Application Process

1: Online Application

Apply online and arrange for confidential references (using the reference template provided) from two referees to be sent directly to

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).  A reference from a family member is not acceptable.

Please note that the application fee of $100 is non-refundable.

A $25 concessional application fee is available for E12 students. E12 is for domestic NSW students currently undertaking the HSC or IB who are from a financially disadvantaged background and/or are attending a government identified ‘low socioeconomic’ high school. See E12 eligibility criteria for more information.

2: Application reviewed

You will be invited to interview within a week of submitting your application, or you may be informed that your application has been declined.

3: Interview

Your interview will be held with the Rector, Vice Rector or Dean in person, or by skype or phone if you prefer.

4: Response to interview

Within a week of the interview you will be notified of the outcome. The College may decide:

5: An Offer 
of Place (Conditional)

Initially, the offer is a Conditional Offer, and is subject to the following:

  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 at In 2017 this date is Thursday 21 December.
  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 conditional offer
  4. Payment of the Registration Fee of $515 (non-refundable) and a Commitment Bond of $1,000 (refundable only on final departure from College subsequent to a minimum of one semester enrolment. Not refundable if enrolment is not commenced)

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

6: Commencing at College

After satisfying the conditions of the Conditional Offer, to confirm your acceptance of a place, a Student Contract is to be signed and your Semester One fee invoice paid prior to commencement.

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

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See the 2018 Resident Student Fees. 

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, King Single minimum size, desk and either an en-suite bathroom or a shared bathroom on their corridor. Students enjoy outstanding services and facilities which include: 

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Application FAQs

When is the best time to apply?

As early as possible due to the number of students competing for a residential place. 

Do relatives of alumni or current students get preference?

St John’s College values its relationships with families past and present, however 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, but not the only one, in the selection process.  The College reserves the right to withdraw a conditional offer if your ATAR is below 85.00, (or equivalent end of school result). 

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

The 2018 Scholarship Application Form is available here.  The result of your scholarship application is advised following the closing date of Round 1 or Round 2, whichever round the application is submitted in.

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

The College accepts applications from students of all faiths or no faith and gives preference to practising Catholics. 

How do I book a tour of the College? 

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

Can I park my car 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 per semester. 

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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, boarding supervisor, careers advisor, parish priest or community leader) and who can give an objective account of you. A reference from a family member is not acceptable.

Click for the Reference template in pdf.

The completed reference should be sent by your referee directly to the Admissions Manager at or by post. At least one reference must be received prior to your interview.


St John’s College currently offers up to $500,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year to assist new and returning students. All scholarships are awarded in the form of fee relief with no full scholarships offered. Further information and application details.

Non-residential Program

Become part of the St John’s community as a Non-residential student, share in the unique on-campus experience including:

Click to find out more about our Non-residential Program.

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