Why Study at Ridley?
Not too big, not too small – just right
With 220 students (full time equivalent of 90), Ridley is a mid-sized theological college. This means we are big enough to offer a high quality faculty with specialist expertise, excellent facilities, a large library that is constantly updated, and a wide range of subject choice. But we are small enough that new students are not overwhelmed, there is a close community life, lecturers are accessible and students receive strong mentoring and support.
Student fees cover only half the costs of running Ridley Melbourne. The other half of your education is supported by the Ridley Foundation and the generosity of our donors. This subsidy means that students receive far more from their education than they are paying for – more full-time faculty, better campus, a bigger library, and better meals.
Some colleges maintain a small faculty and survive financially by using visiting lecturers. Ridley has resisted this path, even though it saves money, because the presence of a full-time faculty significantly improves the quality of your education. Full-time faculty are engaged in research and writing so that they are experts in their fields. As professional educators they are also updating their teaching skills. They are more available to students, and can put more time into their preparation. Maintaining a large faculty is expensive, but it is one of the keys to providing you with a quality education.
A word from our students
Studying for my degree at Ridley has formed me both in academic learning and personal spiritual development.