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We sit in the top 0.3 percent of universities worldwide, ensuring that Australian innovation and research is recognised on the international stage.

QS World University Rankings 2015-16

We were ranked 45 in the world in the 2015-16 prestigious QS World University Rankings.

It’s testimony to the broad spectrum of strengths displayed across our 16 faculties, many of which have impressive rankings themselves.

Leading the University’s results were Arts and Humanities, which achieved a rank of equal 14th globally and second in Australia.

Both Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Sciences and Management were ranked 20th in the world, with Life Sciences and Medicine also maintaining their standing as second in Australia for the third year running.

The multi-disciplinary strength of the University’s research was confirmed in the QS results, with Engineering and Technology, Natural Sciences and Social Science and Management all ranked in the top five for their disciplines in Australia, each receiving a ranking of third domestically. Engineering and Technology also rose 14 places in the rankings from joint 44th to joint 30th globally.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

We were ranked among the world’s elite institutions, with 41 of the 42 subjects assessed achieving a rating in the top 100 globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Thirty-two of our subjects were ranked in the top 50 globally, of which nine were ranked in the top 20.

Veterinary Science was ranked ninth in the world and number one in Australia, while three other subjects also shared the number one national ranking – Architecture/Built Environment (17 globally), Medicine (17), and Nursing (13).

The prestigious rankings are regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities at individual subject level.

The results highlighted the University’s strengths in subjects across all the disciplines ranked, including Law (11), Education (16), Accounting and Finance (18), Geography (22), English Language and Literature (20) and Engineering - Civil and Structural (20). For the first time, Philosophy entered the top 50 globally with a rank of 37 worldwide.

QS Graduate World University Rankings 2016

We topped the list of Australian universities in the inaugural QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016, and was also rated in the top 15 globally with a rank of 14.

The rankings mapped more than 30,000 people to identify the educational background of the world's most employable people.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015

The 2015 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, which prioritises research citations, research income, reputation and learning environment, ranked us at 56 out of more than 1100 universities around the world.

THE World University Rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge universities across all of their core missions, including citations, research, teaching, international outlook and industry income. The annual rankings measure factors including academic reputation, citation statistics, international mix, and research income and degrees awarded per staff.

The University of Sydney's rise in the 2015-16 rankings was driven by increases in all indicators, with the largest rises in academic reputation, which jumped 24 percent, and citations which saw a 12 percent increase. Research and industry income also both climbed more than 10 percent.

The Times Higher Education University Rankings are published by the UK’s leading global provider of rankings and statistics on the world’s higher education sector.

Times Higher Education 2015 Global Employability University Rankings

We were ranked 42 in the world and number one in New South Wales in the 2015 Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings.

The ranking was created from the combined votes of 2,200 recruiters and 2,400 managing directors of international companies across 21 countries.

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

We were ranked among the top 100 most prestigious universities in the world in the 2016 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

With a global ranking of 61-70, we retained our position as third in Australia, and one of only three universities nationally to be included in the list. Harvard University topped the rankings, which are dominated by United States-based institutions.

The annual rankings are created by canvassing the views of more than 10,300 respondents, in 133 countries, about which institutions are the best in their field for research and teaching.

US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings

We were ranked 51 in the 2015–16 US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings.

We were also ranked number one in Australia in Clinical Medicine and Physics, and Arts and Humanities were ranked in the top 20 globally.

US News uses the Thomson-Reuters database to rank the top 750 institutions globally. It includes 12 indicators ranging from research reputation and PhD statistics to highly cited papers statistics and international collaboration. It also includes other bibliometric statistics on publications, citations, books and conferences.

Not just bright… but beautiful

We don’t just rank highly for academic achievement; our main Camperdown/Darlington campus is regularly recognised as one of the most beautiful in the world.

The UK’s Daily Telegraph placed us at number 10 in its Beautiful Universities List, and we’re number nine in the The Huffington Post’s top 15 run down.

Meanwhile, Sydney itself gets a nod. In the QS Best Student Cities, which is based on affordability, quality of living, employer activity and diversity of students, it’s ranked first in Australia and fourth worldwide.

And in 2014, global consulting firm AT Kearney’s Global Cities Index put Sydney ahead of 83 cities as the world’s most popular city to study in for international students.

Each year the city welcomes 50,000 visiting students, with around 35,000 studying on campuses in the City of Sydney area.

Fast facts

Sydney University in numbers.

  • Currently enrolled students; 52,000+
  • Alumni worldwide: 270,000
  • Countries represented by our student body: 134
  • Items in the University's Library: more than 5.2 million
  • Student exchange agreements: 286 (in more than 30 countries)
  • Academic staff: 3400+
  • Student clubs and societies: 200+ including 43 sports clubs