University achievements

UniSA is a nimble and focused university responding to local, national and global needs.

Global rankings

  • In 2019, the QS (Quacarelli Symonds) ‘Top 50 under 50’ ranked the University of South Australia at number 25 in the world for universities less than 50 years old.
  • THE (Times Higher Education) ranked UniSA in the top 10 Australian universities (Top 3 Young University in Australia).
  • #1 Young University in Australia for Teaching Quality (2018 THE Young University Rankings);
  • UniSA is ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world for its international outlook (#50) in the THE 2018-2019 rankings (#6 in Australia).

QS ranks us as one of the world’s best places to study:

  • Nursing (Top 100) 2019 QS Subject Rankings;
  • Art and Design (Top 150) 2019 QS Subject Rankings;
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Top 150) 2019 QS Subject Rankings;
  • Accounting and Finance (Top 150) 2019 QS Subject Rankings;
  • Architecture/Built Environments (Top 150) 2018 QS Subject Rankings;
  • Education (Top 150) 2018 QS Subject Rankings;
  • Our Business School is ranked in the world’s top 1% AACSB, July 2016

THE ranks us as one of the world’s best places to study:

  • Law (Ranked #81 in the world), 2019 THE Subject Rankings;
  • Business and Economics (World Top 100) 2019 THE Subject Rankings;
  • Education (World Top 150) 2019 THE Subject Rankings;

Australian rankings

  • 97% of our research assessed as world standard or above; ERA
  • We’re Australia’s number one young university for industry sourced research income; 2019 THE World University Rankings;
  • We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-Stars in research QS Stars Ratings 2017;
  • We rated 5-Stars for Learning Resources  2019 Good Universities Guide.      

South Australian rankings

  • Number 1 for student satisfaction QILT Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-2018 - Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only; 
  • Number 1 for graduate careers QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016 - 18. Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only 
  • Number 1 for employer satisfaction QILT 2018. Employer Satisfaction Survey, Overall Satisfaction Indicator - National Report.
  • Number 1 for graduate employment in Architecture and Built Environment / Communications / Education / Psychology and Social Work / Business and Management / Health Services QILT Graduate Outcomes Sruvey. Course Experience Questionnaire 2016 - 18 - Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
  • Number 1 for overall teaching in Law QILT Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016
  • Online students have graduate employment rates well above the national average (86.1%) QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017.


QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-17. Public SA-founded universities only. 

Areas of study and research

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