The University of Adelaide

About the university

The University of Adelaide has been a cornerstone of educational and cultural life in South Australia since 1874.

A member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, it has an enviable international reputation for both teaching and research. More than 100 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate programs are offered in a wide variety of disciplines.

In 2016, Adelaide’s total enrolment was more than 27,000 students, including around 7,500 international students from 95 countries. The University comprises four main campuses: North Terrace in the city of Adelaide, Roseworthy near Gawler, Waite at Urrbrae, and Thebarton on the River Torrens to the west of the city.


Undergraduate programs

You can qualify for entry to undergraduate courses through completion of the SACE/NTCET. Other qualifications that can satisfy the entry requirements include the International Baccalaureate, completed or part-completed university studies, and some completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. For more details on approved qualifications, please refer to section 3 or to the University’s program selection criteria listed at the website below.

Most University of Adelaide programs now have a preset entry score, as opposed to variable cutoffs. This is called the Adelaide Approved Score. Applicants who meet any subject prerequisites (and any other selection rules) and achieve a year 12 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) at or above the Adelaide Approved Score for the program they have applied to will receive an offer to that program. If the program is oversubscribed, as may be the case in some Engineering programs due to physical space limitations in a lab for instance, an offer to a lower engineering preference will be made. It is important to note that some Adelaide Approved Scores may be different from last year’s cutoff score. This means that in the case of Sciences and Arts programs, even if you score below the Adelaide Approved Score you may still receive an offer.

Please see the University's website for more details.

Some programs take other criteria into account, such as performance in an audition, the UMAT or PQA tests or a structured oral assessment for the Medicine, Dental Surgery, Oral Health and Veterinary Bioscience programs. Detailed information on the selection criteria for each program is available on the University’s website.

Postgraduate programs

Entry requirements for postgraduate programs vary from course to course. Read the course entry details in course search carefully when applying.

Information and advice about the admissions requirements for programs can be sought from Ask Adelaide (telephone (08) 8313 5208) or from school counsellors. 


Commonwealth supported places in all programs are subject to quotas and applicants should note that even if they satisfy the University’s admission requirements, they will be competing for a limited number of places in each program. Selection is based on the relative performance of applicants within the selection criteria (e.g. ATAR or equivalent and, where applicable, performance in auditions or interviews).

Special access schemes

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

PASS is an academic support program that assists students to revise course content as well as develop tertiary skills. PASS Leaders are mostly undergraduate students who have excelled in the course for which they facilitate free weekly 50-minute study sessions. Students do not need to register or enrol for PASS classes – they simply come to the most suitable class as they are able to. For more information watch our PASS video on the PASS website. For details about courses, times and venues for which PASS is available visit the PASS courses website. For further information, contact the PASS Coordinator at or phone (08) 8313 8192.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access scheme

The Scheme provides special entry, support and advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Further information is available from Wirltu Yarlu, telephone (08) 8313 3623 or Freecall 1800 651 763 or check the Wirltu Yarlu website.


Deferment of studies for up to two years is available for all undergraduate programs.
There is no deferral process for postgraduate courses through SATAC.

Credit transfer

Many programs at the University will grant advanced standing (credit) towards the requirements of the degree on the basis of corresponding studies completed at other institutions. This is particularly the case with studies taken at other universities, but some VET studies are also accepted for credit towards University programs. Information about credit available for studies taken at other universities or at VET level may be obtained by contacting the appropriate Faculty/School office once you have received your offer to the University of Adelaide, but prior to enrolment. For further information, please see the University's website.

Academic year

Commencement dates vary from early February to early March. Details are online at the University's website.

Enrolment dates may vary from program to program. If you receive an offer of a place you will be sent detailed instructions for enrolling online in that program.

Student services and facilities

Extra-curricular activities and student support services are valued by the University of Adelaide as an important adjunct to students’ academic success. Program and career management advice; health and welfare services; child care; accommodation support; international student services; support for students with disabilities; language and learning services are all available. Extra-curricular activities are coordinated by the Adelaide University Union, including a range of sporting and general interest clubs and facilities. The University’s libraries serve the learning and teaching needs of students and staff, and provide assistance in how to make effective use of Library resources.

