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University facts at a glance


Official name: University of the Sunshine Coast

Type of university: Public

Vision: The University of the Sunshine Coast is regionally relevant and recognised, nationally and internationally, for excellence in teaching, research and engagement.

Founded: The Sunshine Coast University College was founded in 1994, with the first students starting at the Sippy Downs campus in 1996. Full university status was granted to the new institution in 1998 and it became the University of the Sunshine Coast. Learn more about history and growth.

Location: Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia (100 kilometres north of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city). Find out more about USC campus' and access mapstransport and parking.

Campus size: 100 hectares.


The Strategic Plan outlines the University's institutional objectives, while the Campus Master Plan outlines the University's physical development.

Find out more about policies, plans, rules and procedures.

Courses and programs

USC offers more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study. Refer to key statistics for a breakdown and to learn more about the University's courses and programs.

Enrolments and graduates

The University is one of Australia's fastest growing, with significant increases in student enrolments since foundation. The University's graduates are making their mark on our local region, nation and around the world. USC aims to be have 20,000 students by 2020.

Find current enrolment and graduate figures and learn more about the student population through key statistics.


  • Inaugural Chancellor: Justice GE (Tony) Fitzgerald
  • Founding Vice-Chancellor and President: Professor Paul Thomas AM
  • Current Chancellor: John M Dobson OAM
  • Current Vice-Chancellor and President: Professor Greg Hill

Learn more about the University's executive and structure.

Learning and teaching

Research centres, clusters and facilities

Find out about research at USC.

Off-campus centres
Information resources

The Library houses more than 100,000 print volumes and 40,000 digital resources. There are more than 600 computers on campus dedicated to student use.

Learn more about learning and teaching.

Regional impacts

Annual contribution to the regional economy is estimated at more than A$500M. Find out more about the University's regional impacts.

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