Step One: Online Application
Apply online and arrange for confidential reports (using the form provided) from two referees who know you to be sent directly to the College.
At least one reference must be academic – a suitable person to give an academic reference would be a senior teacher, school principal, lecturer or tutor. The second reference can be a personal reference – a suitable person to give a personal reference would be a priest or community leader, boarding supervisor, careers advisor, employer or coach. Please do not ask a family member for a reference as these are of limited value.
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 Review Committee, consisting of the Rector, Vice-Rector and Dean, will review applications regularly and decide whether to ask you to attend an interview.
Due to time constraints we are unable to interview all applicants in the month that they apply. We will endeavour to keep you updated with the progress of your application as much as we can.
Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive and the limited time available, some applicants may be declined without being invited for an interview.
Step Three: Booking an Interview
If you are invited for interview, the Admissions Manager will contact you to book a convenient time.
Step Four: Arrangements for Interview
We will ask that you come to the College for the interview unless this is inconvenient for you. In the case of applicants who will not be in Sydney, the interview can be conducted by phone or Skype. This will not disadvantage you.
Step Five: After the interview
Because the application process is designed to fill a limited number of available places, in circumstances where applications have been received and interviews conducted over a period of time (without a deadline being imposed), it may not be possible to give you a decision on your application immediately after the interview. The College may decide:
- to make an offer to you;
- to defer a decision on your application; or
- not to make an offer to you.
We are conscious that applicants wish to know the outcome of their application as soon as possible in order to make arrangements for the forthcoming year. In a limited number of cases we may ask you whether you wish to be included on a waiting list in case further places become available.
Step Six: If you receive an offer from St John’s College
To accept an offer from St John’s College you will need to accept or decline the offer within the time frame stated in the offer email, after which the offer will lapse. To accept the offer you will need to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee of $515.00 and a Commitment Bond of $1,000.00. The offer is conditional on you accepting a place at the University of Sydney either before or in the Main Round of UAC offers in January. The Commitment Bond of $1,000 will be refunded if you are not offered a place at the University of Sydney but is otherwise non-refundable.
- International Students: If you do not receive an offer to the University of Sydney in the main round of offers, you will need to notify the Admissions Manager email@example.com and it will be at the Colleges discretion to hold a place open for you until the next round/s. The College cannot guarantee that your place will be held open until a subsequent round.
- Applicants currently enrolled at the University of Sydney: An offer from St John’s College is conditional on you re-enrolling at the University of Sydney for the year that you are applying.
Step Seven: Residency Agreement and Payment of Fees
Once the conditions of the offer have been met, you will be sent a Residency Agreement to complete. The invoice for the Semester 1 fees will also be sent shortly afterwards.
Step Eight: Move into College
New students will be able to move in between 11.00am – 3.00pm on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Student leaders will be here to show you to your room and help you with any issues that you might have. In the afternoon there will be a compulsory meeting for all new students with the Rector, Vice-Rector and Dean. There will also be a separate meeting for all parents in attendance. In the evening a Matriculation Mass and Dinner will be held. This is where new students are officially welcomed to the College and where they sign the Matriculation Register.
St John’s College accepts applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students intending to study at the University of Sydney. Any offer of admission is subject to the applicant enrolling in a University of Sydney degree program.
Please note that applications for our 2017 Full Year Residential Program are now closed.
Our Non-residential Program and Semester 2 Residential Program are still accepting applications for 2017.
Applications are also open for Semester 2 2017 for students enrolling in an Exchange program to the University of Sydney.
How to Apply
- Complete the Application Form
- Arrange for two references to complete Referee Reports
- Pay the $175.00 non-refundable application fee. A $25 concessional application fee is available (see below)
The application form should take approximately 20 – 60 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.
As well as other questions, the application form asks for the following information. Please ensure you have this ready when starting:
- Secondary school details and latest results
- Proposed or current degree course information
- Information about your sporting, cultural, and community involvement
- Answers to three personal statements: Why do you wish to study your first preference degree/course? What do you find interesting about this course? (250 – 1,000 words), What role does faith play in your life? (250 – 1,000 words), Tell us about an interest you have, or a recent experience, which you found absorbing. Why has this been worth spending your time on? (250 – 1,000 words)
- Passport-style photograph (eg head and shoulders) (JPEG,TIFF or PNG format)
- Name and contact details of two referees who you have asked to complete a Referee Report in support of your application.
- Credit card details for non-refundable application fee of $175.00.
A $25 concessional application fee is available. Please contact the Admissions Manager for further information. Applicants must be able to provide supporting evidence (eg proof of Youth Allowance or Abstudy). Students from E12 schools are also eligible for the concessional fee.
