At Southern Cross University, we are driven by a clear purpose: to change lives through revolutionary learning and research with real impact. Our game-changing education model is focused on active, immersive learning and increased student success with an innovative calendar of six-week terms.
The University is world-ranked, with outstanding facilities located in stunning natural environments. Established in 1994, Southern Cross University has three main campuses at Lismore, the Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour. A unique partnership with Mulpha Australia enables study at The Hotel School in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and on Hayman Island. Branch campuses also operate in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in partnership with EduCo, and the Coomera Creative Campus in partnership with TAFE Queensland.
We continue to break new ground with world-leading research activity in fields like coral reproduction, biogeochemistry and agriculture, producing knowledge that has an impact not just in the regions where the university is located, but all over the world. Together, we are Transforming Tomorrow.
Gold Coast campus
Our Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta, just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach. Many vantage points from the campus buildings offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The campus is spread across three multi-level buildings that house innovative learning spaces, health science laboratories, computer labs, student lounges, the University’s Digital Enterprise Lab and an on-campus Health Clinic.
At the Gold Coast campus you can study: Arts and Humanities, Business and Enterprise, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Midwifery, Biomedical Science, Osteopathy, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Sport and Exercise Science, Naturopathy, Information Technology, Law, Social Work and Community Welfare as well as Contemporary Music, Digital Media and IT at our Coomera Creative Campus that operates in partnership with TAFE Queensland.
Northern Rivers campus
Lismore is the foundation Southern Cross campus, located in the heart of the Northern Rivers on acres of lush rainforest that is also home to abundant native wildlife and a koala hospital. The campus is within easy reach of beautiful national parks and beaches at Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina.
The campus has state-of-the-art creative studios, engineering and environmental science facilities, specialist health labs and simulated hospital wards, a Learning Centre and library complex, on-campus accommodation, a gym, heated pool and an on-campus Health Clinic.
At the Lismore campus you can study: Arts and Humanities, Business and Enterprise, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Sport and Exercise Science, Indigenous Knowledge, Contemporary Music, Digital Media, Art and Design, Science and Environment, and Regenerative Agriculture.
Coffs Harbour campus
Our Coffs Harbour campus is part of an innovation hub, within easy reach of the ocean, international sporting facilities and a regional airport. An advanced Health Sciences Building features a biomechanics running track and high-tech simulation teaching laboratories, surrounded by extensive green spaces and sporting fields. The campus has on-campus accommodation and a gym, library and student lounges.
The University’s National Marine Science Centre is also located in Coffs Harbour, on the shores of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, and is one of Australia’s leading facilities for marine science teaching and research.
At the Coffs Harbour campus you can study: Marine Science, Education, Nursing, Midwifery, Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathology.
March start 2023
Orientation: February 2023
Teaching starts: March 2023
For the latest information, visit scu.edu.au/teachingcalendar
Courses requiring special entry procedures/tertiary prerequisites
All Southern Cross University undergraduate education courses require applicants to complete a non-academic requirements statement as part of their application; visit qtac.edu.au/teacher-entry.
The Bachelor of Contemporary Music requires an audition. All applicants for The Hotel School are selected on their individual merit and may be required to attend an interview.
Southern Cross University offers many courses online through direct application. Visit the SCU website for more information.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
Indigenous Australian applicants who believe they may not meet the usual admission requirements are invited to a testing and assessment program for consideration for admission to their preferred course. For information, email Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS) or phone 1800 626 481.
Recognition of prior learning
There are a variety of reasons prospective students could gain credit towards their study, including recognition of prior learning and industry experience. Southern Cross University recognises qualifications from TAFE institutes and other educational providers in formal agreements that grant advanced standing towards a number of courses. Visit scu.edu.au/advancedstanding.
Discipline-specific facilities vary at each campus. General student facilities also vary at each campus but may include food outlets, bookshops, gymnasium and sporting facilities, swimming pool, health clinic, and banking facilities. Visit scu.edu.au/campuses for details.
All the University’s campuses provide a list of off-campus accommodation available in their area. There are on-campus residential colleges at both Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. For details, visit scu.edu.au/accommodation.
Student support services
Academic support is available to all students through appointment, workshops and online resources. Programs such as UniMentor and Study Buddi also offer peer-to-peer support. Students can access a range of other supports include career advice, counselling services and other health services. Free and confidential support services are available for students with a disability. The University also has a range of equity programs including a LGBTIQ+ Ally Network and annual Fusion Festival to celebrate our diverse communities. Southern Cross University is an inclusive and culturally safe work and study environment. For a full list of student support services, visit scu.edu.au/studentsupportservices.
To help you compare the admission criteria and processes of different universities and colleges, SCU publishes information sets that tell you about, for example, your potential student cohort and how applicants are assessed.
For more information about entry requirements and admissions processes, visit the SCU website.
Course admissions information
For course admission information (including the ATAR/selection rank profile for semester 1, 2022 admissions), refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157
LISMORE NSW 2480 Australia