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 22,000 equivalent-full-time students and 3,000 staff, all working to create progress. Ours is a university of outstanding quality—ranked among the top 1% globally—in the heart of Australia’s most liveable city*.
Adelaide has always broken new ground. We were Australia’s first university to welcome female students. The first offering 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; space-walking astronaut; Indigenous Rhodes Scholar; and female Supreme Court judge and state governor. That’s in addition to five Nobel Prize winners.
Exceptional research and education
As a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we’re rising to global challenges with research 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.
As a teaching university, we’re ranked among the top 100 globally in 23 subject areas†. In nine—including computer science, dentistry and civil engineering—we’re top-50.
We also lead our state in graduate employability**. Our degrees combine deep discipline knowledge with broad, transferable skills, ensuring graduates are well prepared for multidimensional careers in the future workforce.
*Economist Intelligence Unit, 2021. ^Excellence in Research Australia, 2018 (the most recent assessment date). †Total unique entries across QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022), Times Higher Education (2022), and Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject (2021). **QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2022.