USC students receive a high-quality educational experience, with flexibility to study at multiple campus locations from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast.
Students benefit from friendly and supportive environments, access to highly qualified teaching staff, personal attention, and modern technology and facilities. Study choices are wide, and degrees are complemented by opportunities to gain practical experience and travel overseas.
The University is registered in the Australian University category in the National Register of Higher Education Providers, meaning USC complies with the Higher Education Standards for Australian universities, made under Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.
USC will be a university of international standing and an unsurpassed community asset, focusing on the region from Moreton Bay to Fraser Coast.
USC is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities, serving an extensive region from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast. When the University opened its first campus on the Sunshine Coast in 1996 with 500 students, it was the first greenfield public university to be established nationally since the early 1970s.
Today, with almost 18,000 enrolled students, USC is on track to be a comprehensive multi-campus university growing towards 35,000 students.
- Arts and international studies
- Business, tourism and events
- Communication, design and creative industries
- Environmental studies
- Law and criminology
- Medical and health sciences
- Nursing, midwifery and paramedicine
- Psychology and social sciences
- Science, IT and engineering
- Sport and exercise science
Degrees can include elective courses and specialisations across a range of disciplines.
Academic programs are designed with industry to meet regional needs and often include opportunities for work experience, internships and practical industry-based projects.
Learn more about USC’s courses and programs.
USC offers convenient study locations including Fraser Coast, Gympie, Caboolture and a research facility on the world-heritage-listed Fraser Island. USC Moreton Bay opened in 2020, offering the first full-scale university campus for the region.
Each region has its own identity, aspirations and needs. By providing high-quality educational opportunities, USC students are empowered to play a role in shaping the future of their regions, and to share the benefits of their education with their families and communities.
Campus locations feature collaborative study areas, lecture theatres, computer labs, libraries, simulation areas, and high-tech teaching spaces.
USC’s first and largest campus at the Sunshine Coast features modern, distinctive architecture and environmentally sensitive design. It has been recognised with more than 30 awards in planning, architecture and construction, and was the first university in Australia to gain full EnviroDevelopment accreditation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
As part of a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2025, USC's energy partner Veolia has installed solar panels at USC Sunshine Coast, which are linked to a 4.5 megalitre water storage tank used to cool water for air-conditioning.
USC Sunshine Coast also features a sports precinct that includes an international-standard athletics track, an indoor sports stadium with gymnasium, and an Olympic-standard swimming pool.
Bordered by Mooloolah River National Park, the USC Sunshine Coast is a wildlife reserve, providing sanctuary for native wildlife, including wild kangaroos.
USC undertakes research of international, national and local significance.
Our areas of research focus include medical and health science, sustainability and the environment, animal and marine ecology, aquaculture and agriculture, forestry research, accident research, and creative humanities.
USC has been rated by the Australian Research Council as having 26 research fields at or above world standard, including the equal highest rating nationally in nursing, zoology, and environmental science and management.
USC’s national and international research impact is growing fast, with annual research income more than tripling in five years to reach $26 million.
Learn more about research at USC.
USC has a proud record of achievement in learning and teaching. It has consistently received a five-star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide, and wins more than its share of national teaching awards.
The University has also earned multiple five-star ratings for its educational experience, including overall graduate satisfaction, graduate satisfaction with generic skills, gender balance, Indigenous participation and electronic support. Students and graduates regularly remark on the quality of their experiences and the personal nature of the teaching and support they receive.
USC students benefit from a supportive approach and ready access to teaching staff who are highly qualified. A full range of support services assist students to overcome challenges to study, and many USC students are from identified equity groups. Close to half of undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend university.
USC offers a range of scholarships and bursaries across award programs for students of all abilities. The University has a High Performance Student Athlete program, designed to assist elite and emerging athletes to achieve excellence in both their sport and their study.
Strong partnerships with industry and work integrated learning experiences provide a practical study focus and can open doors to employment opportunities.
USC’s Study Overseas program enables students to earn credit towards their degree while studying at partner universities around the world. At the same time, about 20 percent of students come from more than 70 countries to study at USC.
The Innovation Centre supports local knowledge-based businesses and helps enterprising students and graduates in their entrepreneurial ventures.
USC is committed to its communities, opening higher-education opportunities to some of Australia's fastest growing regions with the belief that opportunity is everywhere.
As one of Australia’s fastest growing regional universities, USC is committed to unlocking the innovation, productivity and full human potential of our regions, and to working with government, industry and community to encourage prosperity in a knowledge-driven world.
The University regularly partners with governments and organisations to support events for its communities and each year more than $500 million is contributed to local economies through student, staff, alumni and direct institutional spending.
The USC Sunshine Coast Art Gallery and the annual community events program bring world-class speakers, entertainment and cultural events for community enjoyment.
Local health and recreation is supported through the University’s extensive facilities too.
Each year, USC recognises members of our community who have made outstanding achievements by conferring a variety of honorary awards.
Learn more about regional engagement at USC.