If you have any difficulties completing the application or 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). This includes the mid-year break, which means that students do not have to pack up and move out during that time.
Each student has a single room with a bed, desk, plenty of storage and either an ensuite bathroom or a shared bathroom on the corridor. Students can enjoy full use of College facilities which include: computer room; study spaces; common rooms with TVs and Foxtel; Chapel; onsite gym; tennis court; oval and laundries.
Other major inclusions:
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- Three meals a day. seven days a week
- Weekly room cleaning and fresh sheets
- Recreation: music, choir, instrumental groups and sports
- Unlimited wireless internet in rooms and common areas
- 24 hour onsite pastoral care
- Annual Sydney University Sports and Fitness Gym Pass
- University of Sydney Union Access Card ($99)
- College merchandise
When is the best time to apply and when do applications close?
Applications are reviewed regularly – more details about the process can be found here. 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 rural students get a higher preference?
The College does give some preference to applicants who do not already have accommodation in Sydney.
Do I need a high ATAR to get in?
Academic results are an important factor in the selection process, but not the only one.
Should I apply for St John’s College before I get an offer from the University of Sydney or should I wait until I know?
Applicants do not need to have an offer from the University of Sydney to apply to St John’s College. If you receive an offer from St John’s, it is conditional on enrolling at the University of Sydney.
If you wish to accept a Conditional Offer from St John’s College, you are required to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee of $515.00 and a Commitment Bond of $1,000.00 in order to accept the offer. If you do not receive an offer from the University of Sydney then the $1,000.00 Commitment Bond is refunded (but not the Registration Fee). If you receive an offer from University of Sydney but decide to go to another university or another college then the $1,000.00 Commitment Bond is not refunded.
I want to have a gap year next year, when should I apply for 2018?
St John’s College does not offer deferments so please apply for 2018 when applications open in May 2017. If you are invited for an interview and are overseas, it can be done via Skype or by phone.
How do I apply for a scholarship for St John’s College?
The 2017 Scholarship Application Form is available here and should be sent to the Admissions Manager at the same time. In general, the College considers applicants for all scholarships for which they are eligible so there is only one scholarship form. Depending on when you apply, you might have to wait up to three months until the next Scholarship Committee meeting in order to find out the outcome of your scholarship application. Scholarships for Semester 2 places are restricted.
Do I need to be Catholic to apply to St John’s?
No, but in keeping with its character as a Catholic institution, the College gives preference to applicants who are practising Catholics.
Can I apply for St John’s if I want to go to another university, such as UTS or Notre Dame?
No, St John’s only accepts students who are enrolled at the University of Sydney.
What happens if I don’t get an offer from the University of Sydney in the Main Round?
If you have been made a conditional offer from St John’s College your Commitment Bond of $1,000 will be refunded upon submission of documentary evidence. The College cannot guarantee that your place will be held open until a subsequent round.
Do I need a written reference and who should do I get to do it?
You will need to ask two people to provide references for you. They need to complete the Referee Report which can be found here. These need to be completed and then sent directly to the College by email or post. The reports should not be seen by the applicant.
At least one reference must be academic – a suitable person to give an academic reference would be a senior teacher, school principal, lecturer or tutor. The second reference can be a personal reference – a suitable person to give a personal reference would be a priest or community leader, boarding supervisor, careers advisor, employer or coach. It is better not to ask a family member or family friend for a reference as these are of limited value.
Can international students apply for College?
International students can definitely apply for St John’s College and the application process is the same as that for domestic students. If you are invited for an interview we can do that over the phone or via Skype.
Can I apply to other colleges?
You may apply for as many colleges as you wish. The Sydney University colleges do not share application forms, so you need to apply separately to each college. Admission to most University of Sydney colleges is very competitive.
How many places do you offer?
We usually have about 70 – 100 places available each year.
How many people apply?
We normally receive around 300 – 400 applications per year.
How do I book a tour of the College?
You can book a tour with the Admissions Manager by email or calling 02 9393 5000. It is best to organise your tour a few days in advance so a current student can be arranged to take you around.
What are the fees for 2017?
The fees for 2017 can be found here. College fees are comparable to the cost of flatting in the Camperdown/Newtown area when you take into account the extras that are included in the College fee such as food, power, water and internet, cleaning, tutorials and academic support. Please note that the application fee of $175.00 is non-refundable. A $25 concessional application fee is available.
What do you look for in an applicant?
In assessing applications the College takes into account academic performance, potential for future academic success, evidence of ability to contribute to College life in sporting and cultural areas, and willingness to give back to the community through service.
