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Top marks for Southern Cross in Good Universities Guide


Sharlene King
1 September 2017

Students rate Southern Cross University’s personalised and engaging support as one of the best reasons to study here. That’s been reflected in the latest Good Universities Guide ratings released this week, with the University being awarded top marks in student support.

The University’s five-star student support rating was achieved in four fields of study: agriculture and environmental studies; humanities, culture and social sciences; psychology; and law and paralegal studies.

Southern Cross University’s Vice Chancellor, Adam Shoemaker said: “These five-star results in the Good Universities Guide come on the back of our Times Higher Educationranking as one of the Asia-Pacific’s top 100 universities. 

“Southern Cross University is absolutely committed to providing engaged learning experiences and meaningful employment outcomes for students, so I am delighted our efforts have been recognised in this way."

When it comes to employment outcomes, Southern Cross graduates earned a higher starting salary than the national average, with graduates from agriculture and environmental studies (includes degrees in environmental science, marine science, and forestry) earning the best starting salary ($60,000 compared to $53,000) in the country. 

“These great results are underpinned by our extraordinary learning environments – from high tech health laboratories to scuba diving to drone flying, all integrated into undergraduate courses,” said Professor Shoemaker. 

“Our students enjoy outstanding work-related learning and international educational opportunities, with many courses offering the chance for internships, work placements and studying abroad.”

Southern Cross University also achieved a five-star rating for both Social Equity and Staff Qualifications.

Five-star results for Southern Cross University:

* Social equity 
* Staff qualifications

* Median graduate starting salary
- Agriculture and environmental studies
- Humanities, culture and social sciences
- Law and paralegal studies

* Graduate employment
- Business and management
- Tourism, hospitality, personal services and sport & recreation

* Student support
- Agriculture and environmental studies
- Humanities, culture and social sciences
- Psychology
- Law and paralegal studies

* Skills development
- Humanities, culture and social sciences
- Science and mathematics

* Learner engagement
- Psychology

* Learning resources
- Tourism, hospitality, personal services and sport & recreation