The Selection Process - FAQ

What do I have to do to be considered for selection?
To be eligible for resident or non-resident membership of Ormond College in Semester 1, 2017 applicants must:

  • have completed the online application prior to 5.00pm on 30 November 2016
  • if finished school, have forwarded (by mail or email) a copy of final school results as soon as they are received (usually after 30 November) 
  • have received (and forwarded) a scanned copy of their University of Melbourne Course offer
  • have been interviewed.

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What are you looking for?
We are looking for students who want to make a difference in the world, who are interested in participating in the life of the College and its academic, service, cultural and sporting programs. We are looking for students who want to be part of a values based community and are interested in being part of a diverse student community.

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Where do your students come from?
Our aim is to have a diverse and dynamic community, made up of:

  • approximately 25% of students from either overseas, interstate, Victorian rural/regional and Victorian metropolitan backgrounds
  • a balanced gender ratio
  • good representation from across the six Melbourne university degree courses
  • students from a range of secondary school types; including independent, Government and Catholic schools

This balanced community is established through the combination of returning and new students.

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How do you decide?
Taking into account the mix of students required (above) – we look at the student’s capacity to benefit from and contribute to Ormond, their ability to balance and moderate competing goals in an adult environment, their alignment with Ormond values, and their overall suitability to college life.

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Do you take into account previous achievements?
We will certainly be keen to hear about your interests and passions, and your involvement in school and community life. However, we value diversity and individuality, and there is no pre-determined list of achievements that matter more to us than others. We are also interested in students who are looking for opportunities they haven’t had before.

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Do I need to prepare for the interview?
No, in that there are no ‘right answers’. The interview is a way to get to know you a little.

Yes, in that we would hope you have thought deeply about whether Ormond is the right kind of environment for you, and brought along questions to help you decide.

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Who will interview me?
Interviews are conducted by members of the Learning & Community team at Ormond.

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Does it help if my father/sister/great uncle went to Ormond?
Although Ormond supports and values strong family connections, being a child or sibling of a current or past student does not in any way guarantee a place at the College. All applicants are treated equally in the selection process.

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Who makes the final decision?
The selection panel includes the Master, the Vice-Master, the Director of Learning and the Director of Advancement.

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When will I know if I have been successful?
You will be contacted by us within a few days of the release of University of Melbourne offers in January. It is very important that, at this time, you are able to access the email address you have given us and respond promptly.

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Can I defer my offer of a residential place at Ormond College?
You can defer a place to the start for the following year and it will be guaranteed.

We understand that overseas applicants receive university offers prior to domestic students and therefor have to wait longer for a residential offer.

You can defer a place for mid-year entry and it will be available as long as a place becomes available, which is common. Although you can defer residency, you cannot defer your financial assistance, this needs to be applied for each year.

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If I don’t get an offer can I ask why?
We understand that not receiving an offer can be very disappointing. Please understand that we do not give out specific information on why you have not been selected for an offer.

In many cases, it is simply not a question we could answer. You might well have done everything right, and been just the kind of person we would love to have at Ormond. We meet lots of truly wonderful applicants each year and, if there are many more applicants than places, we are simply unable to offer places to everyone we would like to.

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Can I reapply?
You are able to reapply for the following semester or the next year.

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But I am committed to Melbourne University, where else can I live?
We have put together a list of other possible places you could contact for accommodation.

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How many places do you offer?
When our current students decide whether they will be leaving Ormond or staying for another year, we discover how many places will become available. This can range from 100-200 depending on the year. We expect to make approximately 160 offers each year.

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How many people apply?
We do not give out details on the number of applicants. The number is not really meaningful. Some of our applicants will not be offered a place at the University of Melbourne, and others will defer or simply change their minds. However, we do have more applications than places and the process should be considered extremely competitive. It is important to prepare yourself for all outcomes and have other accommodation options in mind. 

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What do I wear to the interview?
We suggest smart casual. Most importantly something you feel comfortable in. We understand that some interviews are during school hours and your school uniform is also appropriate.

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Apply Now

Submit an application for Ormond using the online form on the Intercollegiate Office website.