The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading, comprehensive research and teaching universities – we sit in the top one percent of universities worldwide.
Our community – which stretches across the globe – includes more than 60,000 students, 3000 academic staff, and 300,000 alumni.
Leadership has always been at the core of our values. We were one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit, and to open our doors to women on the same basis as men. Our aim is to make lives better not just by producing leaders of society, but through equipping our people with the qualities that allow them to serve all of our communities at every level.
In creating the first university in Australia in 1850, our founders recognised the power of education to inspire positive change. We hold that belief just as strongly today.
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The Sydney Undergraduate Experience
The world is changing, so we’ve reimagined the way we teach and the way you’ll learn. Every Sydney student will graduate with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world.
With over 400 areas of study and over 200 clubs and societies, the University of Sydney has something to offer all students, both inside and outside the classroom. Our student experience has consistently been ranked as the best in Australia, and by providing over 50,000 students with the opportunity to thrive, we are committed to encouraging and creating future leaders.
The University of Sydney was the first university in Australia, and we offer the widest range of courses of any university in the country. We are consistently ranked in the top 0.3 percent of universities in the world, and are committed to fostering a community where the best minds from around the world can come together. The University of Sydney was one of the first universities in the world to admit students based solely on merit, and today we are committed to providing equal opportunity to anybody wanting to study here.
The University of Sydney draws students not only from all over Australia, but from all over the world, so not only are our students learning their coursework, but more importantly, they are learning from each other. Every student has something to offer our community, and everybody’s path is unique. Our graduates go on to be leaders in their chosen fields, and we strive to ensure that our students have every opportunity to live up to their potential from day one.
At the University of Sydney, we are committed to encouraging innovation and excellence across the board, and helping all our academic staff live up to their greatest potential.
We come from all corners of the globe. We reach across multidisciplinary barriers to find unique solutions to improve and transform the lives of others. We enjoy a true sense of community and belonging, stimulating scholarly exchange and the opportunity to engage in world-class research.
We value open minds, avid curiosity and a readiness to take on the big questions and finding solutions to real world problems. We encourage vigorous debate, and we believe that differing perspectives can make good ideas great.
With over 3,000 academic staff at Sydney, we aim to foster innovation and collaboration in research across fields and disciplines. We believe that our researchers, in collaboration with each other and students, can make important differences in the wider world, and we are dedicated to providing the best opportunities and facilities to help innovative ideas come to fruition. In Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015, 81 per cent of our fields of research performed well above the world standard, and all our research ranked at world standard or above.