A history of thinking forward
The University of Sydney was founded in 1850 on the principle of providing
people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to realise their potential to make a positive impact in the world through education.
The University’s regular ranking in the top 50 universities worldwide reflects our outstanding reputation (QS World University Rankings 2019). We offer an exceptional range of disciplines – more than 400 areas of study. Our community includes more than 70,000 students, 7500 staff and 350,000 alumni in more than 170 countries.
Our reimagined undergraduate curriculum – the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – provides opportunities for students to choose the way they want to learn, gain hands-on experience, develop workplace-ready skills and shape their education to their interests. We prepare students for whatever challenges lie in the future – jobs that don’t exist yet – so they can make a positive impact on the wider world. Our students also benefit from a global network of more than 270 exchange opportunities in 30 countries.
Unique campus life
Our students enjoy access to more than 200 clubs and societies, sporting and performance facilities, museums, galleries and learning and studying spaces, and one of the world’s most beautiful campuses.
Research across many disciplines
Our research is driven by the big picture and a desire to make a positive impact. We tackle problems by looking at them from all angles, combining expertise and talents of scholars from many disciplines. We’ve invested heavily in interdisciplinary research, in areas including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; nanoscale science and technology; mental health and brain science; and development of a deeper understanding of Southeast Asia and China.
We’re a world-renowned research institution, with 100 percent of our research ranked at world standard or above by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia report.
In creating Australia’s first university, our founders recognised the power of education to change society. We hold that belief just as strongly today.