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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1850
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia, 2006
    • Phone:
    • +61286271444
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of University of Sydney

The University of Sydney (informally, USyd or USYD) is an Australian public research university in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850, it was Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. The university of Sydney is colloquially known as one of Australia's sandstone universities. Its campus is ranked in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post, spreading across the inner-city suburbs of Camperdown and Darlington. The university comprises 9 faculties and university schools, through which it offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Five Nobel and two Crafoord laureates have been affiliated with the university as graduates and faculty. The university has educated seven Australian prime ministers, two Governors-General of Australia, nine state governors and territory administrators, and 24 justices of the High Court of Australia, including four chief justices. Sydney has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars and several Gates Scholars.The University of Sydney is a member of the Group of Eight, Academic Consortium 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities(APRU), the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, the Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN), the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Worldwide Universities Network.   

Academic Highlights

Arts and Humanities; Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health; Engineering and Technology; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Social Science; Business and Economics; Computer Science; Law; Education; Psychology.

Life in University of Sydney

Politically and academically, undergraduate students are represented by the Students' Representative Council (SRC) and postgraduate students by the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA). University of Sydney Union: The University of Sydney Union (USU) is the oldest and largest university union in Australia. USU provides a range of activities, programs, services and facilities geared at giving students the university experience. This involves delivering a huge Clubs and Societies program, a varied entertainment program, student opportunities, a range of catering and retail services plus buildings and recreational spaces for students, staff and visitors.The SRC and Union are both governed by student representatives, who are elected by students each year. Elections for the USU board of directors occur in first semester; elections for the SRC President, and for members of the Students' Representative Council itself, occur in second semester, along with a separate election for the editorial board of the student newspaper Honi Soit, which is published by the SRC. The elections are usually closely contested, and result in much of the main campus being covered with chalk messages from the various candidates.

School Ranking

The University of Sydney (56) appears to be ranked third in Australia.The 2019 QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Sydney 42nd in the world, third nationally and top-ranked university in New South Wales. It is ranked 25th in the world by academic reputation.By Subject, QS ranked the University of Sydney in the top 50 across all five broad subject areas.

  • 15th in Arts and Humanities
  • 39th in Engineering and Technology
  • 15th in Life Sciences and Medicine
  • 43rd in Natural Sciences
  • 14th in Social Sciences and Management

Additionally, Sydney is ranked 2nd in Sports-related Subjects, 10th in Anatomy & Physiology, 11th in Veterinary Science, 12th in Education, 14th in Law and Legal Studies, 15th in Nursing, 16th in Architecture, 18th in Accounting and Finance, 18th in English Language and Literature, 18th in Medicine and 18th in Pharmacy and Pharmacology. The 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings ranked University of Sydney graduates 4th most employable in the world, 1st in Australia, and 2nd in the Asia Pacific region. In 2012, a human resources consultancy in Paris conducted a survey of recruiters in 20 countries and ranked Sydney as 49th in the world for employability. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 ranked the University of Sydney 59th in the world and 3rd in Australia. The University of Sydney Business School has cemented its place among the world's leading providers of business education with accreditation from AMBA, a leading authority on postgraduate management studies, thereby achieving the top one percent "triple crown" status.



  • a medicine degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or 

a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline and completed a minimum of two years work equivalent to a first or second class honors bachelor's degree or pass a preliminary examination(s) as prescribed by the school.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Master 

  • completion of the requirements for the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry)
  • an average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream units of study; and
  • any other requirements as stated by the faculty at the time of application.
  • The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice.

Notable Alumni

Notable alumni of Sydney include seven Prime Ministers, the most of any university, three Chief Justices of the High Court, four Federal Opposition Leaders, two Governors-General, nine Federal Attorneys-General, and 24 Justices of the High Court—more than any other law school in Australia. The faculty has also produced 24 Rhodes Scholars and several Gates Scholars. Internationally, alumni of Sydney Law School include the third President of the United Nations General Assembly and a President of the International Court of Justice (in each case, the only Australians to date to hold such positions). The University of Sydney is associated with five Nobel laureates: in chemistry John Cornforth (alumnus; the only Nobel Laureate born in New South Wales) and Robert Robinson (staff); in economics, John Harsanyi (alumnus); and in physiology or medicine, John Eccles and Bernard Katz (both staff). 

Acceptance Rate

This might be surprising to many people, but the University of Sydney’s acceptance rate is quite high. Although it is on the same level as prestigious universities such as Yale or Harvard, they do accept a lot of people. Although the specifics are not known, I would say that the University of Sydney acceptance rate is 30% or higher. If you are a full-paying international student, your acceptance rate goes up dramatically. More than 50% of the students are international students if that gives you an idea.

Other Campuses
    • 335 Werombi Road, Camden, New South Wales, Australia
    • 75 East Street, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
    • 88 Mallett Street, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia



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