The University was established in 1994 and first opened in 1996, as the Sunshine Coast University College. The University changed to its current name of the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999. It was created by the Australian government to serve the growing population of the Sunshine Coast region, north of Brisbane, in Queensland.
In 2007, the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) audited USC as part of their assessment of all Australian universities. AUQA is a national agency that operates independently of governments and the higher education sector. The report commended USC for “its significant achievements since inception” and awarded USC commendations for:
According to the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Science and Training, USC has the highest proportion of academic staff with Doctoral or Masters qualifications of any university in Queensland - and the fifth highest in Australia.
Graduates have consistently given USC top marks for educational experience, with a 92 percent satisfaction rating in the 2007 Course Experience Questionnaire.
The University’s GO (Global Opportunities) Program received an award from the Queensland Government at the Celebrating International Education and Training Industry Showcase in August 2007 for promoting internationalisation.
Undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and higher degree by research) programs are offered in each faculty. There are also dual degree programs offered in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.
The University is listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. USC's CRICOS provider number is 01595D.
The Centre for Healthy Activities, Sport and Exercise has research areas including:
The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre conducts research on productive ageing in the context of:
The GeneCology Research Group researches:
The Regional Sustainability Research Group undertakes research on:
The Coast Research Database provides open access to the University of the Sunshine Coast's research output. The purpose of the database is to make the research output of the University accessible to local, national and international communities.
These complexes are privately-owned and operated. All are within walking distance of the campus, linked by pedestrian pathways. A public transport greenlink (for buses, cyclists and pedestrians) will connect the campus with the accommodation precinct by the end of 2008.
Each accommodation complex has apartments that come furnished and have Internet access. The general layout in an apartment is a shared kitchen and living room, with four single bedrooms. Each bedroom has a private bathroom and toilet. The complexes are gated and have BBQs, pools and outdoor sports courts (such as tennis and volleyball).
The University also keeps an off-campus accommodation register for students and staff looking for accommodation in the local area. Most of the listings are for share accommodation.