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Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third-oldest university and consistently ranked in the top 1% globally*.

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Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia's third-oldest university and consistently ranked in the top 1% globally*.

The University's reputation for excellence and breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. They proudly count among their distinguished alumni five Nobel Laureates and over 100 Rhodes Scholars. Australia's first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates. Today, their vibrant culture continues to attract some of the world's best and brightest—academic leaders from all corners of the globe and students from more than 100 countries.

In 2022, Adelaide's total enrolment was more than 22,000 students, including around 9,000 international students from 100 countries. The University comprises three main campuses: North Terrace in the city of Adelaide, Roseworthy near Gawler and Waite at Urrbrae.

*QS World University Rankings


The University offers degrees across a variety of academic fields and the entry requirements for these degrees vary. Full details about the admission requirements for undergraduate courses can be found in section 1.

Information and advice about the admissions requirements for degrees can be sought from the Future Students team (telephone (08) 8313 7335) or from school counsellors.


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). 

Most University of Adelaide programs have a Guaranteed Entry Score. Applicants who meet any subject prerequisites (and any other selection rules) and achieve a Selection Rank (based on Year 12 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) plus any applicable adjustment factors) at or above the Guaranteed Entry Score for the degree they have applied to will receive an offer to that degree. It is important to note that some Guaranteed Entry Scores may be different from last year's published selection rank. This means that in the case of some degrees, even if you score below the Guaranteed Entry Score you may still receive an offer.

Find out more about Guaranteed Entry

Commonwealth supported places in all degrees 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, grade point average (GPA) from previous tertiary study, etc and, where applicable, performance in auditions or interviews).

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 the PASS video on the University’s website

For further information, contact the PASS Coordinator at or phone (08) 8313 8192.

The Pathway 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 most degrees.

For deferment of postgraduate studies contact the University of Adelaide. Postgraduate offers cannot be deferred through SATAC.

Many degrees 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 degrees. 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. 

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Find out more about commencement dates

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

The University of Adelaide provides a range of scholarships for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Scholarships are also available to assist undergraduate students who are in financial need, including rural and Indigenous students.

A number of privately sponsored scholarships are also available to both commencing and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. For more information visit the website.

Extra-curricular activities and student support services are valued by the University of Adelaide as an important adjunct to students' academic success. Degree 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. General interest, social, faculty and cultural club activities are coordinated by the Adelaide University Union and sporting clubs are managed by Adelaide University Sport. 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 Support 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. Options include:

The 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 7 days a week.
  • Coin-operated laundromat available on site.
  • Ideal for new students to the University.
  • State-of-the-art security.


  • Preferred student accommodation provider of the University of Adelaide.
  • Close to universities, transport and amenities.
  • Fully furnished shared apartments and studios with reverse-cycle air-conditioning.
  • Wireless internet in every room.
  • Support upon arrival with property induction and welcome events.
  • Safe and secure with swipe card access and CCTV.
  • Fully equipped gym.
  • Cinema room.
  • Games room.
  • 24/7 dedicated onsite team.
  • A modern card operated laundry.
  • Secure bike store.

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 animal behaviour, animal science and pre-veterinary degrees.

Visit the website for more information or to apply

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.

For more information download the accommodation guide

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 subsidies. 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. 

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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.

Publications are available free of charge from Ask Adelaide, phone (08) 8313 5208.

Download publications from the website

  • Undergraduate Program Guides
  • Study at Adelaide

Search the Future Students knowledge base

The University of Adelaide’s Open Day will be held as an on-campus event and will be held on Sunday 13 August from 9am – 4pm ACDT. 

Visit the Open Day website for more information

Future Students team

Division of University Operations
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005

Telephone: (08) 8313 7335
Freecall hotline: 1800 061 459 (for country and interstate callers)

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