About University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a world-class research and higher education institution situated in the heart of one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities. Founded in 1874, we’re Australia’s third oldest university and consistently rank among the world’s elite—in the top one per cent globally and number one in South Australia.

Our reputation for excellence and breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We proudly count among our distinguished alumni: five Nobel Laureates; more than 120 Fulbright Scholars; and over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including two female Indigenous Australian recipients. Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates.

Today, our vibrant high-achieving culture continues to attract some of the world’s best and brightest—academic leaders from all corners of the globe and students from more than 90 countries.


Research impact

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

Our areas of particular strength include: food and wine; defence and security; health and medicine; engineering and technology; life sciences; mining and energy; and the environment.

In all fields, collaboration drives us. Our 1700-plus researchers work closely across multiple disciplines and in productive partnerships with industry, government and other leading research institutions in Australia and abroad.

The resulting output’s quality is near-universally rated ‘world standard or above’ by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Australia assessment (2015).

Approach to teaching

University of Adelaide students learn with the guidance and support of exceptional academic staff, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised leaders in their fields.

Operating at their disciplines’ cutting edge, our academics enthusiastically share their passion for new knowledge and encourage students’ own pursuits of world-changing discoveries; a process facilitated by low student-to-staff ratios.

The University also provides a wide range of student support services and opportunities. These include: scholarships; accommodation services; mentoring; industry internships; career services; counselling; and many social, cultural and sporting clubs.

This nurturing environment—and unwavering commitment to the highest teaching standards—ensures students are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and make significant contributions to the world.

Working here

Everything the University of Adelaide has achieved in its more than 140 years—every young mind we’ve educated, every research breakthrough we’ve made—is thanks to the outstanding quality of its people, both academic and professional.

Our staff are part of this proud tradition of excellence. Throughout their careers here, we help them grow professionally… develop and diversify their skills… keep pace with societal and workforce change… and—whether directly or indirectly—have a positive, meaningful impact on our community.

In this way, everything that happens here at Adelaide—from educating our next generation of leaders, to advancing new knowledge, and engaging with industry and society—is part of a larger story of success and achievement.

Equally, we are committed to principles of equity and diversity. We support and celebrate female leadership and Indigenous Australian employment, and draw upon imaginative, innovative and highly skilled people from across the globe.

Destination: Adelaide and South Australia

Adelaide is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities—renowned for affordability, accessibility, friendliness, cultural and sporting attractions, quality of life and climate.

Adelaide is blessed with a vibrant food and wine scene. The city’s diverse cultural mix ensures a wide range of high-quality restaurants and cafes. There are also numerous major events, with the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival among the annual highlights.

Adelaide’s climate is considered Mediterranean, which means residents enjoy four distinct seasons, with ample blue sky and sunshine. This weather perfectly reflects South Australians’ renowned warmth of character and welcoming, hospitable natures.

The city sits on a large stretch of western-facing coastline, which means beautiful sunsets over the ocean and great air quality. There are also many beautiful parks, green spaces and quiet suburbs, making walking and cycling easy and safe ways to get around.

Importantly, living in Adelaide is affordable, with the cost of travel, eating out, and renting or buying a house all considerably lower than in other Australian cities.

Explore rankings data for University of Adelaide

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Key statistics

  • 30.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 27%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 49 : 51
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 21,339
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings



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