Application Process

Step One: Online Application

Apply online and arrange for confidential reports (using the form provided) from two references to be sent directly to the College Admissions Manager by email or 02 9394 5000.

At least one reference must be academic (a senior teacher, school principal, lecturer or tutor) and the second reference can be a personal reference (a Priest or community leader, boarding supervisor, careers advisor, employer or coach). References from family members are not acceptable.

Please note that the application fee of $175.00 is non-refundable. A $25 concessional application fee is available.

Step Two: Application reviewed

The Applications Committee will review your application, following which you may be invited for an interview or your application may be declined.

Step Three: The interview

The Admissions Manager will contact you to book a convenient interview time.

Step Four: Following the interview

Within two weeks of the interview you will be notified of the outcome. The College may decide:

Step Five: If you receive an offer 

To accept a Conditional Offer, a Registration Fee of $515 and a Commitment Bond of $1,000 must be paid.  

A Conditional Offer is subject to the following conditions:

  1. If you are not already a University of Sydney student, you must receive an offer from the University of Sydney in, or by the date of, the Main Round of UAC offers (a later date will apply if your final school results are not released in time for the Main Round – please contact the Admissions Manager).
  2. You must enrol in a degree course at the University of Sydney.
  3. If your ATAR is below 85.00, the College reserves the right to withdraw your offer.

Please note that a Conditional Offer cannot be deferred to a subsequent year.

Step Six: When your offer becomes unconditional

You will be required to enter into a Student Contract following which you will be sent a fee invoice payable prior to commencement.

The application form should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It doesn’t allow for previous steps to be opened once they are saved, so please ensure that your information is entered correctly before progressing to the next step.

The following information is required:

A $25 concessional application fee is available for applicants who can provide supporting evidence (eg proof of Youth Allowance or Abstudy) or attendance at an E12 school.

If you have any  questions relating to the process, please contact the Admissions Manager by email or 02 9394 5000.

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The fee schedule for 2017 can be accessed here. 

The St John’s College academic year is from the beginning of March until the beginning of December – a total of 40 weeks (2 x 20 week semesters, including the mid-year break).  

Each residential student has a single room with a bed, desk and either an ensuite bathroom or a shared bathroom on their corridor. Students enjoy comprehensive services and facilities which include: 

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Application FAQs

When is the best time to apply?

We recommend applying as early as possible. 

Do relatives of alumni or current students get preference?

St John’s College values its relationships with families, but being a child or sibling of a current or past student does not guarantee an interview or place at the College.

Do I need a high ATAR to get in?

Academic results are an important factor in the selection process, but not the only one.  If your ATAR is below 85.00, the College reserves the right to withdraw a conditional offer. 

How do I apply for a scholarship for St John’s College?

The 2018 Scholarship Application Form is available here.  The result of your scholarship application is advised in Semester 2 of the year prior to your commencement.

Do I need to be Catholic to apply to St John’s?

The College accepts applications from students of all faiths and gives preference to practising Catholics. 

How do I book a tour of the College? 

You can book a tour with the Admissions Manager by email or calling 02 9394 5000.  

I have a car, can I park at St John’s?

Car parking at St John’s College is very limited and is allocated on a needs basis. Car parking fees apply. 

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Two references are required.

At least one reference must be academic (a senior teacher, school principal, lecturer or tutor) and the second reference may be a personal reference from someone who knows you well  (eg. an employer, coach, parish priest or community leader) but who can give an objective account of you, rather than a family friend. References from family members are not acceptable.

Click here for the Reference Report Form in PDF format.

The completed references should be sent directly to the College by your referees by post or email. Your application will not be considered complete until references have been received.


St John’s College offers a generous range of scholarships each year to assist promising students. All scholarships are awarded in the form of fee relief with no full scholarships offered. For further information and application details please follow this link.

Non-residential Program

Enrol as a non-residential student at St John’s College and become part of the St John’s community.

Non-residents can participate in the unique on-campus experience, benefiting from small-group tutorials and academic programs and having access to the Academic Centre and other communal spaces.

Click here for more information on our Non-residential Program.

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