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University of South Australia

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world rank  457

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Established in 1991, the University of South Australia is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Adelaide (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), South Australia. This institution also has a branch campus in Whyalla and Mount Gambier. Officially recognized by the Department of Education and Training of Australia, University of South Australia (UNISA) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational Australian higher education institution. University of South Australia (UNISA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 32-year-old Australian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this Australian higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UNISA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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Entity Type


very large-sized
Total Enrollment


moderately selective
Acceptance rate

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University Identity

Acronym UNISA
Founded 1991 Origins date back to 1889 as SA School of Mines and Industries
Motto Australia's University of Enterprise

University Location

Address 101 Currie Street
5001 South Australia
Tel +61 (0)8 8302 6611
Fax +61 (0)8 8302 9121
Other locations Whyalla and Mount Gambier

Study Areas and Degree Levels


The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the University of South Australia's academic range and degree level offering.

Study Areas and Degree Levels Matrix

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Programs and courses


What are University programs and courses? University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.

Programs and courses

uniRank publishes the following list of University of South Australia's programs and/or courses; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the University of South Australia's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Associate Degree in Accounting
  • Associate Degree in Business Ventures
  • Associate Degree in Engineering
  • Bachelor of Applied Finance
  • Bachelor of Applied Language and Intercultural Communication
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biodiversity, Environmental and Park Management
  • Bachelor of Built Environment
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business and Enterprise
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Computer and Information Science
  • Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Geographic Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Marketing and Communication
  • Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Media Arts
  • Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatry
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Quantitative Finance
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management
  • Bachelor of Sustainable Environments
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Human Service Research
  • Doctor of Information Technology
  • Doctor of Information Technology Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Physics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Design)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Bioinformatics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Computer and Information Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical and Information Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering and Environment)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Management)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Remediation and Public Health)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Geoinformatics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Human Movement)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous/Australian Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing and Midwifery)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy and Medical Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Planning and Building)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Planning)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Systems Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Telecommunications)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Transport Systems Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Whyalla)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Biomedical Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy Building
  • Doctor of Philosophy Business and Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy Geology
  • Doctor of Philosophy Social Science
  • Doctor of Project Management
  • Professional Doctorate (Business Administration)
  • Professional Doctorate (Clinical Pharmacy)
  • Professional Doctorate (Communication)
  • Professional Doctorate (Counselling)
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Graduate Diploma in Communication
  • Graduate Diploma in e-Commerce
  • Graduate Diploma in Engineering
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Graduate Diploma in Facilities and Asset Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in International Business
  • Graduate Diploma in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Journalism
  • Graduate Diploma in Languages and Culture Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Marketing
  • Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice
  • Graduate Diploma in Project Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Property
  • Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Graduate Diploma in Visual Art and Design
  • Graduate Diploma in Water Resources Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Education
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Computing
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Information Management
  • Master of Business Information Systems
  • Master of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Master of e-Commerce
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Master of Facilities and Asset Management
  • Master of Health Science
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of Information and Communications Technology Management
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Library Information Management
  • Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Manual and Sports Physiotherapy
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Pharmacy
  • Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry)
  • Master of Professional Computing
  • Master of Project Management
  • Master of Psychology
  • Master of Quantitative Finance
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Sustainable Design
  • Master of Teaching
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Visual Art and Design
  • Master of Water Resources Management

Yearly Tuition


Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. This uniRank Tuition Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students (local and international students) and 2 degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at the University of South Australia. However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the University of South Australia's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on Australia's cost of living.

Yearly Tuition Range Matrix

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Admissions info


Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.

Admission Info and stats

uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the University of South Australia's admission policy and statistics.

Admission Gender

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Admission Selection

Has the University of South Australia a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

The University of South Australia's acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

International Admissions

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Admission Office Admission Office

GPO Box 2471
Adelaide 5001
(0)8 9627 4854

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why:

  • Resources: a larger university may have more resources available to its students, including research facilities, libraries, and extracurricular activities. However, a smaller university may offer a more personalized experience and smaller class sizes.
  • Diversity: the size and profile of a university can impact the diversity of its student body, faculty and curriculum. Larger universities may attract more international students and offer a wider range of academic programs, while smaller universities may have a more homogenous population.
  • Networking: a larger university may offer more opportunities for networking and building connections with other students and professionals in your field, but smaller universities may offer a tighter-knit community and more personalized networking opportunities.
  • Quality of Education: a university with a lower student-staff ratio typically means that students will receive more personalized attention from their instructors. This can lead to more individualized instruction, more opportunities for feedback and guidance and a better learning experience overall.
  • Location: campus setting can have an impact on students' access to resources, cost of living, transportation, social life and safety.
  • Religious affiliation: while it may not be the most important factor for everyone, understanding the religious affiliation of a university can help students determine if it aligns with their personal beliefs and provide a unique academic and spiritual experience.

Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the University of South Australia.

Student Enrollment

The University of South Australia has a student enrollment range of 35,000-39,999 making it a very large-sized institution.

Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 1,000-1,499 academic employees (Faculty).

Control Type Control Type

The University of South Australia is a public higher education institution.

Entity Type

The University of South Australia is a non-profit higher education institution.

Academic Calendar

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Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Religious Affiliation

The University of South Australia does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the University of South Australia offer? University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.

Facilities and Services

uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the University of South Australia.


This institution has a physical Library for its students. Go to the University of South Australia's Library


This institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.

Sport Facilities

This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

Financial Aids

This institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.

Study Abroad

This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Distance Learning

This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses.

Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution provides students with guidance and support in their academic pursuits.

Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

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Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system:

  • Institutional legal recognition: institutional legal recognition of a University refers to the formal recognition of the university's legal status by the government of a country. Legally recognized higher education institutions are chartered, registered and/or licensed by government bodies to be legal entities authorized to teach at the tertiary level.
  • Institutional accreditation: institutional accreditation is a type of additional quality assessment that evaluates the overall quality of an institution as a whole. Institutional accrediting bodies assess a University's overall mission, governance, leadership, faculty qualifications, student support services, financial stability and academic offering. Institutional accreditation is a concept that mainly exists in the US higher education system and a few other countries. So if you plan to study in the United States make sure that the University you choose is not only registered or licensed but officially accredited by a recognized accrediting body. In the US uniRank only includes accredited institutions.
  • Programmatic or specialized accreditation: programmatic or specialized accreditation, on the other hand, is a type of accreditation that evaluates and accredits specific academic programs within a University. Programmatic accreditation, granted by specialized national or international accrediting bodies, assesses the quality and rigor of a program's curriculum, faculty qualifications, student outcomes and resources and is focused on ensuring that a specific program or course meets industry standards and requirements.

uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.

Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

The University of South Australia is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Department of Education and Training of Australia

Year of first Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Engineers Australia
  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD-EQUIS)

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons:

  • Collaboration and networking: they can provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with other universities, academic institutions and industry partners. This can lead to joint research projects, sharing of resources and expertise and collaborations on educational programs and initiatives.
  • Access to resources: they can provide access to a wide range of resources, including research facilities, academic journals and funding opportunities. This can be especially beneficial for smaller or less well-resourced universities, which may not have the same level of access to resources as larger and more established institutions.
  • Quality assurance: membership in professional or industry organizations can provide a level of quality assurance for Universities, ensuring that they meet certain standards and requirements in terms of academic programs, research and student support services. However, membership in an organization does not necessarily imply a formal accreditation or quality assurance process for the University's programs.
  • Recognition and reputation: membership in prestigious or exclusive organizations can enhance the reputation and recognition of a university, both locally and internationally. This can lead to increased visibility and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
  • Internationalization: memberships and affiliations can facilitate internationalization efforts, including student and faculty exchange programs, joint research initiatives and collaborations with international partners. This can help to broaden the global perspective of a university and provide opportunities for students and faculty to gain international experience and exposure.

Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.

Memberships and Affiliations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of South Australia's memberships and affiliations; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the University of South Australia's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Australian Technology Network (ATN)
  • Universities Australia
  • Open Universities Australia (OUA)

Academic Structure


Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following:

  • Colleges
  • Faculties
  • Schools
  • Institutes
  • Academies
  • Departments
  • Divisions
  • Centers

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.

Academic Structure

uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the University of South Australia's organizational structure.


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Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Here are some ways in which the official University of South Australia's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:

  • Researching universities: social media can be a useful tool for researching universities that prospective students may be interested in attending. By following the University of South Australia on social media, potential students can learn more about the university's culture, values, academic programs and campus life. They can also engage with current students and alumni to get a sense of their experiences and valuable perspectives from the inside.
  • Engagement with the University: social media allows the University of South Australia to engage with prospective students by answering questions, sharing news and events and showcasing the university's offerings. Potential students can appraise how up-to-date and relevant is the content published through social media and how prompt and efficient the University of South Australia is in answering their queries.

Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the University of South Australia's profile and level of engagement.

Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some University of South Australia's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

Facebook Facebook

University of South Australia's Facebook page review University of South Australia's official Facebook page

Twitter Twitter

University of South Australia's Twitter page review University of South Australia's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

University of South Australia's YouTube channel review University of South Australia's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

University of South Australia's official Instagram page

LinkedIn LinkedIn

University of South Australia's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.

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Video Presentation

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