I want to speak to a current student to hear about their experiences, how can I do that?
If you are in Sydney you can have a tour of the College with a current student. If you are not in Sydney please contact the Admissions Manager who will be able to organise a current student to phone you for any questions that you may have.
When do new students move in?
2017 Commencing Students move in on Tuesday, 28 February.
What happens on the first day?
New students will be able to move in after 12pm. Student leaders will be here to show you to your room and help you with any issues that you might have. In the afternoon there will be a compulsory meeting for all new students with the Rector, Vice-Rector and Dean. There will also be a separate meeting for all parents in attendance. In the evening a Matriculation Mass and Dinner will be held. This is where new students are officially welcomed to the College and where they sign the Matriculation Register.
How do I request an ensuite room?
You will be able to request an ensuite room before you move in, and we will do what we can to fulfil the request but there is no guarantee as it depends on what we have available. There are limited ensuite rooms available.
What happens in O-Week?
There are all kinds of activities planned by staff and student leaders in O-Week in order to help you settle into college and uni life, to get to know your fellow ‘freshers’ and to meet students from the other colleges.
What do I need to bring to College?
This list here will help you with what to bring to College.
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Do I have to pay extra for internet?
The internet at St John’s College is included in your fees so you do not have to pay extra. The internet is unlimited and is able to be accessed wirelessly in all rooms and common rooms throughout the College.
I have a car, how do I organise a car park at St John’s?
Car parking at St John’s College is very limited and is allocated on a needs basis. Students apply at the start of every semester and they need to provide supporting documentation with their application.
Do I automatically get to come back for my second and third year?
Readmission is not automatic and will be assessed by reference to (1) satisfactory academic progression, (2) a satisfactory record of conduct in the College and (3) satisfactory payment of Residency Fees.
Do I have to move out over the holiday breaks?
Residents at St John’s College do not need to move out of their room in the mid-semester holidays or the Winter Vacation between the first and second semester. Your Residency Fees cover two twenty week semesters, from early March to early December.
Is the College secure and does it have insurance for my things?
All of the room doors are accessed via a key card and there are CCTV cameras throughout the College. The College’s insurance does not cover your personal belongings so you should look into getting your own insurance or seeing if you are covered under your parents insurance before you move in.
To support your application for St John’s College you will need to organise two Referee’s Reports.
Suitable referees would be a senior teacher, headmaster, priest or community leader, boarding master, careers advisor, lecturer, tutor, employer, coach, mentor or someone else who will provide us with a candid reference about your academic, professional or personal life. References should not be from family members or family friends.
Click here for the Referee Report Form in PDF format.
The completed reports should be sent directly to the College by your referees by post, fax or scan and email. They should not be seen by you. Your application will not be considered complete until both reports 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. Scholarship Applications for 2017 are now closed.
Important notices about applications
St John’s College accepts applications from both undergraduate and postgraduate students intending to study at the University of Sydney. Any offer of admissions is subject to the applicant enrolling in a University of Sydney degree program.
Enrol as a non-residential student at St John’s College and become part of the friendly 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.
As a non-residential member, you can join residents at breakfast, lunch and dinner along with our Formal Dinner on Monday evenings and other special events. During O’Week you can move in to the College to enjoy the transition in to College community life. As a non-resident you will also enjoy priority on the waiting list for residency vacancies which may occur during the year.
Benefits of the non-residential program:
- Full access to the College as a daytime “home” on campus
- Access to the Academic Centre (student spaces and facilities)
- Access to the College WiFi network
- Access to academic support enjoyed by residential students, including small-group tutorials
- Locker for storage
- College jersey and academic gown
- All meals during semester, including weekends
- Attendance at Formal Dinner held on Monday evenings
- Orientation Week program – a four-day residential program run at the beginning of the first semester. Includes information sessions, social activities within the College and between the inter-college community
- Invitations to special College events, such as the University Honours Dinner and Archbishop’s Dinner along with other social, sporting and cultural activities
- Membership of the University of Sydney Union and Sydney University Sport and Fitness
- Priority on the waiting list for residential vacancies that arise during the year
- Scholarships for the Non-residential Program will be available shortly. Please contact the Admissions Manager firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Download the Non-residential Fee Schedule here.
Application process: Visit the application portal here. After registering, select “2017 Non-Residential Program”. Once your completed application has been reviewed you will be contacted by the Admissions Manager and invited in for an interview.
St John’s College does not allow for deferrals for offers or scholarships. If you are offered a place at St John’s College for 2017, it will only be for entry in 2017 – the College cannot permit you to defer the place to a later year.
If you are currently on a Gap Year and are accepted for an interview, this can take place by skype or phone.
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