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 many places do you offer?

We usually have about 70 – 100 places available each year.

How many people apply?

We normally receive around 500 – 600 applications per year.

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. A reference from a family member is not acceptable.

Click here for the Reference template 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. Scholarship application form available here.

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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What do I need to bring to College?

This will help you with what to bring to College.