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 Australia’s most liveable city*.
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.