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University Senior College

About USC

Established in 2002, University Senior College (USC) is an academic, co-educational, independent school offering senior secondary education for students in Years 11 and 12.

We are dedicated to providing you with a head-start, by making available a senior school education that thoroughly prepares you for success at University and beyond. Our students achieve this by becoming confident, independent learner, who value personal integrity, mutual respect and cultural diversity.
In partnership with the University of Adelaide, USC offers students a unique opportunity to take charge of your own learning, as you manage your transition to tertiary study in a professional and supportive environment.
It is recognised that, as young adults, your needs are special. You will learn in an environment where you are respected and given encouragement and guidance in your final years at school.

Highly professional and caring subject specialist teachers will offer mentoring and support your growth in a vibrant and stimulating learning environment embedded within The University of Adelaide campus. We look forward to sharing this unique and exciting educational journey with you.

Partner's Pathway to The University of Adelaide

The USC Partner's Pathway is an opportunity to secure a guaranteed place at The University of Adelaide on the basis of academic achievement within the school and the demonstration of behaviours and attitudes that support success in tertiary studies.

Students who follow the Partner's Pathway are expected to complete SACE and secure an ATAR, but a guaranteed course of study at the University of Adelaide is based upon a recommendation from the school Principal to the Vice Chancellor. The recommendation is made on the basis of a number of factors including:

• Strong academic progress in a program of study leading to SACE.
• The study of five Stage 2 subjects apart from the Research Project.
• An appropriate choice of subjects for a given tertiary pathway.
• A positive attitude to learning.
• The development of those qualities required of an independent learner.
• Punctuality, organisation and participation.

Neither University Senior College nor the University of Adelaide expects 'perfection'. What is expected is that individuals prioritise their studies and they demonstrate the capacity to make positive changes to manage their learning. The assessment process is conducted during the first semester of Year 12 and a final recommendation is made after the school's midyear exams in July. On the basis of the school recommendation the University of Adelaide provides USC students with a guaranteed place for the following year. All courses offered by the University of Adelaide are available except those that require an audition, interview or UMAT.

College Facilities

The College campus is located in The University of Adelaide, North Terrace precinct.

The main College campus is located in a modern, spacious, 2-storey building in the University of Adelaide precinct. This campus consists of well-equipped classrooms, student study areas, staff and administrative offices and computer suites. USC has a campus in Charles Street, Adelaide which also provides more well-equipped classrooms, computer suites, the Careers centre and the Drama and Art studios. The Jordan Laboratories, situated in the University grounds provide an exciting home for the sciences.

The Joint Venture Agreement with the University of Adelaide provides USC students with access to a number of campus facilities. These include the Barr Smith Library, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, dedicated laboratories in the Jordan Building and the University’s computer system.

Learning facilities consist of well-equipped classrooms, five dedicated computer suites, a careers room, art studio and drama theatre, as well as private study rooms and ready internet access (including wireless).

Why choose USC?

Prepares students for university within a university setting

Immerses students in a university style-learning environment closely managing the transition from secondary to tertiary study

Ensures development of independent study skills and self motivation through well managed structured support programs

Awards graduates who meet the required course prerequisites, with the recognised qualifications to enter any Australian university

Gives students access to The University of Adelaide’s extensive facilities and resources

Provides a culture of high achievement

Provides students with the best possible opportunities for academic success

Promotes personal as well as academic development, focusing on application, not just retention of knowledge

Keeps you informed with comprehensive monitoring of your son or daughter’s performance, attitude, effort and attendance

Acknowledges the success of the past while striving to be at the cutting edge of innovation and forward thinking

Supplies students with modern facilities and technological infrastructure that allow the best opportunities for achievement

Specialist Teachers

University Senior College has an experienced and highly qualified teaching staff who specialise in preparing students for university entry. They are dedicated to the well-being and academic success of every student.

The relative absence of extra-curricular duties allows teachers the opportunity to provide individual tuition and support for the students in their care.

Teachers and students relate on first-name terms, fostering friendliness and mutual respect. In this supportive climate, students are encouraged to work closely with teachers. Staff are always willing to discuss issues relating to students’ academic and personal welfare and welcome contact with parents.

Academic Results

Academic results and school performance information is updated yearly via the USC website.

All reports are available online:

University Senior College

The University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000
Phone: 08 8313 4988
Fax: 08 8313 4887



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Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Senior
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Academically Selective: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • International Students: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes


Open Days 

Presentation and Principal’s address commences at 2.00pm sharp in The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide followed by interactive tours led by our specialist teaching staff. Please contact us for details.

Guided Tours 

Personal tours led by University Senior College senior staff during the school term, held between
9.30am – 11.30am.

Registrations for these can be made online


University Senior College offers academic scholarships for students commencing fulltime studies in year 11.  Scholarships offered are from 25% to 100% of tuition fees awarded entirely on the results of the Scholarship Selection Test (SST) developed by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER).

For more information please contact or 08 8313 4988


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