University of Southern Queensland

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The University of Southern Queensland is a regional and distance education university based in Toowoomba. Roughly 3 out of 4 students are online learners. If you're a current or former USQ student, feel free to rate the university and post a review.

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User Rating 2.27 (26 votes)
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Student Reviews

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  1. Elliott P
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    Interested in Sport and Exercise Science, I am BEGGING you to look elsewhere.

    If you are interested in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, go as far away from USQ as possible. By far the worst program I have encountered.

  2. LapLace
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    Engineering...... don't bother

    I had the misfortune of picking USQ to study electrical engineering.
    It has been by far the worst possible decision.
    Some lecturers are fantastic the others are completely horrible.

    This combined with the dismal face to face contact hours and lack of any real engineering community means this university is rubbish for electrical engineering.

    Consider the following:

    For example, all electrical fundamentals ie AC and DC circuit analysis is done in one course bundled with Electromagnetics, Dc motors, DC machines, AC motors, AC machines, Transformers and 3 phase delta start configs are all bundled into one course which has only 4 hours a week for 12 weeks of classes. Meaning you have less than 50 hours of tutorials and lectures to teach you the most important fundamentals of electrical engineering.

    Or perhaps Transistors, MOSFETs, oscillators, amplifiers, opamps, Schmitt triggers etc all taught in less than 25 hours of face to face lectures/tutorials. With an examiner who quite frankly couldn’t care less about his job.

    Courses are run in “workshop mode” which means they have lecturers who won’t conduct lectures and just expect you to read the material yourself and ask them questions.

    We had a lecturer to teach us how to use software who didn’t know themselves how to use the software citing “they had never used it but were good with another piece of software”.

    My suggestion, choose a uni that offers you a complete learning experience, there are good reasons USQ has such a poor reputation.

  3. AG
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    I inquired about a bridging course offered in Trimester 3 that would guarantee entry into my chosen program. When I enrolled I was assured that I would be able to transfer in Trimester 1, provided at least a pass grade was achieved. What they completely failed to mention was that the enrolment for the program closed two days prior to the grades for the course being released, meaning that it was impossible to enrol in time for Trimester 1. They then assured me that I would be able to transfer in Trimester 2. This was yet another false promise as the program wasn’t even offered in Trimester 2, and I’d have to wait until Trimester 1 the following year!

    Other issues were that during lectures there were a lot of technical difficulties (such as the lecturer not knowing how to use the lecture capture software and spending 10+ minutes getting it to work). The lectures could also be very low-quality recordings. I missed a tutorial on one occasion and it was like watching the 1969 moon landing. Makes you wonder why they uploaded it, did they even check it first was watchable? This would be a real concern for someone who is busy and needed quick access to lectures to have sit through a poorly recorded video with these kinds of issues. On top of that about 1/3 of the lecturers couldn’t speak the language to a decent standard. Even some of the immigrant students agreed that they were difficult to understand.

    Lastly most of the staff were kind and helpful but there were also some who were rude and useless (which kind of links to my first point). I am talking about some of the admin staff by the way because my lecturers were all lovely and helpful. On one occasion I responded to an email which was sent to me, trying to clarify what they had meant as it didn’t seem relevant to anything, to which I received a response that said “well you would know”. Also don’t bother going for the scholarships. I got $1500 to spend for my course resources and they wouldn’t let me spend in the online book shop (I was doing it online so I needed to). They also would heavily restrict the amount that was spent at one time and make me justify most of my purchases for the courses I was taking. I had my orders cancelled three times and it became a headache and a waste of time.

    Overall, I would recommend avoiding this university if you don’t live locally. The administrative issues alone would be enough for me to not recommend this university.

  4. Cathy
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    Hit and miss

    I completed my Bachelor of Science here (Physics and Math), and it was definitely hit and miss with courses and lecturers. I’ve had some really good lecturers who set content out well and are clear with instructions, but I have also had courses where there was no clarity, course materials were outdated and mixed in with newer stuff (2013 lectures and studybooks etc, uploaded with half-‘updated’ and incomplete lectures from the current semester). I think there was about 5 updates of the studybook for one of my courses last semester (Financial Economics or something). Physics was all online, so it was a bit clearer (very content heavy, but the residential schools were fun and I enjoyed the majority of the courses). Most my math courses I ended up doing online as I couldn’t understand lecturers’ accents, and even then content was hard to follow. I think the only math courses that were actually ok were MAT2100 with Dmitry, and the Operations Research courses with Trevor.
    Another downside is that you don’t really get much choice in the courses you do, especially if you do two eight unit majors.
    I guess my advice is, if you’re planning to come to usq for the math program, make sure you’re prepared for a lot of independent study and minimal direction from lecturers.

