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University of the Sunshine Coast

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (12)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Journalism & Media (5)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



The university was established in 1994 and opened in 1996, as the Sunshine Coast University College.The university changed to its current name of the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999. The University of the Sunshine Coast is the first greenfields university established in Australia since 1971.


We provide our students with inclusive, personalised support in conjunction with programs that allow them ample opportunities to engage with their discipline, profession and community, including work integrated learning, entrepreneurship, and overseas study opportunities.


USC's researchers collaborate with local, national and international governments, institutions and industries to deliver innovative, high-quality research with real impact.

In 2015 the Australian Research Council ranked USC well above or above world standard in nine key research areas and equal to world standard in five others.


A one-on-one session with a member of the Career Development Team can help with career planning, goal setting, developing options, exploring personality work preferences, job search skills, interview coaching and overcoming career transition issues. Make an appointment on Student Hub for a 45 minute consultation which can be face to face, by telephone or by Skype. Log into Student Hub, go to the Appointments tab and choose the appropriate Career Counselling topic that you wish to discuss.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

Student Services and Engagement delivers a quality service by ensuring its systems, processes and procedures meet the needs of students and staff across the University.

Staff within Student Services and Engagement provide student focused advice and support and aim for excellence in service delivery across all administrative aspects of a student’s engagement with the University.

Housing services

Three privately–owned, fully–furnished student accommodation complexes are conveniently located next to the University. UniCentral, Varsity Apartments and The Village are all linked by pathway to the campus, which is an easy three–minute walk away.

Library services

The mission of the University of the Sunshine Coast Library is to provide quality services and collections that support the teaching, research and scholarship activities of the University.

Medical services

The University of the Sunshine Coast is committed to operating under the World Health Organisation Health Promoting Universities framework, which is based on the principles of the Ottawa Charter for health promotion.

Student Life

Campus life

The main University of the Sunshine Coast campus is at Sippy Downs, Queensland. The university also has teaching facilities in Noosa, and operates an education and research facility at Dilli Village on Fraser Island. The Sippy Downs campus is about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Brisbane. It is a 100-hectare flora and fauna reserve, and borders the Mooloolah River National Park.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Indeed i really like several courses that we offered in the university such as Criminal Investigation, Intelligence Gathering, Security Administration, Forensic Criminology, Cyber Security, Victimology, Criminology Studies, Criminal Psychology etc, which i have almost A and B grade in the given courses. I graduated with Second Class honour (2-2). And i have certificate of...

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My study experience was so exciting as I was so motivated with all means of support from the staff and friends, and with the academic services provided by the University.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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