Information for High School Students

Southern Cross University is going all out to give Year 12 students certainty about starting a degree in 2022.

After enduring 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the stress and uncertainty of online learning, social distancing, lockdowns and border closures – and a situation in NSW now compounded by a delayed start to the HSC – school leavers can breathe a sigh of relief.

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The STAR program allows you to secure your place in a Southern Cross University degree before your Year 12 results are even released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and give you a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on your Year 12 results.

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Transition to Uni

Southern Cross University is offering recent High School leavers the opportunity to guarantee their place at university in 2022.

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Studying at Southern Cross University is a life-changing experience. We enable our students to follow one or more career options, build confidence to take on greater responsibilities and make friends for life. Most importantly we enable our students to achieve their true potential and become future leaders.

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High School Students How to Apply

There are a number of different entry methods for high school students applying to study with Southern Cross University. Most year 12 students take advantage of our fantastic STAR Early Offer program but if you miss out or are applying for a teaching or midwifery degree you will need to apply through either UAC or QTAC to study with SCU.

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Want the chance to visit our campuses, speak with our course experts in a one-on-one consultation? Meet some of our current students or ask questions during our webinars.  Our Future Students team are here to help.

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Our Campuses and Locations

Southern Cross University has three main east coast campuses: Gold Coast, in southeast Queensland, adjacent to Gold Coast Airport; Lismore, set among 75 hectares of lush, natural beauty in northern New South Wales; and Coffs Harbour on the northern NSW coast, also the location of our renowned National Marine Science Centre.

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Student Stories

Getting to know Southern Cross University (1:31)

Hi I'm Georgia. Hi I'm Isaac with more than 20,000 students who study on campus and online even though we're young we've come a long way and we are now ranked 
among the world's top young universities.

The university has three main campuses along the east coast of Australia.

Southern Cross has a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses for both on campus and online study.

There are also many pathways into university that don't rely on your ATAR score from high school.

A lot of people feel nervous about starting uni and wonder if they have what it takes.

No matter the extra help you need we've got you covered. We're rated 5 stars for our student support and that's no accident, we have some of the best and most comprehensive student support in the country

Make sure you follow Southern Cross University on Facebook and Instagram as they give you an inside glimpse into life at this great University.

Thanks for watching and we hope you'll be joining us soon.

Note: See also the full length version of this video (14:01)

Marine Science graduate Lucas Handley. (1:57)

I remember diving at Broken Head, like going out as a kid going snorkeling and, you know, seeing sharks and big schools of fish.

That was really intriguing to feel part of something, that was a bit wild and untamed and I think, yeah, that's where the love of the ocean came from.

My name's Lucas Hadley. I am a free dive instructor, marine scientist and filmmaker.

I wanted to become a marine scientist. I sort of looked at the different universities around where I wanted to be in my life. You know I wanted a beautiful community around me and Southern Cross University just sort of fitted that mould perfectly. They're in a beautiful location with access to some of the most amazing oceans that Australia has.

The classes are small and the lecturers become friends. They were so flexible; you could study online, you have the support of the lecturers to be able to do that from a place that wasn't just in the classroom.

It was about getting out there and getting your hands dirty. So you can understand things not just from a book but by seeing it and being part of the study.

Since leaving Southern Cross we did a film called Blue which then went around the world. It opened the UN conference on the oceans and that came from having supportive people guiding you through how to make that difference.

If you want something and you think that it is achievable go out there and make it happen. Get your degree and chase the things that matter to you. I've achieved some incredible.

Course details: Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

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