About Us

Our Story

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

Established in 1897 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Avondale values Excellence, Spirituality, Wellbeing, Integrity and Service. These core attributes are evident in our course offerings, extra-curricular activities, staff and student initiatives and our relationship with the wider community.

Avondale offers undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational (VET) courses across Arts, Business, Teaching, Nursing, Ministry and Theology and Outdoor Leadership. Avondale also has research centres leading the way in Lifestyle and Health; Christian Education; Scripture, Spirituality and Society; and Teaching and Learning.

Avondale caters for people of varied backgrounds who desire a Christian education. No test of religion, politics, race or gender is administered to determine admission as a student, the enjoyment of any benefits, advantages or privileges of the institution, or graduation.

Avondale’s campus locations speak to the importance of wellbeing and academic learning. Our main campus is in the picturesque City of Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia and our nursing-specific campus is on the grounds of one NSW’s largest private hospitals in Wahroonga, Sydney.

Avondale is proud to be part of a worldwide educational network within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, that welcomes people of any or no faith background. This learning community includes schools, universities and colleges that prepare students for lifelong learning and a worldview of service.

If you would like to continue your education in a wholistic, supporting and God-centred learning environment, we encourage you to be a part of the Avondale experience.

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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 University 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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