Why Study With Us
Southern Cross University is powered by passion.
Our people are driven by excellence and a desire to constantly build on the quality of their teaching and research. We are a university of great collegiality and high achievement.
Southern Cross is deeply rooted in its regional communities and demonstrates that world-class research, teaching and learning thrives outside metropolitan centres. We create and apply knowledge in partnership with our communities in fields that are regionally relevant and globally significant.
With over 20 years of delivering online and blended learning, a 5-star rating in learning resources and student support* and being among the best-paid graduate salaries* in Australia, there’s never been a better time to study with us at Southern Cross University.
*The Good Universities Guide 2021
Facilities and services
We are surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated colleagues and environments of stunning natural beauty. Our campuses, at Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, on the Gold Coast across from Kirra Beach and in picturesque Coffs Harbour, are the envy of Australia. Whale-watching from a Gold Coast classroom or spotting a koala from a Lismore lab are part of the unique Southern Cross experience.
We also have seven branch campuses, including the National Marine Science Centre, located in Coffs Harbour on the east coast of Australia and adjacent to the Solitary Islands Marine Park, boasting state-of-the-art laboratories and field facilities.
Admission and Selection
1. STAR Early Offer
The STAR program allows you to secure your place in a Southern Cross University degree before your Year 12 results are even released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and give you a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on your Year 12 results.
2. Transition to Uni
Southern Cross University is offering Year 12 students and recent high school graduates an opportunity to guarantee a place at university in 2022.
Transition to Uni is a fee-free, six-week intensive preparatory course designed for school leavers who have completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or equivalent). This full-time program involves 10 hours of class and up to 30 hours of independent study and assessment preparation each week.
3. Preparing for Success Program
Unleash your potential with our Preparing for Success Program. It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking a career change or didn't graduate from high school; university is a real option for you.
This award-winning program teaches you how to manage your time, write essays, undertake research and apply mathematical concepts, providing the skills you need to succeed at university and progress towards a new career.
Graduates gain direct entry into a range of Southern Cross University degrees*.
*Some courses also have additional entry requirements.
At Southern Cross University, we deliver flexible learning options in the following study areas:
- Education and Teaching
- Indigenous Knowledge
- Information Technology
- Music and Creative Arts
- Pathway Programs
- Science and Environment
- Social Work and Community Welfare
- Design your degree
- Short courses