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Southern Cross University

From our very beginning, we have been a University to challenge convention.

Southern Cross University (SCU) is an Australian public university, with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, and at Coolangatta, the most southern suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland.

In 2019, it was ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Type Public research university
Established 1970
Endowment A$304
Chancellor Sandra McPhee
Academic staff
Students 17,350
Administrative staff 596
Location Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Gold Coast, New South Wales and Queensland, Australia
Campus Urban, parkland and regional with multiple sites
Nickname Marlines
Sporting affiliations
UniSport | EAEN


Southern Cross University was established on 1 January 1994. The University's identity – the Southern Cross constellation – symbolises a guiding light for the curious and a beacon for independent thinking.

Over the decades that have followed, this founding vision has led to Southern Cross being known as one of Australia’s most innovative universities.

Rather than emulating institutions steeped in tradition, Southern Cross proudly ventured in a new direction, focused firmly on the future. Allied health courses – from nursing to osteopathy and naturopathy to occupational therapy – reef restoration, regenerative agriculture, education and responsible business leadership are just a handful of fields demonstrating our commitment to a brighter future.

With more than 75,000 graduates and world-leading research, our impact is felt in our local communities and across the globe.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Business Programmes

  • Bachelor of Business & Enterprise with majors in,
    • Business & Data Analytics
    • Accounting
    • Financial Services

Information Technology Programmes

  • Bachelor of Information Technology with majors in,
    • Software Development
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