The University of Adelaide is a top leading public university located in South Australia. It it is the third oldest university in Australia, founded in 1874. The main campus of the University is at North Terrace, with other campuses located in Roseworthy, Waite, Thebarton, the National Wine Centre, and a campus in Singapore. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the areas of agricultural sciences; architecture; business and management; computer science; dentistry; engineering; information technology; law; mathematics; medicine; music; and many more.

Associated with 5 Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Rhodes scholars, Adelaide is highly regarded as one of the great old sandstone universities of the world. It is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) and the Academic Consortium 21 (AC21). Go8 is formed by a group of top 8 research universities in Australia.

The University is divided into the following faculties:
- Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of the Professions

The University is affiliated with a number of residential colleges: Aquinas College, Kathleen Lumley College, St Ann's College, St Mark's College and Lincoln College. The Barr Smith Library, main library of the University, is South Australia's largest research library.

It was the first Australian university to admit women to science courses; the first university to establish a Conservatorium of Music in the country; and graduated Australia's first woman surgeon, the nation's first astronaut, and Singapore’s first directly-elected President.

Ratings and Rankings:

- Ranked 81st globally in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2009. It is also placed in the top 100 (#62) for Life Sciences & Biomedicine.

- 2nd in Australia in terms of competitive research income per capita (DEST Finance Data Collection and the Higher Education Research Data Collection, 2008).

- Ranked in the top 25 universities in the Asia Pacific region (ARWU 2007).

- Its MBA programs are rated 5-star by GMAA (2007).

- 62nd in the THES-QS World University Rankings 2007, moving up from 105th in 2006. It is placed in the global top 100 for three subject areas in 2007, including: Life Sciences & Biomedicine (100th), Natural Sciences (87th), Social Sciences (89th).

- Awarded the maximum five stars for staff-student ratios, research grants and research intensivity (Good Universities Guide 2007 edition). It also scored four stars for positive graduate outcomes, staff qualifications, student demand and international enrolments.

- Adelaide is in the top two national research rankings based on academic staff numbers ("Ranking and Clustering Australian University Research Performance, 1998-2002").
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek