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 the location and address and access maps, transport and parking.
Campus size: 100 hectares. Learn more about the campus and facilities.
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 reach 12,000 students by 2015.
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 governance.
Learning and teaching
Research centres and facilities
Find out about research at USC. USC also has an engagement centre - the Centre for Healthy Activities, Sport and Exercise (CHASE).
Off campus centres
- USC Noosa Centre
- Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre
- USC Gympie
- USC at South Bank
- Caboolture Hub
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.
Download the About USC (PDF 458KB) printable summary brochure.
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