Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Why Give

Through the generosity of our donors, Charles Sturt University is able to improve the outcomes of its students and its communities – both in regional Australia and around the world.

Decreasing government funding has a significant impact on education and universities like CSU. Now we need to turn to the communities and industries we serve to help bridge that gap.

But there is still so much more to do. 

At CSU, we are quite unique in our mission to meet the particular higher education and research needs and aspirations of our regional communities. 

We know you value higher education, so wanted to share some important facts with you:

First in family

Unlike most other Australian counterparts, more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend university. We’re not about tradition and prestige; we’re about changing the life of each and every student who chooses to study with us and our flexible learning options and dedication to our students makes that choice easy.

More than 70 per cent are from regional areas and will work and live in regional, rural and remote areas when they complete their degree. 

Many of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the opportunity to work in our campus cities or study via distance education vital. Scholarships often make all the difference in being able to make ends meet.

Public health benefits

There is strong evidence to suggest education can lead to marked differences in the opportunities and choices that affect people’s health and wellbeing. 

Education has a significant impact on a person’s socioeconomic characteristics and, in turn, health behaviours, which links to their individual, family and community health. On a large scale, this can significantly impact on our economy.

When you consider the number of CSU students who are stepping out of the historical norm of their families by attending university, you begin to see the long-term positive effect this can have on individual students, their families and future generations.

Regional Australia – it’s not just where we live...

We’re regional, and proud of it. That means we’re hands-on, we’re problem solvers. CSU plays an important role in helping individuals and businesses prosper through the development of new knowledge and skills, and fostering innovation. We provide highly trained graduates to work in areas such as education, health and business, working closely with communities to promote regional development and deliver excellent outcomes through everything from health clinics to research cooperatives. 
Your gift to CSU can directly support a research project or community initiative that will have long-term benefits to the regions.

Close ties with industry

We put workplace learning and industry links at the heart of what we do and our graduates get jobs. 

We work with accrediting bodies, industry groups and large national and multi-national firms to assess their workforce needs and prepare our graduates for the workforce, as our highly graduate employment rate attests. Many employers prefer CSU graduates because they do have the skills and experience to hit the ground running.

Many business leaders see the benefits of this approach to public education and directly support student scholarships – a fabulous investment in the future.

Alumni choose to give back 

More than 170,000 graduates combine to form CSU’s vibrant Alumni community. Many Alumni give back to CSU either by volunteering their time and expertise or by making a donation to a CSU Foundation program they care about.
CSU Alumni not only take pride in their university, but want to invest in the next generation of CSU students. They also realise their donation is an important vote of confidence in the university that means so much to them.
If you’d like to know more about Giving to CSU, please contact the Donor Relations team on