A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to guide graduates.

In Australia, College is a place where you live to enrich your university experience. Some students come from overseas, interstate; others are from just down the road. Once the university year starts you live here, eat here (all meals are provided), study here, participate in sport and cultural events here and socialise here.

With such a diversity of people here you will make an amazing network of friends, live in a supportive and equal environment and have a life changing learning experience.

Transitioning into University life can be daunting, so we’ve curated a comprehensive list of FAQs.

Application FAQs

  • Complete the online application via our How to Apply page. The college you select as your first preference receives your application straight away.  If applying with Ormond as your first preference, we will send you an acknowledgement email telling you how to submit your supporting documents and pay the $75 application fee. Once we receive your application we will contact you to offer you an interview. For further information about the application process please refer to our How to Apply page.

    Students applying to study at the University of Melbourne through Study Abroad and Exchange must submit their college application directly to the University’s Melbourne Global Mobility office.

  • All communication is done by email. We provide regular updates so it is important to keep an eye out for our emails. It is possible that emails will go to Junk so add us to your list of safe senders.

  • You can only apply to one college.

    You are required to list all the other colleges in your order of preference. Your application will go directly to your college of first preference. The other colleges only see your application if you are unsuccessful at your college of first preference and you choose to have your application sent to the Intercollegiate Pool.

  • Yes. First you must ring the college you want to change to and ask if they will accept your application. Then notify Ormond by emailing admissions@ormond.unimelb.edu.au.

    • A copy of your most recent University results.
    • Your University of Melbourne graduate course offer.
  • When you submit your application online you will receive an email with a link to our secure online payment system.

  • Please visit  the University of Melbourne website for further information about University offers . If you have an offer prior to applying or are already at university you must send us a copy of your original offer.

  • Yes, your University of Melbourne student number appears on your University letter of offer.

  • No, you have to email it to admissions@ormond.unimelb.edu.au.

  • To attend Ormond you must attend the University of Melbourne, therefore, unfortunately you are no longer able to be considered.

  • If you are already a university student you must provide us with your most recent results and your initial course offer from the University of Melbourne.

  • We require you to provide a one page character reference. This can be written by someone who knows you well such as a tutor, employer, or sports coach, etc. There is no specific format and we don’t require anything more than one page.

  • Applications for Semester 1 entry close on 20 December.


  • Yes. Once you have applied online you are offered an interview by email.

    The interview is with a member of our Learning and Community team and will last around one hour. There will be a series of  questions with no right or wrong answers, so no need to be nervous;  it’s more about getting to know you better, and chatting about what you want to get out of your time at Ormond and University.  Whilst we love to hear about all your wonderful extra curricula activities and achievements, we also want to hear about your interests and passions, what drives you and why and so on.  So it’s a great idea to start doing some thinking about these things so you are as prepared as you can be.

    We consider the interview as the most important part of the application process.

  • Interviews for Semester 1 entry are held between September and December.

    Interviews for Semester 2 entry are held between April and June.

    You will receive an email from the Admissions Office offering you several options for dates.

  • All prospective graduates must be interviewed and the standard selection process applies. Returning as a graduate is not automatic if you are finishing your undergraduate degree.

  • All interviews are held at Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria. If you cannot make it to a face to face interview we can arrange a phone or Skype interview.

  • Interviews are conducted by a member of our Learning and Community team. We cannot advise who your interviewer will be prior to the interview.

  • We offer a very small amount of interviews on Open Day to students who have travelled from the country, interstate, or overseas. These interviews will be by appointment only and you must have applied to be able to be interviewed.

  • Graduate offers for the Semester 1, 2018 intake are made in December and continue until January. Offers for Semester 2 will be made in early July. You must make sure that you check your in-box regularly as these dates may change.

  • We will let you know if you have been unsuccessful and we’ll give you the option of having your application sent to the Intercollegiate Pool to be considered by the other colleges.

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