Avondale University

Avondale University

We are Australia's best-kept university secret: one of the newest but with a pioneering history, and now ranked number one by the people who matter - you.

Despite being one of Australia's newest universities, our legacy of delivering quality higher education that enhances lives spans over 125 years.

While we may be smaller than other universities, we have a big reputation for quality education experience, with The Good Universities Guideand the federal government’s QILT ranking recognising the excellence of our courses and graduates.

Top-ranking university

We teach exceptionally — not everything.

We want every student like you to have an exceptional experience. That’s not just having a good time meeting other students, but also building experiences that are relevant to your future career — with great lecturers and with opportunities to learn on the job through work placements as part of your degree. Our staff members have a deep commitment to engaging with you and helping you discover and fulfil your potential.

We don’t teach all courses, but we focus on delivering those where we are confident you will have the best experience. We are proud to provide high-level, individualised teaching and support, with easy, regular access to lecturers and small class sizes so you can get the most out of your study.

Students, graduates and employers recognise the quality of our courses in nursing, teaching, business, counseling and ministry and theology. We offer the best learning resources, skill development, student support, teaching quality, undergraduate learner development and overall student experience in New South Wales.*

We are renewing our curriculum, renovating our campuses and reshaping our approach to community engagement, because our focus is on quality and impact. We want to make measurable improvements in your life and the lives of those you love through our education and research.

Pathways for you

Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself with vocational training, take the first step with undergraduate study, broaden your horizon with a masters degree or join a growing higher degree by research community, we have a path for you. Choose from courses across arts, business, lifestyle medicine, nursing, ministry and theology, outdoor leadership and teaching. And with our wellbeing program for new students, you can make new friends, help the community and learn to lead. With up to $600,000 in scholarships, we can help with your fees.

Student life

Studying at Avondale is unlike that at any other university. Students love the green, natural environment of our Lake Macquarie campus. They also love the easy access to our state-of-the-art health facilities and practical learning environments of our campus at Sydney Adventist Hospital. But it’s about more than just attending classes in productive spaces. Sharing life with friends, receiving genuine care from lecturers, participating in service-oriented activities and growing your faith in a supportive environment make your Avondale experience unique. This sense of belonging stays with you long after you graduate.

*The Good Universities Guide 2023 rankings

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