Indigenous Students

A strong, supportive community of Indigenous students within the bigger Ormond community.


Currently, Ormond is home to 15 Indigenous students studying at the University of Melbourne or the Victorian College of the Arts. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from Indigenous students planning to study any course, in any faculty, at the University of Melbourne or VCA.

Indigenous students studying in the University’s Bachelor of Arts (Extended) or Bachelor of Science (Extended) program are required to stay in a University college for at least the first two years of this degree.

Indigenous Life at Ormond

Indigenous students are an integral part of our College community. In 2013 we launched our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to the community.The Action Plan includes strategies to ensure that the Ormond College Indigenous Program (OCIP) is sustainable and consistent with the values and educational goals of Ormond College.

Students create opportunities each year to share their culture with the wider community. A musical festival and debate have been held at Ormond around NAIDOC week. Students can also participate in the AIME program (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) mentoring Indigenous high school students as they prepare for higher education.

Please read the sections for Undergraduate or Graduate students for more information on living and learning at Ormond.

The RAP booklet is available for download.

Financial Assistance

Indigenous students applying to the University of Melbourne may be eligible for the ABSTUDY Residential Costs Option. The Residential Costs Option can cover your full Ormond residential costs. You should contact ABSTUDY to find out if you will be eligible. (The University's Financial Aid Office may also be able to assist.) Students receiving the Residential Costs Option can also receive scholarship support from Ormond to help them meet other costs.

If you are unsure of your funding options, please contact us for a confidential discussion. Download the Scholarships and Bursaries brochure to view a complete list of available scholarships and bursaries.

Application Process

Indigenous students may apply directly to the College or through Murrup Barak (formerly the Centre for Indigenous Education) at the University of Melbourne.

For further enquiries please contact the Admissions Office on E: or T: 61 3 9344 1107.