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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1874
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 5005
    • Phone:
    • +61883134455
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Unversity of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The University of Adelaide's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, and the State Library of South Australia. The University of Adelaide operates several associated and independent research institutes and groups. These include the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, the Hanson Institute for Medical Research, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

Academic Highlights

Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences: Australian School of Petroleum; School of Chemical Engineering; School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering; School of Computer Science; School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering; School of Mathematical Sciences; and, School of Mechanical Engineering.Health and Medical Sciences: University of Adelaide School of Dentistry; School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Psychology Arts: Elder Conservatorium of Music; School of Humanities; School of Education; and, School of Social Sciences The Professions: School of Architecture, and Built Environment; Adelaide Business School; School of Economics; and, Adelaide Law School. Sciences: School of Agriculture, Food, and Wine; School of Physical Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

Life in Adelaide University


As of 1 July 2006, membership of the Adelaide University Union (AUU) has been voluntary for all students, following the passing of voluntary student unionism (VSU) legislation by the Federal Government. The AUU funds five affiliates which carry out their functions autonomously. They are the Adelaide Postgraduate Students’ Association (APGSA), the Clubs Association (CA), the Roseworthy Agricultural Campus Student Union Council (RACSUC), the Student Representative Council (preceded by the now defunct Students' Association of the University of Adelaide) and the Waite Institute Students' Association (WISA). The Adelaide University Union was responsible for organising the annual Prosh (University of Adelaide) events. Media.The University of Adelaide has three print news publications; these are: On Dit, the student magazine, Adelaidean, the University's newspaper, Lumen, the alumni magazine.The University of Adelaide Press publishes staff scholarship and works of interest about the history and activities of the University. The Press is also responsible for publishing the Adelaide Law Review. The University of Adelaide founded Australia's first community radio station, Radio Adelaide, in 1972. Opportunities to participate in theatre productions are available through the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and the Law School Revue.

School Ranking

The world's major rankings, the University of Adelaide (145) appears to be ranked eighth in Australia, behind UWA (136), ANU (103), UNSW (64), Monash University (63), the University of Sydney (56), the University of Queensland (47), and the University of Melbourne (40).The University of Adelaide consistently features in the top 150 international universities as ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, situating it securely in the top 1% of ranked universities worldwide. The university's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and Schools of Physical Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences and Humanities, in particular, are reliably ranked in the top 75 of their respective worldwide ranking.



Australian school leaver applicants are given a tertiary entrance rank (ATAR). School leavers with interstate/overseas equivalents and applicants studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia have their final school results converted to a South Australian ATAR by SATAC. All international applicants undertaking an Australian year 12 program are required to achieve a Pass grade or above in one of the approved English as a Second Language or English Language subjects .  Satisfactory completion of one of these subjects ensures that each international applicant meets the minimum English language proficiency requirements of the University of Adelaide.                        

Post Graduate Coursework                                                

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry. Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.              

Post Graduate Research    

Research students may choose to be examined under the rules current at the time of thesis submission, or, under the rules current at the time of enrollment. Under normal circumstances, it is recommended that students elect to be examined under the current rules and specifications for the following reasons:

  • to ensure that the thesis delivered to examiners is consistent with current national and international expectations of a Doctoral or master by research thesis;
  • that the University has, in general, moved to permit greater flexibility in the format of research theses; and
  • the yearly revisions to the program rules and specifications for thesis document have resulted in greater clarity of doctoral and Master requirements to students, staff and examiners.

Notable Alumni

Distinguished alumni include 16 chancellors, 20 vice-chancellors, 110 Rhodes Scholars, 5 Nobel laureates (one of whom was once the youngest laureate ever, Lawrence Bragg, co-recipient, with his father William Henry Bragg for physics in 1915, at 25 years of age), and one Prime Minister (Julia Gillard, the first female Prime Minister of Australia) have all graduated or attended the University of Adelaide.

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Other Campuses
    • Roseworthy, South Australia, Australia
    • 3/49 Holland Street, Thebarton, South Australia, Australia
    • PMB 1, Glen Osmond, South Australia, Australia



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