Founded 1874 by Act of provincial legislature. Became autonomous under Act of Parliament. Member of the Group of Eight (Australia's leading research universities).
- Academic year: March to November (1st semester: March-April, April-June, 2nd semester: July-September, October-November). Summer Semester (January-February), Winter Semester (June-July).
- Requirements: South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), International Baccalaureate or recognized foreign equivalent. Special Entry Schemes for mature students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and non-award students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences