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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1975
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Hanging Rock, Beach Road, Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 2536
    • Phone:
    • +61242213218
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong (abbreviated as UOW) is an Australian public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney.  In 1951, a division of the New South Wales University of Technology (known as the University of New South Wales from 1958) was established in Wollongong for the conduct of diploma courses. In 1961, the Wollongong University College of the University of New South Wales was constituted and the college was officially opened in 1962. In 1975 the University of Wollongong was established as an independent institution. Since its establishment, the university has conferred more than 100,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Its students, originally predominantly from the local Illawarra region, are now from over 140 countries, with international students accounting for more than 30 percent of total.The University of Wollongong has developed into a multi-campus institution, both domestically and globally. The Wollongong campus, the university's main campus, is on the original site five kilometres north-west of the city centre, and covers an area of 82.4 hectares with 94 permanent buildings. In addition, there are university education centres in Bega, Batemans Bay, Moss Valeand Shoalhaven, New South Wales, as well as three Sydney campuses, including the UOW Sydney Business School, the South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool and Southern Sydney campus in Loftus. Overseas, the university has a presence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Academic Highlights

  • Business: Accounting, Economics & Finance; Management, Operations & Marketing
  • Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong
  • Australian Health Services Research Institute

Life in University of Wollongong

The Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association produces the magazine Tertangala, and many other services including representation, advocacy and student support. Postgraduate representation is provided by the Wollongong University Postgraduate Association, a member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. Wollongong UniCentre, an on-campus organisation and controlled entity of the university, provides the social and commercial infrastructure on the campus, administering the UniBar, student clubs and societies, food outlets, entertainment and activities, a books and news shop and other student services.The geographical and social centre of the university is the Duck Pond Lawn, and its surrounding eateries and other facilities, including the UniBar.

School Ranking

The University of Wollongong is ranked among the best 20 modern universities in the world in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2019. It is ranked 181-190th in the world by the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Ranking for the quality of its graduates. Ranked 37th in Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019. Ranked among the top 250 universities in the world - QS World University Rankings 2020.


UOW has a range of admissions options available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. We are here to support your choices and open doors, so you can graduate ready for your future career. If you're currently completing Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate, you apply to UOW through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Interstate applicants must also apply via UAC. If you're not a current year 12 student, or you have completed a UOW College course, TAFE or other tertiary studies, you can apply directly to UOW.Admission criteria and detailed course information for UOW and UOW College courses are available on UOW's Course Finder. Uinversity of Wollongong has a range of admission pathways which are outlined below. For specific advice or questions regarding an application or a course, please contact the Future Students Team.For the rules around application for entry to the University and UOW College see the UOW Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Training, Australia, University of Wollongong (UOW) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Other Campuses
    • 1 Pitt Street, Loftus, New South Wales, Australia
    • 176 Auckland Street, Bega, New South Wales, Australia
    • Blocks 5, 14, 15, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates



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