Students with disabilities

The University is committed to meeting the needs of students with disabilities/medical conditions (whether temporary or permanent). Arrangements are made wherever possible to assist students in their studies or with Alternative Examination Arrangements (AEA). Prospective students with a disability are encouraged to contact Disability Services for more information on confidentiality, criteria for obtaining provisions and other support services.


The University is pleased to offer a number of quality accommodation options for students to consider. Each facility offers students the opportunity to live independently and free from distraction. University managed accommodation options include:

The University of Adelaide Village

  • Located in the dynamic West End of the city – in walking distance to North Terrace campus and close to the Central Market and the Gouger Street café and restaurant precinct.
  • Fully furnished accommodation ranging from 2-bedroom apartments to 8-bedroom townhouses.
  • Emphasis on community living with over 400 places available.
  • Unlimited WIFI internet connectivity across the facility, available for multiple devices and fully integrated with the University network.
  • Fully connected and maintained telephone is provided in every room, each with a direct dial phone number.
  • Staff on site 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
  • Coin-operated laundromat available on site.
  • Ideal for new students to the University.
  • State-of-the-art security.


  • A group of 4 to 5-bedroom houses located in North Adelaide.
  • Walking distance to North Terrace campus and close to the Melbourne Street cafe and restaurant district.
  • Fully furnished.
  • Ideal for postgraduate students.

Roseworthy Residential College

  • Situated on the fringe of the Barossa Valley, ten minutes from Gawler and an hour’s drive north of Adelaide.
  • Fully furnished, air-conditioned bedrooms, share kitchen and bathroom. In-room wireless internet connectivity, a billiard and television room and designated computer room with printing facilities for college residents.
  • Unlimited WIFI internet connectivity across the facility, available for multiple devices and fully integrated with the University network.
  • Enjoy the convenience of living on campus with a library, computer centre, chapel, swimming pool, gymnasium, and canteen on site.
  • A free bus service operates daily to Gawler, linking with trains to and from Adelaide, and a free inter-campus shuttle bus, which operates three times each weekday during semester between the Roseworthy, North Terrace and Waite campuses.
  • A consideration for students studying agricultural science, animal science and pre-veterinary programs.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Accommodation Service

Residential colleges

The University of Adelaide enjoys a strong affiliation with five independent residential colleges across Adelaide.

All of the colleges are situated in North Adelaide and offer fully furnished single bedrooms. All-inclusive charges apply and meals are provided.

Aquinas College
Telephone: (08) 8334 5000
Fax: (08) 8334 5073

Kathleen Lumley College (postgraduate students only)
Telephone: (08) 8267 3270
Fax: (08) 8239 1705

Lincoln College
Telephone: (08) 8290 6000
Fax: (08) 8267 2942

St Ann’s College
Telephone: (08) 8267 1478
Fax: (08) 8267 1903

St Mark’s College
Telephone: (08) 8334 5600
Fax: (08) 8267 4694

Child care facilities

The University has child care centres on its North Terrace and Waite campuses. Places are available on a part-time or full-time basis and some occasional care is also available. For students on low incomes, the Commonwealth Government provides child care assistance and child care rebates. The child care centres are primarily for students, staff and associated organisations of the University but in most cases are also open to the wider community. For further information, see the website

North Terrace Campus
Acceptance age: 3 months to school age.
Telephone: (08) 8313 5429

Waite Campus
Acceptance age: 3 months to school age.
Telephone: (08) 8313 6560

Child care is also available at various locations in suburbs near the University.

Further information

The following publications are available free of charge from Ask Adelaide, phone (08) 8313 5208:

  • Academic program information leaflets
  • Postgraduate Coursework Prospectus; Postgraduate Research Prospectus
  • The University Calendar contains information on program rules and syllabuses and is available for purchase from Unibooks on campus or free of charge from the University's website.


Ask Adelaide
Division of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005

Telephone: (08) 8313 5208
Freecall hotline: 1800 061 459 (for country and interstate callers)
Facsimile: (08) 8313 4401

Enquiry form:

CRICOS Provider No: 00123M

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