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Enrolments

Enrolment data is at Census 1 2015.

Student enrolments

Total: 10,447
On campus: 10,362 (99.2%)
Off campus: 85 (0.8%)

Female: 6,640 (63.6%)
Male: 3,807 (36.4%)

Enrolment levels and growth from inception
YearStudent numbersGrowth
2015 10,447 8.2%
2014 9,652 8.4%
2013 8,904 9.4%
2012 8,139 4.8%
2011 7,766 6.7%
2010 7,276 15.0%
2009 6,325 8.4%
2008 5,833 11.2%
2007 5.246 10.2%
2006 4,760 11.2%
2005 4,280 10.8%
2004 3,862 8.6%
2003 3,556 3.2%
2002 3,446 13.0%
2001 3,050 13.6%
2000 2,686 11.8%
1999 2,403 23.5%
1998 1,946 64.2%
1997 1,185 126.1%
1996 524 -
Program type enrolments
Program typeStudent numbers% of total
Undergraduate 8,520 81.6%
Postgraduate coursework 866 8.3%
Higher degree by research 271 2.6%
Non-award 790 7.6%
Faculty enrolments *
FacultyStudent numbers% of total
Arts and Business 4,263 40.8%
Science, Health, Education and Engineering 5,696 54.5%
USC Law School 148 1.4%
Non-faculty 341 3.3%

* Non-award programs Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) and Integrated Learning Engineering (ILE) are reported under the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.

Age of students

Under 21 years: 4,561 (43.7%)
21 years and over: 5,886 (56.3%)

Average age: 25
Median Age: 21

First in family to attend university as an undergraduate

The University continued to achieve its aim of enabling access to university education, with 49.6 percent of the students undertaking a Bachelor Pass, Bachelors Graduate Entry, Bachelors Honours, Associate Degree or Diploma are first in their family to attend university.

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Permanent home residence of on campus students

The Sunshine Coast community showed high demand for the University with more than 66 percent of on campus students being permanent residents on the Sunshine Coast.

Permanent addressStudentsPercent
Sunshine Coast 6,836 66.0%
Brisbane 307 3.0%
Fraser Coast 91 0.9%
Gympie 334 3.2%
Moreton Bay 1,189 11.5%
Somerset 17 0.2%
Other Queensland 319 3.1%
Interstate 140 1.4%
Overseas 1,129 10.9%
Total 10,362 100%

International student enrolments

Total: 1,111
On campus: 1,110

Number of countries represented: 64

Top five countries

The top five source countries for international students are:

  • India
  • Nepal
  • Germany
  • United States
  • China

Graduates

Graduate numbers

The University has conferred awards to 15,738 students up to the end of 2015. Since the first graduation ceremony in 1999, 1,496 graduates from the University of the Sunshine Coast have graduated with at least one other degree with 17,430 awards conferred in total.

Graduate outcomes

90 percent 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 v.

Graduate satisfaction

90 percent of the University’s undergraduates were satisfied vv with their educational experience at the University according to the 2015 Australian Graduate Survey v.

v The 2015 Austrailan 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.
vv Includes ratings of 4 and 5 on a five point scale ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) for the Overall Satisfaction Index.

Staff i

Academic staff (FTE): 299
Academic staff with postgraduate qualifications (Headcount): 87%

All staff: 821

i Full-time equivalent excluding casual staff, 31 March 2014.

Sunshine Coast Economic and Community profiles

For profiles on the Sunshine Coast region refer to:

 

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