Southern Cross University

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011
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Southern Cross University (SCU) is a university based on the Mid North and North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is a regional University with more than 14,000 students. The University’s primary campus is in Lismore, with other campuses located at Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads.

The University is Australia’s seventh-largest provider of distance education. It also has international students from about 50 countries. More than 700 students are enrolled on-campus and with partners in Australia, with a further 1300 enrolled in overseas programs.

Southern Cross University was established on 1 January 1994, following the decentralisation of the network of the University of New England, Australia as a university with several campuses, which had been established in 1989. The University of New England, continues to exist as a single campus in Armidale, New South Wales, as it had been established in 1954.

The old college in Lismore, New South Wales, was the Lismore Teachers College, founded in 1971. This institution was expanded and renamed the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education in 1973. Following the publication of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Higher Education in 1988, with its emphasis on the development of larger institutions, the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education was sent into an association with the old University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, and it formally became a network member of the newly constituted University of New England, under legislation that was enacted in 1989.

Courses Offered

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs


  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Law


  • School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental Science & Management
  • Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health
  • Southern Cross GeoScience
  • Southern Cross Plant Science
  • Southern Cross Business School
  • School of Law and Justice
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • The Hotel School Sydney

Contact Details
Southern Cross University
Military Road
East Lismore NSW 2480
T +61 2 6620 3000
F +61 2 6620 3700
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