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

11,602 students

(in total as at Census 1 2016)

Enrolments growth 
Year Student numbers
2016 11,602
2015 10,447
2014 9,652
2013 8,904
2012 8,139
86% | Satisfied students

of the University’s undergraduates v were satisfied vv with the overall quality of their entire educational experience at the University according to the 2015 Student Experience Survey vvv.

17,513 | 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 19,385 awards conferred in total.

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. †

Students by campus


USC Sippy Downs


USC Fraser Coast


USC Gympie


USC SouthBank

Students by study hubs




North Lakes




USC Melbourne

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
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

Average age


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 more than 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


International students


International students studying on campus 


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



All staff ³


Academic staff (FTE)


Academic staff with postgraduate qualifications

Sunshine Coast Economic and Community profiles

For profiles on the Sunshine Coast region refer to:

v Includes commencing, middle-year and later-year domestic and international students.
vv Includes rating of 3 and 4 on a four point scale ranging from 1 (poor) to 4 (excellent).
vvv 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.

† 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 universites.

³ Full-time equivalent excluding casual staff, 31 March 2016.

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