Why Avondale

Avondale College of Higher Education is unique in the Australian Higher Education system. Established in 1897, we are one of only three Christian Higher Education institutions in the country that offer such a wide range of government accredited degrees. We are also committed to providing education that prepares people to make a significant difference in the world.

Here are the top 10 reasons you should study at Avondale:

The Avondale experience


What has become known as the 'Avondale experience' is hard to describe, but ask anyone who has been here and they will agree that their experience at Avondale was among the most memorable times of their life. From the moment you arrive on campus as a new student until you leave, you will sense an amazing spirit of friendship. Find out more about student life at Avondale.

Courses for everyone


At Avondale, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Arts, Business, Education, Ministry and Theology, Nursing and Science. We also offer the Diploma of General Studies, an academic pathway course and vocational programs in Outdoor Recreation. What makes our courses so unique is that they can be customised to fit your individual needs.

Small class sizes


With just over 1,400 students studying at Avondale, you will never be lost in the crowd. Unlike some larger tertiary providers, our tutors and lecturers are always available to provide students with individual and personalised attention.

Student satisfaction


For over 10 years, Avondale College of Higher Education has received five star ratings in the Good Universities Guide, ranking Avondale amongst some of Australia's top universities.

In 2013, Avondale topped the Educational Experience rankings, receiving five star ratings in:
staff qualifications
teaching quality
overall satisfaction

Avondale outperformed other NSW universities in these areas including Sydney, UNSW, Macquarie, ACU and Newcastle.

Private higher education provider


As a not-for-profit organisation, Avondale is run to benefit its students. 100% of tuition fees are reinvested back into Avondale, meaning you reap all the benefits of your contributions.

Christian environment


At Avondale, we encourage a strong service ethic in professionally qualified graduates. We have developed a
life-changing approach to higher education by combining elements of Christian faith and living with a high standard of academic achievement. We are also respectful of the faith and spiritual traditions of others.

Campus location


Lake Macquarie
Nestled between Newcastle and the Central Coast, Avondale boasts a campus with modern facilities, historical buildings and picturesque surrounds. We are a short driving distance to beaches, shopping centres, mountains and lakes.

Sydney
Avondale’s Faculty of Nursing and Health is situated on the grounds of one of Australia’s largest and most comprehensive private hospitals, the Wahroonga based Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH). This means that as a nursing student, you will benefit from hospital-based training throughout your degree.

Highly qualified teachers


100% of Avondale teachers have a postgraduate qualification - either a PhD or Masters in their discipline area.

Travel experience


Incorporated into some of Avondale's courses are travel opportunities to places such as South Asia and South East Asia and New Zealand.

Financial assistance


A wide range of financial assistance options exist for students, including scholarships, making Avondale an affordable option. For further details, click here.
Last Updated:15th September 2014
Updated By: Alyssa Faith