About Us

Our Story

Avondale is a leading not-for-profit provider of tertiary education, offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational courses in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

Established in 1897 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Avondale College of Higher Education will celebrate its 120th birthday in 2017. A leading private tertiary education provider, combining elements of the Christian faith with a continuously high-standard of academic achievement, Avondale provides an environment that is inclusive of people of all faiths and beliefs.

Avondale is proud to be part of a worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church educational network that includes 99 universities and colleges with a combined enrolment of almost 90,000 students. There are also 5,500 secondary and primary schools, with a combined enrolment of almost 1,000,000 students.

Something that has not (and will not) change at Avondale is a continuous commitment to core values. Should you choose to come to Avondale for your undergraduate or postgraduate educational experience, you will be attending a leading private tertiary education institution with a faith-affirming community, ample opportunities for spiritual growth and service, and excellent employment prospects.

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Globally-Recognised Accreditation

Globally-Recognised Accreditation

In 2015, for the first time, Avondale’s graduates received Avondale-Charles Sturt University joint-badged awards. Over its 120-year history, Avondale has produced over 168,000 inspired and work-ready graduates. Avondale has an outstanding reputation in the Australian tertiary education environment.

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Leading Edge Research & Innovation

Research and Innovation

Avondale is a leading private tertiary education institution with a highly qualified academic faculty, a wide range of courses and a growing research culture. With more than 60% of applications resulting in grants, Avondale has become a demonstrated leader in research and innovation.

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Inspired, Work-Ready Graduates

Inspired, Work-Ready Graduates

With a graduate employment rate of over 84%*, Avondale’s graduates have consistently been employed above the national average and are highly regarded to be workplace-ready, largely because of the high level of practical experience provided to students throughout their courses.

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*2015 Australian Graduate survey
Campus Life

Campus Life

Avondale’s Lake Macquarie campus provides a picturesque environment conducive to productive learning and the Sydney campus provides state-of-the-art facilities for future nurses. Avondale College provides supportive and holistic tertiary education via qualified leading lecturers and scholars, and will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in your chosen career and your life. Lecturers are available regularly to provide individualised guidance to both on-campus and distance education students. With just over 1,400 students, you will never be lost in the crowd.

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