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.
Campus size: 100 hectares.
Find out more about policies, plans, rules and procedures.
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
- Adolescent Risk Research Unit
- Arts Research in Creative Humanities
- Centre for Animal Health Innovation
- Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems
- Cluster for Health Improvement
- Engage Research Cluster
- Forest Industry Research Centre
- GeneCology Research Centre
- Indigenous Studies Research Theme
- Inflammation and Healing Research Cluster
- Nursing and Midwifery Cluster for Research Excellence
- Stormwater Research Group
- Sustainabilty Research Centre
- Tropical Forests and People Research Centre
Find out about research at USC.
- USC Gympie
- USC SouthBank
- USC Fraser Coast
- USC Noosa
- USC North Lakes
- USC Caboolture
- Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre
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.
Annual contribution to the regional economy is estimated at more than A$500M. Find out more about the University's regional impacts.