University Profile

By every measure, the University of Adelaide—South Australia’s only member of the prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ Australian research-intensive universities—stands tall as a globally geared catalyst of learning and innovation.

QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) all rate us one of the world’s top 140 universities. This places Adelaide among the top 1% globally and distinguishes us as South Australia’s number one.

Driving this success is a future-focused culture of excellence. The vast majority of our research is rated ‘above or well above world standard’ by the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia program. We invest heavily in government, industry and community partnerships—at home and internationally. And we cultivate a research ecosystem that nurtures and rewards entrepreneurialism.

Equally, we’re defined by diversity. Our 140,000 alumni come from, or have contributed professionally in, more than 130 countries. Among them are five Nobel Laureates; over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including two Indigenous Australian recipients; and Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge.

Our present student body of over 20,000 includes almost 8,000 international students—and no less than half our staff were born overseas or hold dual citizenships.

The University of Adelaide's Chancellor's robe


Pioneers from day one. Leaders still. This is our story.

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Mission & focus

Mission & focus

The goals and aspirations that shape our actions and fuel our progress.

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Adelaide CBD

The City of Adelaide

Our wonderful home, South Australia’s capital, and one of the world’s most liveable cities.

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Sir Howard Walter Florey

Awards & achievements

Nobel Laureates. Rhodes and Fulbright scholars. Stand-out teachers and alumni.

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Kaurna acknowledgement

Kaurna acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as original custodians of the land on which our campuses are built—the Adelaide Plains.

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