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The University of Sydney


University scholars and students share a passionate commitment to the transformative power of education. University research makes a real difference to our understanding of today's world and how we work and live in it, and we enrich our community by bringing together people from all social and cultural backgrounds.

The birth of the University of Sydney in 1850 broke with the traditions of Britain’s ancient universities by admitting students on academic merit rather than on the basis of religion or social class. Sydney was one of the first of this new breed of institution, the first university in Australia and the model that universities in other Australian colonies would soon follow. As the University started to grow during the second half of the 19th century, it evolved to respond to the needs of its students and the wider community.

Many of the University of Sydney’s alumni have become inspirational leaders, making a positive difference in Australia and around the world. They’ve championed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, written prizewinning books and won Olympic gold medals. They are exploring uncharted territory in global medicine and science and continue to change national and worldwide agendas. The University of Sydney’s graduate include Noble laureates, governors and state governors, as well as several of the Australian Prime Ministers.

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Academic specialism

The 2014-2015 QS World University Rankings placed the University of Sydney 37th in the world. The University was among only seven Australian universities to increase or retain their QS status.

The QS subject rankings have the faculty's individual engineering disciplines including Computer Science and Information Systems; Electrical and Electronic; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing; consistently placed in the world's top five per cent.

Sydney is one of only 12 universities in the world to receive a "5 Star Plus" rating by QS based on criteria including "research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, specialist criteria and inclusiveness.

Faculties and Schools at the University of Sydney

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • University of Sydney Business School
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Sydney Law School
  • Sydney Medical School
  • Sydney Nursing School
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Science
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Faculty of Veterinary Science

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The University of Sydney
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The information applies to the University's Camperdown/Darlington campus only.

  • Catch a train to Redfern train station, and then take a 10-minute walk down Lawson St and onto Abercombie St to the main campus.
  • Free buses run to and from Fisher Library and Redfern Station in the evening during semester.