Our values create an enabling environment that is empowering and affirming of a heightened sense of social consciousness. They provide the compass by our community judge their own actions and the actions of others.
Our communities ultimately define who we are. We are one college with distinct Ormond communities, made up of: undergraduates, graduates, alumni, academics and staff. Our communities represent a dynamic and diverse interplay of thinkers and doers. A collective of Ormondians with deep and genuine connections, devoted to making a disproportionate difference.
Fundamental to our mission is to be a learning institution. Our structured program of learning, leadership and global ethics is complemented by vigorous conversations and challenging ideas to provide a more holistic liberal arts education and foster independent thinking. We seek not only to enrich the educational experience provided by The University of Melbourne, but also to inspire a community of life-long learners.
As a community, we embrace the enriching characteristics that diversity brings to College life. We have over 500 students from all parts of Australia – metro, rural, interstate – and the world, as well as various social, cultural, and sexual backgrounds. This creates a rich environment that encourages plurality in ideas and beliefs. To bring this to life, we champion an extensive scholarship program to remove financial capacity as a barrier for membership into our community – a third of our students receive financial assistance.
We encourage a challenging atmosphere full of powerful and rich dialogue, while operating respectfully and thoughtfully. This is enabled by five values that inform the ways that we live and learn which each member of our community is in charge of delivering – Community, Learning, Diversity, Integrity, Heritage. We’re committed to principles not rules, to what is right, not what is permitted.
We have a rich heritage of generations of Ormondians who have made a difference in the world. A global network of alumni who are playing an increasingly important role in shaping the learning experience of the College as student mentors, volunteers, partners and advocates. They are part of a life-long community sharing an intrinsic desire to make a significant difference – in their field, the College and the world.