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Southern Cross University

country rank  31
world rank  1036

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Founded in 1994, the Southern Cross University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the rural setting of the small city of Lismore (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), New South Wales. This institution also has a branch campus in Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads. Officially recognized by the Department of Education and Training of Australia, Southern Cross University (SCU) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational Australian higher education institution. Southern Cross University (SCU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 29-year-old Australian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this Australian higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. SCU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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moderately selective
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University Identity

Acronym SCU
Founded 1994
Motto A New Way to Think

University Location

Address Military Road
2480 New South Wales
Tel +61 (0)2 6620 3000
Fax +61 (0)2 6620 3700
Other locations Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads

Study Areas and Degree Levels


The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the Southern Cross University's academic range and degree level offering.

Study Areas and Degree Levels Matrix

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Programs and courses


What are University programs and courses? University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.

Programs and courses

uniRank publishes the following list of Southern Cross University's programs and/or courses; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the Southern Cross University's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Associate Degree in Arts
  • Associate Degree in Health Science
  • Associate Degree in Information Technology
  • Associate Degree in Social Science
  • Associate Degree of Environmental Science
  • Associate Degree of Law
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Applied Computing
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Aviation
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Music
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Science
  • Bachelor of Human Services
  • Bachelor of Indigenous Studies
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Media
  • Bachelor of Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Natural Therapies
  • Bachelor of Naturopathy
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Sport Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Teaching
  • Bachelor of Technology Education
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Graduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Community Development
  • Graduate Diploma in Convention and Event Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning
  • Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in International Business
  • Graduate Diploma in International Sport Management
  • Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Forestry
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Public Health
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology and Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Community Development
  • Master of Convention and Event Management
  • Master of Environmental Science
  • Master of Health Science
  • Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Master of Indigenous Studies
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of International Sport Management
  • Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Marine Science and Management
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Technology and Management
  • Master of Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Commerce and Management)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Contemporary Music)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science and Management)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Exercise Science and Sport Management)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (GCM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Legal Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Multimedia and Information Technology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Natural and Complementary Medicine)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Qualifying)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Tourism)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Social Science)

Yearly Tuition


Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. This uniRank Tuition Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students (local and international students) and 2 degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at the Southern Cross University. However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the Southern Cross University's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on Australia's cost of living.

Yearly Tuition Range Matrix

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Not reported Not reported
10,000-12,499 US$
(9,110-11,390 Euro)
12,500-14,999 US$
(11,390-13,670 Euro)

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Admissions info


Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.

Admission Info and stats

uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the Southern Cross University's admission policy and statistics.

Admission Gender

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Admission Selection

Has the Southern Cross University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

The Southern Cross University's acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

International Admissions

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Admission Office Admission Office

Military Road
Lismore 2480
(0)2 6620 3876

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why:

  • Resources: a larger university may have more resources available to its students, including research facilities, libraries, and extracurricular activities. However, a smaller university may offer a more personalized experience and smaller class sizes.
  • Diversity: the size and profile of a university can impact the diversity of its student body, faculty and curriculum. Larger universities may attract more international students and offer a wider range of academic programs, while smaller universities may have a more homogenous population.
  • Networking: a larger university may offer more opportunities for networking and building connections with other students and professionals in your field, but smaller universities may offer a tighter-knit community and more personalized networking opportunities.
  • Quality of Education: a university with a lower student-staff ratio typically means that students will receive more personalized attention from their instructors. This can lead to more individualized instruction, more opportunities for feedback and guidance and a better learning experience overall.
  • Location: campus setting can have an impact on students' access to resources, cost of living, transportation, social life and safety.
  • Religious affiliation: while it may not be the most important factor for everyone, understanding the religious affiliation of a university can help students determine if it aligns with their personal beliefs and provide a unique academic and spiritual experience.

Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the Southern Cross University.

Student Enrollment

The Southern Cross University has a student enrollment range of 15,000-19,999 making it a large-sized institution.

Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 400-499 academic employees (Faculty).

