Southern Cross University (SCU) is named after the constellation ‘Southern Cross’, which is only seen in the Southern Hemisphere. The University is located in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions
where the indigenous and environmental heritage is fascinating, rich, and world-renowned. SCU is a dynamic, contemporary university with a diverse student population which ranges in ages, professional, social, and cultural backgrounds. Students particularly appreciate smaller classes and highly supportive learning environment
. The environment in which the University operates has always been a bonus for students with easy access to spectacular beaches, marine environments, lush rainforest, and World Heritage National Parks. These serve as an inspiration as well as a living laboratory and provide a great lifestyle.
Southern Cross University is based in Lismore in northern New South Wales, approximately one hour by air from Sydney and two hours drive from Brisbane. Students have easy access to these cities with regular daily flights available from Lismore, Ballina, and the Gold Coast. SCU’s Tweed Heads campus is located on the border of New South Wales and Queensland and the world-renowned Gold Coast is 90 minutes by car. The region is considered to be one of Australia's most beautiful with a warm subtropical climate, wonderful mountains, rainforest, and beaches. Students are able to experience a good quality of life with a cost of living, which is also significantly cheaper than in the larger Australian cities.
SCU offers a wide range of courses across the principle teaching areas of Arts, Business, and Health and Applied Science. These courses have been designed in consultation with industry to make them truly workplace relevant and enhance the student experience. Southern Cross University has pioneered and developed many high-quality programs in niche areas such as subtropical forestry, coastal management, naturopathy, contemporary music, tourism management, and sport management. The University has developed an international reputation for its teaching and research and has won a number of competitive grants from a range of government and private organizations. Examples of its standing include:
- The longest running coastal management program in Australia.
- Tourism programs have won Australian Awards for the past three years.
- World-leading program in natural medicine
- Best contemporary music program in Australia.
- Leading fine arts program with world-renowned wood-fired ceramics component.
- One of the largest graduate schools of management in Australia.