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A snapshot of USC's enrolments, students, graduates and staff.

13,492 students

(in total as at Census 1 2017)

Enrolments growth 
Year Student numbers
2017 13,492
2016 11,602
2015 10,447
2014 9,652
2013 8,904
2012 8,139
2011 7,766
2010 7,276
2009 6,325
2008 5,833
2007 5,246
2006 4,760
2005 4,280
2004 3,862
2003 3,556
2002 3,446
2001 3,050
2000 2,686
1999 2,403
1998 1,946
1997 1,185
1996 524
86% | Satisfied students

of the University’s undergraduates1 were satisfied2 with the overall quality of their entire educational experience at the University according to the 2015 Student Experience Survey3.

17,518 | Graduates

Since the first graduation ceremony in 1999, 1,646 graduates from the University of the Sunshine Coast have graduated with at least one other degree with 19,391 awards conferred to 17,518 students.

90% | Graduate outcomes

of the University's Australian resident undergraduates were employed full-time or part-time, or enrolled in full-time study based on responses to the 2015 Australian Graduate Survey. 4

Students by study location

10,702

USC Sippy Downs

358

USC Fraser Coast

299

USC SouthBank

248

USC Gympie

107

Noosa

74

USC Melbourne

47

North Lakes

14

Caboolture

Our students

Student type Student numbers
Domestic 10,238
International 1,364
Study mode Student numbers
On campus 11,494
Off campus 108
Gender Percentage
Female 63.6
Male 36.4
Other 0.03
Program type Student numbers Percentage
Undergraduate 9,462 81.6
Postgraduate coursework 810 7.0
Higher degree by research 317 2.7
Non-award 1,013 8.7
Age Student numbers Percentage
Under 21 years 4,963 42.8
21 years and over 6,639 57.2
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Average age

49.1%

First in family

(to attend university as an undergraduate)

Permanent home residence

(on campus students)

The Sunshine Coast community showed high demand for the University with 63 percent of on campus students being permanent residents on the Sunshine Coast.

Permanent address Students Percent
Sunshine Coast 7,245 63.0%
Brisbane 323 2.8%
Fraser Coast 433 3.8%
Gympie 398 3.5%
Moreton Bay 1,277 11.1%
Somerset 17 0.1%
Other Queensland 333 2.9%
Interstate 129 1.1%
Overseas 1,339 11.6%
Total 11,494 100%

International students

1,364

International students

1,326

International students studying on campus 

67

Total number of countries represented

Top five countries

The top five source countries for international students are:

1. India
2. Nepal
3. China
4. United States
5. Germany

Staff6

906

All staff6

360

Academic staff (FTE)

90%

Academic staff with postgraduate qualifications

Sunshine Coast Economic and Community profiles

For profiles on the Sunshine Coast region refer to:

1 Includes commencing, middle-year and later-year domestic and international students.
Includes rating of 3 and 4 on a four point scale ranging from 1 (poor) to 4 (excellent).
3 The 2015 Student Experience Survey (SES) is the latest available survey data. The SES is a national survey of undergraduate students coordinated by the Social Research Centre (SRC) on behalf of the Australian Government.
4 The 2015 Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) is the latest available survey data. The AGS is a national survey of university graduates coordinated by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) and conducted by Australian universities.
5 A count of students enrolled in at least one course at a particular campus or study hub. A student may be enrolled across multiple study locations and may not necessarily be enrolled in a program offered at that location.
6 Full-time equivalent excluding casual staff, 31 March 2016.

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