The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874 after a long campaign for a university led by Adelaide pioneer and Oxford don, Dr Augustus Short, who became its first Vice Chancellor. It is Australia’s third oldest university with a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence.
The University offers high-quality education that is recognised internationally and leads to satisfying and rewarding careers.
We've produced numerous Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars including Australia’s first Indigenous recipient, Rebecca Richards.
The University is a member of the Group of Eight, constituting Australia's leading research-intensive universities.
The University of Adelaide draws strength from its founding values as it fulfils its future research and teaching aspirations.
The University is an international institution that distinctively embraces the ideal of the research university, where the excitement, vitality and passion of the search for new knowledge is one in which all students participate; as an enlightened and tolerant community where able students can find support, whatever their background or circumstances; and as a place where the Kaurna people, original custodians of the land on which the campuses now rest, are acknowledged and their culture respected.
The University of Adelaide commits to a distinctive approach that recaptures the ideal of the research university, and seeks an internally-focused staff and a tolerant, progressive student mix, which will prepare students for global citizenship in an increasingly borderless world. It will be a university true to its historical roots, yet passionately committed to its role in producing graduates designed to play leading parts in the Asian Century.