart of one of Australia’s most liveable cities*.

Relentlessly progressive

Adelaide has made a habit of breaking new ground. We were Australia’s first university to welcome female students. The first to offer science and business degrees. The first with a conservatorium of music.

Among those who’ve studied, taught, or conducted research here are Australia’s first female prime minister; the first Australian astronaut to walk in space; our country’s first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar; and Australia’s first female Supreme Court judge, state governor and university chancellor. That’s in addition to the 2021 Young Australian of the Year; 2020 Australian of the Year; and five Nobel Prize winners.

Exceptional education and research

Our bold spirit continues to drive us to excel. In education, we’re recognised among the top 100 universities globally in 23 different subject areas†. And we’re ranked #1 in our state for graduate employability**. Here, you’ll gain both deep discipline knowledge and broad, transferable skills, ensuring you emerge well prepared for a multidimensional career in the future workforce.

In research, we’re rising to challenges in a huge range of fields, with work universally rated world-standard or above^. In fact, our output is recognised as ‘well above’ world standard in 41 distinct areas. These range from space sciences, materials engineering and AI, to cardiorespiratory medicine, crop production and environmental science.

Together, let’s make history.

*Economist Intelligence Unit, 2021. ^Excellence in Research Australia, 2018 (the most recent assessment date). †Total unique entries across QS World University Rankings by Subject, and Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021. **QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2020.

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Key Highlights

  • #1 ranked university in South Australia:
    • #111 in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2022
    • #108 in QS World University Rankings
    • #133 in Academic Rankings of World Universities.
  • #1 in South Australia for graduate employability (QS Employability Rankings, 2020).
  • South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ research-intensive universities.
  • Associated with one third of all of Australia’s Nobel Laureates—five in total.
  • Over 120 Fulbright Scholars and 109 Rhodes Scholars among our alumni.
  • A truly global institution:
    • around 30% of 25,000 students come from overseas
    • half of the academic staff were born internationally or hold dual citizenships.
  • 100% of our research sub-fields are rated ‘world standard or above’ (Excellence in Research Australia, 2018).


North Terrace
The University of Adelaide's main campus is the site of most teaching and research facilities, as well as excellent educational and social facilities.

Roseworthy is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture and animal production. This campus is also home to a number of collaborative centres.

Waite is located just 7km south-east of the city and is the pre-eminent plant and agricultural science research site in the Southern Hemisphere.


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2025 The University of Adelaide International Guide
2024 The University of Adelaide International Guide
2025 The University of Adelaide Postgraduate Research Prospectus
2024 The University of Adelaide International Guide (Chinese)