Making a disproportionate difference.

Ormond College is a residential college for students of The University of Melbourne and its affiliates.

From our earliest endeavours in 1881, with just twenty students, we have encouraged our students to aspire to fulfil their potential. To find their place in the outside world as productive and impactful individuals in their chosen fields.

We have always been a place to expand your horizons, where personal and intellectual growth has been championed and celebrated – a hallmark of life at Ormond.

Today, we strive to unleash the potential of a new generation of creators, leaders, thinkers, and idea generators. We are a thriving and inclusive community of undergraduates, graduates, alumni, academics and staff with a strong values-driven culture and progressive educational agenda; empowering Ormondians to make a disproportionate difference.

All students in our community must be enrolled at The University of Melbourne or its affiliates (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Business School and the Australian National Academy of Music).

What is college?

Our Values

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.

Ormond Scholars

  • The Rhodes Scholarships enable students from a number of nations, including Australia, to study at the University of Oxford.

    They are among the most prestigious postgraduate scholarship awards available, being not just for intellectual excellence, but also for a desire to work for the greater good.

    John Seitz (1906)

    Charles Littlejohn (1909)

    Neil MacNeil (1914)

    Donald Sandral (1916)

    Patrick Hamilton (1917)

    William Hancock (1920)

    Lindsay Ride (1922)

    George Paton (1926)

    Kenneth Wheare (1929)

    Richard Latham (1931)

    Ross Campbell (1933)

    Alan Treloar (1940)

    Zelman Cowen (1941)

    Hugh Stretton (1946)

    Alan Serle (1947)

    Robert Shaw (1948)

    Graeme Davison (1964)

    Alistair Christie (1967)

    Kenneth Hayne (1969)

    Colin Norman (1970)

    Graham Hutchinson (1971)

    Martin Wardrop (1974)

    Andrew Michelmore (1976)

    Richard Caro (1978)

    Michael Penington (1980)

    Ralph King (1982)

    Sharon Korman (1983)

    Timothy Orton (1986)

    Mark Moshinsky (1988)

    Mark Chiba (1989)

    Rufus Black (1991)

    Catherine Anderson (1992)

    Joanna Masel (1997)

    Kate Brennan (2007)

    John Feddersen (2008)

    Kate Robson (2008)

    Hamish McKenzie (2015)

    Bede Jones (2017)

    Rebecca Duke (2017)

    Brigid O’Farrell-White (2018)

    Mattea Mrkusic (2019)

  • Fulbright is the most widely recognised and prestigious international exchange program in the world. The program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for US citizens to go abroad and non-US citizens to come to the United States.

    Zelman Cowen (1936)

    George Gellie (1936)

    Edgar French (1937)

    Ronald Doig (1939)

    James McAllester (1939)

    Leon Taft (1945)

    Daryl Dawson (1951)

    Duncan Ironmonger (1953)

    Michael Hill (1955)

    John Henley (1958)

    Charles Goode (1959)

    Derek McDougall (1963)

    Rodney Crewther (1964)

    Malcolm Smith (1966)

    Anthony Moore (1967)

    Kevin O’Connor (1972)

    Michael Burke (1972)

    Bruce McKellar (1973)

    Robert Bartnik (1974)

    Hilary Charlesworth (1974)

    Gregory Ball (1976)

    Liam Murphy (1978)

    David Goodman (1980)

    Alan Mayne (1983)

    Nicholas Haslam (1983)

    Jeffrey Borland (1984)

    Gregory Hunt (1985)

    Pamela Stavropoulos (1987)

    Kim Rubenstein (1988)

    Timothy McEvoy (1989)

    Fraser Cameron (1995)

    Craig Cameron (1997)

    David McCann (1999)

    Ashiq Hamid (2004)

    Gus Schrader (2006)

    Paul Burgess (2009)*

    Rachel Heenan (2015)

    Other Ormond community members
    Hugh Collins, Master 1994–2008
    Kate Taylor, Thwaites Gutch Research Fellow 2011–13
    Calvin Bowman, College Organist 2007–10

    Learn more about the Fulbright Scholarship.

    *recipient of American Fulbright award

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our 2018-2020 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) supports the Ormond College Indigenous Program (OCIP), ensuring it remains sustainable and consistent with the values and educational goals of the College.

Officially endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, the comprehensive plan outlines our commitment to two core aims: to support recruitment, retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Ormond; and to educate and inform all members of our community about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ histories, cultures and contemporary narratives. Please download the RAP below.


Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020

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