Applying and Fees

Ready to apply?

If you are applying to start a new course at Ridley College, or for cross-institutional study with Ridley College please complete the ACT course application form and submit it by 20 January or as soon as possible after that.

Please note that the form is not editable in Mac Preview (even if it appears to be working, we will not be able to read it); you must use Adobe Acrobat.

If this is not possible for you then you will need to print the form, complete it by hand and scan it. All completed applications must be sent to this email address: admissions@ridley.edu.au.

We will process your application as soon as we can.


Our application process is entirely online. We are always happy to assist you and answer any questions. Just use the ‘Enquire Now’ button below, call our Admissions Officer on p: 03 9207 4800 option 2, or email us at admissions@ridley.edu.au


If you are applying to start a new course please complete the Ridley College Application Form.

If you are applying to study one or more subjects as part of your current course at another college or university please use the Cross Institutional Application Form.

Please note our closing dates for applications below.

Fees     Fee-Help  

Admission Requirements

Applying to study at Ridley College requires the following process:

Step One: Online Form

Complete the online application form. When you begin you will receive an email with a link which you can use to come back and complete your application later. As part of the process you will need to upload scanned copies of a number of documents:

  • a recent photograph of yourself (this will appear on your student/library card)
  • your previous qualifications*
  • a recent police check  (completed within the last month)*
  • your Working With Children Card*
  • a one-page statement of your beliefs (to assess your suitability for the study of theology please outline in full sentences your theological convictions; this is not an exercise in telling your story, but should be a summary of 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. This requirement applies to all Ridley College students.

Please apply for your police check and working with children check as soon as possible (if you do not have one already) and attach them to your application or email the documents to the Admissions Officer as soon as you receive them. You can find our information sheet here.

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 the Minister/Pastor is a family member.

Step Two: References

Once your online application form has been submitted, you will receive an email confirming that it has been sent successfully. At the same time, your nominated referees will be emailed a form to complete and send directly to us.

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.

Step Four: Unit Enrolment

There will be an opportunity to discuss your units of study in your faculty interview. Once all unit enrolments have been processed close to the start of semester, an enrolment pack will be emailed to students. On Campus students can sign up for chapel teams, life and ministry groups, community meals and for Semester 1 Launch Camp. The enrolment pack will also include information about the library and how to log on to the Ridley College student portal. A student/library card will be posted to students along with a tax invoice, enrolment summary and the Variation of Unit Enrolment Policy. The Student Manual can be accessed at Ridley Online/Academic Admin/Registrar’s Office once you have received your login details.

Step Five: 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 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’). Please also note that new students who do not complete the application process by the end of the semester in which they applied may not be allowed to continue their studies until their paperwork is complete.

 Information about fees and fee-help



Semester 3 Classes commence 18 November 2019

2020 Application dates

Applying for semester one 2020

Classes commence 24 February 2020
Early applications preferred by: 15 December 2019
Final applications close: 20 January 2020*

Reference forms are to be completed by referees as soon as possible after the application is submitted.

Applications from overseas students for Semester 1 2020 are now closed.

* After the final closing date potential applicants must talk to the Admissions Officer


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. © 2020 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.