Southern Cross University

About Southern Cross University

Celebrating 25 years in 2019, Southern Cross has been ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It’s an accolade we don’t take lightly - we are constantly reviewing our degrees and pathway programs to make sure you are equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to forge your twenty-first century career. 

SCU College is an academic unit of the University that offers diplomas and pathway programs with additional academic support. Successful graduates of these programs are guaranteed entry to related Southern Cross bachelor degrees.   

Southern Cross University student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants


Successful applicants will receive an offer of admission from Southern Cross University which will include acceptance and enrolment procedures.


If you have undertaken study elsewhere like TAFE or university, or had work experience at a professional level during the past 10 years, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing (credit, exemption or recognition of prior learning) which could shorten the length of your study at Southern Cross University. 


Initial course deferment of one year (except for STAR Early Entry offers) is available, but a deferred offer can be deferred again in the following year. Applicants must request deferment directly to the University after acceptance of their offer. 

To find out more, visit the SCU website

Campus information


Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

To find out more, visit the SCU website

Student and campus services

Southern Cross University has a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Facilities vary depending on the campus and may include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre.

The University supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.


Southern Cross University has dedicated disability and equity services for students with disability and special needs.


Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS) provides an extensive service to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying at Southern Cross University. There are IASS officers at each campus.


All SCU campuses provide a list of off-campus accommodation available in their area. Accommodation for students in colleges at both Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses is managed by Campus Living Villages. 

To find out more, visit the SCU website.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All SCU students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. In addition, students can choose to pay student association fees.

To find out more about course fees, visit the SCU website.


All students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students - $151 per half year ($302 annually)
  • part-time students - $101 per half year ($202 annually).

Eligible students are able to apply for a SA-HELP loan scheme to defer these fees.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the SCU website.