Control Type Control Type

The Southern Cross University is a public higher education institution.

Entity Type

The Southern Cross University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Trimesters type of academic calendar.

Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Rural setting.

Religious Affiliation

The Southern Cross University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the Southern Cross University offer? University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.

Facilities and Services

uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the Southern Cross University.


This institution has a physical Library for its students. Go to the Southern Cross University's Library


This institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.

Sport Facilities

This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

Financial Aids

This institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.

Study Abroad

This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Distance Learning

This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses.

Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

Not reported

Career Services Career Services

Not reported

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Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system:

  • Institutional legal recognition: institutional legal recognition of a University refers to the formal recognition of the university's legal status by the government of a country. Legally recognized higher education institutions are chartered, registered and/or licensed by government bodies to be legal entities authorized to teach at the tertiary level.
  • Institutional accreditation: institutional accreditation is a type of additional quality assessment that evaluates the overall quality of an institution as a whole. Institutional accrediting bodies assess a University's overall mission, governance, leadership, faculty qualifications, student support services, financial stability and academic offering. Institutional accreditation is a concept that mainly exists in the US higher education system and a few other countries. So if you plan to study in the United States make sure that the University you choose is not only registered or licensed but officially accredited by a recognized accrediting body. In the US uniRank only includes accredited institutions.
  • Programmatic or specialized accreditation: programmatic or specialized accreditation, on the other hand, is a type of accreditation that evaluates and accredits specific academic programs within a University. Programmatic accreditation, granted by specialized national or international accrediting bodies, assesses the quality and rigor of a program's curriculum, faculty qualifications, student outcomes and resources and is focused on ensuring that a specific program or course meets industry standards and requirements.

uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.

Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

The Southern Cross University is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Department of Education and Training of Australia

Year of first Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • National ELT Accreditation Scheme Limited (NEAS)

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons:

  • Collaboration and networking: they can provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with other universities, academic institutions and industry partners. This can lead to joint research projects, sharing of resources and expertise and collaborations on educational programs and initiatives.
  • Access to resources: they can provide access to a wide range of resources, including research facilities, academic journals and funding opportunities. This can be especially beneficial for smaller or less well-resourced universities, which may not have the same level of access to resources as larger and more established institutions.
  • Quality assurance: membership in professional or industry organizations can provide a level of quality assurance for Universities, ensuring that they meet certain standards and requirements in terms of academic programs, research and student support services. However, membership in an organization does not necessarily imply a formal accreditation or quality assurance process for the University's programs.
  • Recognition and reputation: membership in prestigious or exclusive organizations can enhance the reputation and recognition of a university, both locally and internationally. This can lead to increased visibility and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
  • Internationalization: memberships and affiliations can facilitate internationalization efforts, including student and faculty exchange programs, joint research initiatives and collaborations with international partners. This can help to broaden the global perspective of a university and provide opportunities for students and faculty to gain international experience and exposure.

Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.

Memberships and Affiliations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Southern Cross University's memberships and affiliations; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the Southern Cross University's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Universities Australia

Academic Structure


Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following:

  • Colleges
  • Faculties
  • Schools
  • Institutes
  • Academies
  • Departments
  • Divisions
  • Centers

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.

Academic Structure

uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Southern Cross University's organizational structure.


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Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Here are some ways in which the official Southern Cross University's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:

  • Researching universities: social media can be a useful tool for researching universities that prospective students may be interested in attending. By following the Southern Cross University on social media, potential students can learn more about the university's culture, values, academic programs and campus life. They can also engage with current students and alumni to get a sense of their experiences and valuable perspectives from the inside.
  • Engagement with the University: social media allows the Southern Cross University to engage with prospective students by answering questions, sharing news and events and showcasing the university's offerings. Potential students can appraise how up-to-date and relevant is the content published through social media and how prompt and efficient the Southern Cross University is in answering their queries.

Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the Southern Cross University's profile and level of engagement.

Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some Southern Cross University's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

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LinkedIn LinkedIn

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TikTok TikTok


Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.

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Video Presentation

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