University of Sydney

60 th
World University Rankings 2020
25 th
University Impact Ranking 2019
61–70 th
World Reputation Rankings 2019
Level 1, The Box Factory K06, 1 - 3 Ross Street, Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2006, Australia

The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading, comprehensive research and teaching universities. Our community – which stretches across the globe – includes more than 70,000 students, 7500 staff, and 350,000 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.

Investing in the future

We have invested more than $1.5 billion in multidisciplinary initiatives in the last decade, to enable our academic staff to improve the lives of people in Australia and around the world

Our research is driven by the big picture. From combating the world’s deadliest diseases to inventing tiny devices that make a super-sized difference to computing, we excel in innovative collaboration.

Supported by more than 90 research centres, our researchers are finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges – and many others – by changing the way they look at them. Find out more at

We work with the best Australian and international companies to generate products, systems and services that benefit the communities we serve – locally, nationally and globally.

We’re also helping to support an ecosystem of innovative small and medium-sized companies in our region.

A distinctive education

The world is changing, and university education needs to change as well. We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

We recognise that the future of work will be very different, so it’s our ambition that every University of Sydney student will complete their degree with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world.

With more than 400 areas of study and 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 more than 70,000 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 among the top 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 more than 3,000 academic staff at the University of 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) 2018, all 22 broad fields of research undertaken at the University were rated as above or well above world standard.

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Key statistics

  • 20.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 39%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 45,111
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2020 World University Rankings