Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University
Gold Coast, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, The Hotel School Brisbane

About

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.

Established in 1994, Southern Cross University has three main campuses in the Northern Rivers, 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, and at the Coomera Creative Campus as a partnership with TAFE Queensland.

Gold Coast campus
Our Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta on Yugambeh Country, just 400 metres from beautiful North Kirra Beach. 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: Business, Conveyancing, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Midwifery, Biomedical Science, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Counselling, Osteopathy, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Sport and Exercise Science, Naturopathy, Information Technology, Law, Social Work and Community Welfare as well as Contemporary Music and Digital Media at our Coomera Creative Campus that operates in partnership with TAFE Queensland.

Northern Rivers campus
Lismore is the foundation Southern Cross campus, located on Bundjalung Country in the Northern Rivers. Set on acres of lush rainforest that includes a koala hospital, the Northern Rivers 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: Business, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Counselling, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Sport and Exercise Science, Indigenous Knowledge, Digital Media, Art and Design, Science, Environment, Regenerative Agriculture and Veterinary Technology.

Coffs Harbour campus
Our Coffs Harbour campus on Gumbaynggirr Country 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, Counselling, Nursing, Midwifery, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy (University approval pending), Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathology.

Key dates
Orientation: February, June, October 2025
Teaching starts: March, July, November 2025
Open Days: Northern Rivers 4 August 2024; Coffs Harbour 11 August; online 14 August; Gold Coast 18 August 2024. discover.scu.edu.au

For more information on key dates, visit scu.edu.au/teachingcalendar.

Courses with 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.

Online study
Southern Cross offers many courses online through direct application. Visit scu.edu.au/online.

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, contact Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS) by email at iass@scu.edu.au 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.

Facilities
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.

Student accommodation
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 individual or small group appointments, workshops and online resources. Students can access a range of other supports include mentoring, 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/current-students/services-and-support.

More information
Visit scu.edu.au or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.

Admission criteria

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.

How to apply
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.

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Phone
1800 626 481
+61 2 6620 3444
Mail

Future Students
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157
LISMORE NSW 2480 Australia

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