The adsorption of copper in aqueous solutions by steel slag was studied in batch adsorption experiments. The adsorption equilibrium data fitted best with Langmuir and Freundlich equations. The adsorption was preferential type. A comparison of the kinetics models on the apparent adsorption rate showed that the adsorption system was best described by the pseudo-second-order kinetics. The adsorption rate was controlled by both liquid film diffusion and intraparticle dispersion.