Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University HIstory

After several years of discussions that began in 1959, Lismore Teachers College (shown at right) opened its inaugural year on Monday, February 23, 1970. It had 151 students and was mostly a single-purpose college. The Higher Education Act 1969 designated Lismore Teachers College as an University of Advanced Education on September 1, 1971.

Southern Cross University Education

Southern Cross University is dedicated to offering opportunities for education for our varied student population, particularly in rural and regional areas. We want to give our students with exciting teaching, cutting-edge research, and high-quality, dynamic learning opportunities so that they may grow into tomorrow's leaders, live lives they value, and be productive global citizens.

Southern Cross University Research

Southern Cross University undertakes research in areas where we are recognized to excel, and that can be readily scaled up from a regional model to have a national and worldwide influence. Our researchers contribute to real-world challenges like changing climate, natural resource management, food and nutrition security, health and wellness, and social welfare, and we are acknowledged for having world-leading expertise and infrastructure.

Southern Cross University Career

It is all about our students and attaining excellence in teaching, learning, and research at Southern Cross University. We are dedicated to offering inspiring learning opportunities that will educate our students to live lives they value and to be productive global citizens. It's about creating a work environment that encourages diverse and family-friendly work practises by encouraging a collaborative, open, and transparent culture. We encourage each other to act with integrity and transparency, as well as respect, collaboration, and trust.

Southern Cross University Rankings

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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education



The World Rankings are a valuable resource that compiles authoritative lists of the world's greatest institutions. They can see how frequently they generate new ideas, how well-known they are across the world, and how much they contribute to science and academia. After calculating and evaluating these factors, the universities are ranked according to their performance.

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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities



The Qs World University is one of the most prestigious international rankings that assesses university popularity and performance throughout the world. They assess a university's repute based on higher educationists, corporations that hire graduates, and the quality of its teaching. The amount of foreign professors and students at institutions, as well as the time studies shows research articles, are all factors considered by QS. QS rates institutions based on these factors after evaluating the relative them.

Southern Cross University Services

Student Service

Services & Support

  • Career
  • Counseling
  • Student access and inclusion
  • Unimentor Program
  • Health services
  • Polytheism and pastoral care
  • Room booking
  • Student loan
  • Habitat
  • Childcare/parents room
  • Computer Labs and Printing
  • Indigenous Australian Student Service (IASS)
  • Parking
  • Safety and security
  • Sexual harassment and sexual harassment
  • Student advocacy service
  • Student Representation and Student Union
  • Unilife

Housing Service

On the Lismore and Coffs Harbor campuses, four residential colleges provide a variety of on-campus accommodation alternatives. With their own kitchenette, living, dining area, and bathroom, the apartments are contemporary and well equipped.

  • Coffs Harbour SCU Village
  • Coffs Harbour SCU Village

Campus Living Village, in collaboration with SCU, manages SCU Village. Life On-Campus has all you need to make the most out of your university experience, from movie evenings and themed parties to study clubs and cooking workshops.

Library Service

Southern Cross University is ready to support you with your studies by offering access to online study spaces, and facilities, as well as one-on-one assistance with courses and assignments.

ICT Service

The Computing Terms of Usage at the University limit your use of University Systems to activities that are not directly connected to your research, study, or administrative duties. Violations of these Terms may result in removal from the Network and Network Services, as well as more serious disciplinary action.

Medical Service

Our students, employees, and the Lismore and Gold Coast community benefit from the excellence and dedication of the Southern Cross University Health Clinic.

The clinic offers services in the following areas:

  • General practice is bulk-billed solely at the Lismore campus.
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Nurse practitioner specializing in mental health
  • Therapeutic and Sports Massage
  • Osteologist
  • Physical therapy
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychology
  • Speech pathology 

Southern Cross University Student Life

Campus Life

Southern Cross University offers resources to assist you in finding off-campus private rentals (UNISTE) or housing at one of their On-Campus Resident Colleges (SCU Villages).

SCU Village is the place to be if you want to be on campus! Consider this: completely furnished flats, no packed buses to and from campus, and an unparalleled residential living programmed. It doesn't get much better (or more handy) than this for university students!

Sports Facilities

Southern Cross University has something for everyone in terms of sports, entertainment, and cultural activities.

To keep up with the newest Unilife news, events, opportunities, clubs, and activities, please "like" Unilife on Facebook.

Sports on campus

For the whole campus community, this is a pleasant, social sporting experience.

Student athlete of the highest caliber

During their education, we assist exceptional athletes in balancing their twin lives of training and competing at a high level.

Center for Fitness

Our sports and fitness centers include two gyms, an aquatic facility, two indoor sports courts, two sports fields, and four tennis courts spread over three campuses.

Southern Cross University Placements

From the beginning of their studies, Southern Cross University assists its students on a daily basis. SCU's career and employability division hosts a variety of skill-building courses and activities, as well as internships and business visits. Students can also benefit from resume development and interview preparation classes in order to advance their careers in Australia. The Good University Guide 2021 gives Southern Cross University a 5-star rating for graduate wages.

The average pay of Southern Cross University grad students is as follows:



Average Salary (AUD)

IT & Software Development


Logistics Operations & Purchasing


Executive Management


Sales & Business Development


The following is the average income for a Southern Cross University course:



Average Salary (AUD)



Bachelor (Other)


Bachelor of Art


Bachelor of Science


Other Degree


Southern Cross University is one of the best public institutions in Australia. It has been rated 601-800 internationally by Qs World University rankings in just 26 years. Its research programs have given it a solid reputation. It's not simple to get in here, but applicants who fulfil course-specific admission standards, English language test scores, and appropriate job experience have a better chance of being admitted.

Shortlisted candidates get an official offer letter in the mail from Southern Cross University. After getting the offer letter, applicants can choose to postpone, reject, or accept it. After payment of the course cost and acceptance of the offer letter, final admission is considered. The deadline to submit an application for periods 1 and 2 of 2022 is November 20, 2021.


Frequently asked questions

Is Southern Cross University a good school in Australia ?

Times Higher Education has recognised it as the world's finest young university at number 151-200. Yes, Australia has a good school.

What is the global ranking of SCU ?

SCU is ranked in the top 751-800 universities in the world by QS World Rankings.

What are some popular programs offered at Southern Cross University ?

Engineering, Business, Information Technology, Arts & Sciences, Psychology, Education, and Nursing are just a few of the popular courses available.

What is the deadline for making an admissions application at SCU ?

The deadline to submit an application for periods 1 and 2 of 2022 is November 20, 2021.

How much do Southern Cross University graduates earn after graduation ?

MBA graduates earn AUD 124000 per year, whereas Bachelor of Science graduates earn AUD 78000 per year.

How much cost do we require for accommodation in Australia ?

The average cost of lodging in Australia is AUD 140-250 per week.

What is Southern Cross University known for ?

SCU is well-known for its outstanding research capabilities. It is one of Australia's top young institutions.

Is an Indian student eligible for SCU admissions ?

After all, why not? Southern Cross University accepts applications from students from all around the world.

Is scholarship opportunity available for international students ?

There are a total of ten international student scholarships available.

What are international student statistics at SCU ?

Southern Cross University has a total of 32 percent international students. There are 3034 foreign students from over 60 nations enrolled at the university.