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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1965
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • University Drive, Callaghan, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 2308
    • Phone:
    • +61249215000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle (UoN), informally known as Newcastle University, is an Australian public university established in 1965. It has a primary campus in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales. The university also operates campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore, Newcastle CBD and Sydney CBD. Historically, the University of Newcastle Medical School has implemented the problem-based learning system for its undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine program – a system later mandated for use by the Australian Medical Council throughout Australia. It pioneered use of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the early 1990s. UMAT has since been accepted widely by different medical schools across Australia as an additional selection criteria.

Academic Highlights

In 2002, UON Singapore established its Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, a flagship program developed in response to a demand for professionals in Singapore, and isn’t even currently available at UON’s Australia branch! Not only this, but all courses are specifically designed with the needs of industry in mind. The Industry Advisory Committee, for example, comprises practising professionals from industry and government; these qualified individuals meet regularly with UON Singapore’s academic staff to review the university’s degrees and discuss improvements. This is done for the sole purpose of ensuring students receive the best possible academic experience.

Life in University of Newcastle

There are over 80 UON student clubs and societies, and so many reasons to join. You can be part of something fun, social, and rewarding, where you can make new friends, stay active and social, all while you study. Work/life balance is important for your success as a student. You might want to support a charity, start a new hobby or network with the people from your discipline, degree or faculty… your choice.

School Ranking

The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for being one of the world's most prestigious universities. The University of Newcastle has a proud history of achievement that has led to strong outcomes in international university rankings. Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best. UON Singapore ranked 207 in the world, 10 Subjects ranked in the Top 200 in the world, 95% of our research is ‘at’ or ‘above world standard’


UON takes applications in the months of February and July. Applicants are advised to submit applications a minimum of 12 weeks before intended semester. Applicants can apply to any of the programs at UON either Online or by downloading the offline form.

Notable Alumni

The UON has a list of some notable alumni that includes Steve Abbott (Actor & comedian), David Berthold (Theatre director), Scott Bevan (Journalist), Jonathan Biggins (Actor, writer, & singer), Pete Gray (Environmental activist), Christian Heim (Composer), Paul A. Broad (Former CEO of Infrastructure NSW), Ross Gittins (Economist & journalist), Susie Porter (Actress), Peter Stutchbury (Famous architect), Janeen Webb (Author), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Actor), Stephen Skinner (Author), Mikey Robins (Comedian and Tv personality), John Hughes (Writer) and John Doyle (Actor, comedian, & broadcaster).

Acceptance Rate

The average acceptance rate of University of Newcastle is 87%. University of Newcastle offers more than 100 programs with over 1000 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and certificate levels. 

Other Campuses
    • 10 Chittaway Road, Ourimbah, New South Wales, Australia
    • 55 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • 6 Temasek Boulevard, #10-02/03, Suntec Tower 4, Singapore



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