The University of Sydney (USYD, or informally Sydney Uni) is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850 as Australia’s first university, it is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. The university is one of Australia’s six sandstone universities. The university comprises eight academic faculties and university schools, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.
The QS World University Rankings ranked the university as one of the world’s top 25 universities for academic reputation, and top 4 in the world and first in Australia for graduate employability. It is one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit, and opened their doors to women on the same basis as men.
Five Nobel and two Crafoord laureates have been affiliated with the university as graduates and faculty. The university has educated eight Australian prime ministers, including incumbent Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, two governors-general of Australia, thirteen Premiers of New South Wales including incumbent Premier Dominic Perrottet, and 24 justices of the High Court of Australia, including four chief justices. The university has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars and 19 Gates Scholars.
The 2022 QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Sydney at 38th in the world, 2nd nationally and top-ranked university in New South Wales. In addition, it is ranked 27th in the world by academic reputation. By subject, QS ranked the university in the top 50 across all five broad subject areas.
- 15th in Arts and Humanities
- 39th in Engineering and Technology
- 15th in Life Sciences and Medicine
- 43rd in Natural Sciences
- 14th in Social Sciences and Management
Additionally, the University of Sydney is ranked 2nd in Sports-related Subjects, 10th in Anatomy & Physiology, 11th in Veterinary Science, 12th in Education, 14th in Law and Legal Studies, 15th in Nursing, 16th in Architecture, 18th in Accounting and Finance, 18th in English Language and Literature, 18th in Medicine and 18th in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
The 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings ranked the University of Sydney graduates 4th most employable in the world and 1st in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
The 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the University of Sydney 51st in the world and 2nd in Australia. By subject area, the university is ranked:
- 58th in Arts and Humanities
- 37th in Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health
- 76th in Engineering and Technology
- 47th in Life Sciences
- 97th in Physical Sciences
- 68th in Social Sciences
- 83rd in Business and Economics
- 101-125th in Computer Science
- 33rd in Law
- 24th in Education
- 65th in Psychology
Additionally, the 2020 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings ranked the University of Sydney 51-60th most reputable in the world and 35th in the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. According to the 2020 Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education, the university is ranked 2nd in the world.