Avondale University

Avondale University

Avondale University is a small tertiary education provider affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

  • Avondale offers degrees in teaching, theology, and nursing, with additional programs in business, science, and arts.
  • The main campus is at Lake Macquarie (Newcastle), with the nursing school based in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga.
  • Avondale received full university status on 1 July 2021.

Website: avondale.edu.au

About Avondale

Students: 1,302

  • Domestic students: 1,118
  • Society and Culture students: 377
  • Health students: 350
  • Education bachelor students: 307

Cities with an Avondale campus

Newcastle (Lake Macquarie), Sydney

Who Owns Avondale University?

Avondale University is a not-for-profit private university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, specifically the Seventh-day Adventist Church (South Pacific) Limited.

Australian universities are nearly all public, meaning they are owned and funded by the government, subject to government regulations and policies, and have a mandate to provide education to the wider community. Public universities offer a wide range of programs and research opportunities.

In contrast to most Australian universities, Avondale University is a not-for-profit private university established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is not owned or operated by the Australian government.

While Avondale receives some government funding and is subject to certain government regulations, it operates independently and has a unique mission to foster a Christian learning community dedicated to serving world needs.

Avondale also has a smaller student body and offers a more focused range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational programs with a strong emphasis on developing the whole person, including spiritual development.

Further reading: Avondale University: Who We Are