One of the most prestigious universities in Australia, the University of Adelaide is consistently ranked in the TOP 1% of universities in the world.

Offering a high quality Australian education that is recognised internationally and also leads to satisfying and rewarding careers, the University has produced numerous Nobel Prize winnersRhodes and Fulbright scholars.

The University is also a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities.

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016, the University is ranked 79th in the Top 200 most international universities. The World University Rankings feature universities that place high importance on internationalisation, namely in the aspects of its proportion of international staff, students and research papers. Read all about it here.


The Light of New Knowledge

The search for new knowledge is a quest in which we can all participate.

Since 1874 the University has been true to the motto inscribed on our coat of arms, ‘Sub Cruce Lumen’. Roughly translated Sub Cruce Lumen means ‘the Light [of learning] under the [Southern] Cross’.

Seek Light is an extension of this motto. It is true to what we are about as a university. For over 140 years our commitment to discovery and preparing tomorrow’s leaders has united us in everything that we do.

The University of Adelaide is committed to delivering: a student body of democratic breadth, a staff of international distinction, a spirit of freedom to investigate new fields, a sense of importance to the community, and a goal to prepare educated leaders.

This is a place where higher learning is open to all. Where ideas are shared on a global stage. Where experience and enthusiasm work together side-by-side in the discovery of new knowledge.

Begin your journey of discovery here.

Facts & Figures

We’ve compiled some key facts and figures to help tell the story of the University of Adelaide.

  • Year founded: 1874
  • Students: 27,000
  • Staff: 3,800
  • Alumni worldwide: 130,000
  • Countries represented by student body: 99
  • Student union clubs: 90
  • Sporting clubs: 35
  • Items in the University Library: more than 2 million
  • Electronic journal articles: 25 million
  • Student exchange agreements: 400
  • Annual research income: $155 million
  • Contribution to South Australian economy: $1.4 billion
  • Buildings operated: 319
  • Value of assets: $1 billion
  • Rhodes Scholars: 109
  • Nobel Prize Winners associated with: 5
  • Fulbright Scholars: 136
  • Alumni sent into space: 1
  • Australian Prime Ministers: 1

2014 Pocket Statistics Guide

Download the 2014 Pocket Statistics featuring interesting insights about the University of Adelaide