How To Apply Application Dates ACT Policies

Ridley College applicants: if you are applying to start a new course at Ridley, please complete all five steps of the Application Form, and see below ( Step One) for the list of essential documents you need to send with your application form. You will also need to complete Steps Two to Five.

Cross-institutional applicants: please complete all five steps of the Application Form, noting at Step 1 that you are applying as a Cross-Institutional Student. At Step 4 you can skip some of the General Information section, and you do not need Referees or a Faculty Interview. Please add the name and email address of your Course Adviser at your primary institution in the Referee field. You must provide a digital photo of yourself for your student card, but no other documents are usually required.*

*CIS applicants: if you are applying for a practical ministry subject, or more than one subject with Ridley College you will also need to provide a recent police check and current working with children check, see details below.

Any later documentation should be forwarded to:

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How to Apply

You can find the application process steps and closing dates below.

Step One: Online Form
Complete the online application form. As part of the process you will need to provide the following documents:

  • a recent digital photograph of yourself (for your student/library card)
  • a recent online police check  (completed within the last month)*
  • your current Working With Children Check details*
  • your previous qualifications*
  • a one-page statement of your Christian beliefs (to help us assess your suitability for the study of theology, outline in full sentences what you think all Christians should believe as essential to their faith)

*As soon as you are accepted to study at Ridley, you must provide secure electronic files OR certified paper copies of these documents in the mail OR bring the originals to be sighted in our office. Some documents can be verified online; please ask for advice about yours. This requirement applies to all Ridley College students.*

If you do not have one, apply for your police check and working with children check as soon as possible and send them to the Admissions Officer with your application. Please refer to our information sheet here. Once accepted, please connect Ridley College to your Working With Children Check.

If asked to provide a further reason for you police check, we suggest using the following: “undertaking practical ministry education which may involve supervised ministry placements and engagement with the public for the purposes of my degree.”

Step Two: References
The application form will also ask you for the names and contact details for two referees, one of whom must be your Minister or Pastor. Please contact the Admissions Officer if your Minister/Pastor is a family member. (References are not required for cross-institutional applicants.)

Once your application form has been submitted you will receive an email confirming that it has been received, and your nominated referees will be emailed a form to complete and send directly to us. Reference forms are to be completed by referees as soon as the application has been submitted.

Step Three: Faculty Interview
Once the Admissions Officer has received the completed references, you will be contacted to arrange an interview with a member of the faculty to discuss your application. Phone and Zoom interviews can be arranged. (A Faculty interview is not required for cross-institutional applicants.)

There will be an opportunity to discuss suitable courses and subjects as part of your faculty interview.

Step Four: Acceptance
All applicants remain provisional until the Admissions Officer has received all parts of the application, reference forms are returned, certified hard copies of documents are received (or the originals sighted), and the application has been accepted by the Vice-Principal. Applicants will then receive an email confirming their acceptance to study at Ridley. An Acceptance Form (which includes our Student Personal Integrity and Behaviour Policy) and Library Form will accompany this email, and both must be completed and returned to the Admissions Officer. All students must adhere to Ridley’s Expectations and Rules (as published on our website under ‘Current Students’). New students who do not finalise the application process by the end of the semester in which they applied may not be allowed to enrol in further subjects.

Step Five: Unit Enrolment
Once all unit enrolments have been processed close to the start of the semester, an enrolment pack will be emailed to students. Campus students can sign up for chapel teams, our formation program, vocational mentoring groups, community meals and Launch Camp for Semester 1. The enrolment pack will also include information about the library and how to log in to the Ridley College student portal. A student/library card will be mailed to students along with any other relevant information. A tax invoice/s will be emailed with the relevant Variation of Unit Enrolment Policy. The Student Manual can be accessed via the Student portal once you have received your login details.

Admission Requirements Fees and Scholarships

2024 Application Dates 

Semester Date Classes Commence Application Deadline
Semester one 2024 26 February 2024 19 January 2024
Semester two 2024 15 July 2024 7 June 2024
Semester three 2024 11 November 2024 4 October 2024

*After the listed deadline, potential applicants must talk to the Admissions Officer or the Registrar before applying.*

If you have any questions about the process, please book a call with our Admissions Officer here, or email:

ACT Policies

As an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT) we comply with their policies. Ridley and the ACT are committed to excellence in learning, teaching, research, and high standards of scholarship in theological education and this is reflected in our policies.

Academic Integrity Policy for coursework awards >
Course Progress Policy >
Coursework Course Enrolment Policy >
Credit Transfer Rules >
Grievance Resolution Policy – Students >
Prior Learning Policy >
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy >
Tuition Fee Refund Policy >
Unit Enrolments and Results Policy >
Whistleblower Policy >

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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