  5. suj_9t
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    Huh! and I just applied as an international student.

    • tgo2219
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      hi. How is it to live and study in toowoomba campus? is it safe and how about getting part time jobs? ive applied for July Intake.

  6. PJ
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    Good choice for online study

    I transferred to do my masters at USQ after completing a grad cert at Griffith uni. I find it much better structured and actually challenging in comparison to my grad cert. It’s a real shame that online students can only attend graduation ceremonies in Toowoomba. I’d be so much easier if we could go to Springfield or Ipswich. Overall though as a full-time worker/mature age student, USQ is a decent choice for online study and has a wide selection.

  7. Ian
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    USQ, no thank you

    USQ is a Dud, teaching staff do reply in a timely manner, spelling errors in course material. Support for distance students non-existent, this is my 2nd uni experience, and as a mature aged student, I have decide that my children will not study through here.

  8. David
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    USQ was my choice for a second degree, and the first year was fantastic: the teaching staff were amazing, helpful, and intuitive. They replied to questions and even silly things. Unfortunately it went downhill pretty fast in the second year. The University grounds went through a major overhaul, and programs were thrown around between campuses. What used to be a 15min commute turned into two hours, and the great staff either left or had too much to do. One particular staff member took it upon themselves to accuse me of cheating on an exam. I was cleared, but the accusation stung and left a bitter taste in my mouth. The harassment continued into my third year, and I transferred to another online university to finish my degree. There was no recourse I could take, and inquiries into her behaviour were tossed aside with an automated email of “we’re investigating.” I honestly don’t know what came of it, because I gave up after a year of trying to get something done. So I’m assuming nothing. They may offer the benefit of online education, but a bigger university can take responsibility for its staff in a way that USQ won’t.

  9. Misoo lee
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    The university issues as exact same degree,piece of paper as on-campus study’s for on-line study’s?

  10. Carrie
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    I enrolled here initially, but transferred to CQU. I disliked the way the distance education courses were structured online (difficult to follow) and my lecturers did not always respond to my questions. Many of the teachers don’t speak English particularly well, and from my experience, some had problems communicating complex ideas and theories. It just made the entire educational process very difficult for me.

    • SKAT
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      @Carrie how have you found CQU in comparison, better? And what are/were you studying? Cheers, trying to make up my mind between the two and leaning towards CQU

  11. Craig
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    While my first degree done with USQ was OK, the second degree shows how in a few short years the quality of education has hit the floor. Courses are disorganised and decades out of date. Teaching staff are hit and miss, with a lot more misses. In one subject, assignment solutions were released before the assignment due date, requiring a new assignment to be issued. Another subject, the submission portal wasn’t opened until late on the due date. Teaching staff are happy to put their feet up while external students cry out for assistance and proper materials. Lectures are poorly recorded and complaints are never actioned (Was told that we can’t hurt any ones feelings). Study materials are extremely dated, as are recommended text books, which seems highly inappropriate for a computer engineering course (Some texts from 1993 – 97).

    My advise is not to be cheap with your education. You certainly get what you pay for. Only good thing is bonding with students who share the frustrations.

  12. Current_student
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    If your thinking of studying engineering here, probs don’t. The staff are great or terrible, there is are large disconnect with real world practices and achievable relevant content provided. I total re-think of what USQ ‘s approach to learning entails is needed asap. UQ or QUT if I had my time again.

  13. Reza Karimi
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    USQ is one of the most friendly universities of Australia. I have pursued 3 programs at USQ, one on campus, another at an external partner institution and a third one as an online student. In all modes of education, I have faced the same quality of support and concern from my teachers.
    The courses are designed such that the student can handle the study load himself. However, teachers are easy to reach should there be any query. I highly recommend USQ to both international students wanting to go to Toowoomba for studies or those considering to commence another program via another mode.

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