At the undergraduate level, St Paul’s is a residential community for male students at the University of Sydney and, from 2020, other major metropolitan universities. The College has a strong commitment to providing the best all-round educational experience for our students. The benefits of sharing the learning experience with fellow students are obvious. Our tutorial programme (Paul’s has the largest on campus) adds an invaluable, more intimate layer to the teaching already being received at the University.
Friendship and community are at the heart of the Paul’s experience. Indeed, thousands of Paulines have made lifelong friends here. Increasingly, as the University grows, and meeting and engaging with fellow students becomes more difficult, more and more students are drawn to the collegiate experience. St Paul’s is a place where you are welcomed, respected and recognised for who you are.
The College’s unique spirit is so because of the selfless and generous commitment each student makes to the College community. Most College activities are student-led and members of the College are expected to contribute in whatever ways their talents and their commitments allow.
Who can apply?
Each year St Paul’s accepts about 80 new students, or ‘Freshmen’. Students who are accepted into the College must be enrolled in a tertiary degree at university, and may be in any year of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Most students stay for the duration of their degree.
St Paul’s seeks to attract students from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of interests, both academic and otherwise. The current student body is made up of young men from overseas (jncluding Study Abroad students), interstate, regional NSW and suburban Sydney.
For information about Graduate House, which admits women and men postgraduate students and academics, click here.
Interested to know more?
If you would like to find out more about the College, you are welcome to telephone (02-9950 7451) and arrange a time to come in for a chat and have a tour of the College.
Alternatively, we hold four Schools Dinners throughout the year to which Year 12 boys and their parents are most welcome. Following formal dinner in Hall you will be taken on a tour of the College by current students who will be delighted to answer your questions.
Late in August the College holds its Open Day on the same day as the University of Sydney’s Open Day. Visitors are welcome to call in to the College, be shown around by current students, and enjoy something to eat.
For further information about any of these events, please don’t hesitate to contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for admission to St Paul’s you will need to:
Life at a university college contributes to academic success and broader engagement with university life. Paul’s seeks to cater especially for young men who are (or aim to be) high achievers, who understand teamwork of all sorts and who know how to manage their time. It is important to apply early.
For information about Graduate House, click here.
Meals in Hall bring the community together, especially formal dinner every weekday evening. Tutorials, sport, cultural activities, social life and community outreach are features of student life. All this takes place within the larger context of the Pauline community, including former students of all ages.
The College has a substantial site at the centre of the University grounds and near King Street, Newtown. The original buildings, designed by Edmund Blacket, are amongst the finest neo-Gothic examples of its kind in the country. The Chapel, with its spectacular east wall of modern French glass, was added in the 1960s as was the Mansfield Library. The new Ivan Head Building offers world-class accommodation for over 100 undergraduates, tutorial rooms, and a well-equipped gymnasium. Further new facilities are planned in the coming years.
Living and learning together lies at the heart of the collegiate experience. St Paul’s aims to educate for intellectual leadership and also to be a first-rate environment in which to study. The academic results of our students are strong. Over 60 tutorials (the highest number of any college on campus) principally in core subjects across all faculties, are offered each week by senior students with High Distinctions in those subjects. There is also collaboration with The Women’s College and our other neighbours.
Games draw the College together. The Rawson Cup, founded in 1906, is the premier award for intercollegiate men’s sport, with competitions in rowing, rugby, cricket, tennis, athletics, swimming, soccer and basketball, running over two semesters. The College is justifiably proud of its long and distinguished performance in sport. St Paul’s won the Rawson Cup overall in 2017 and has run a close second in 2018 and 2019.
The College plays rugby against King’s College, University of Queensland (for the Callaway and Daubney Cup), and AFL against our neighbours at St Andrew’s. The College attracts sportsmen of a very high calibre, many of whom play for the University and other clubs in Sydney. There is a very long tradition of touch football being played each evening on the oval before dinner. Croquet is also played on the quadrangle lawn.
Established in 2001, the intercollegiate Palladian Cup is contested in cultural and artistic pursuits namely oration, debating, instrumental and vocal music, art, drama and dance. Each year students form the College are placegetters in individual competitions; the College last won the Palladian Cup overall in 2016.
Other cultural activities
Founded in 1948, the St Paul’s College Mummers (together with actors from The Women’s College) is one of the oldest university dramatic societies in the country. It presents at least one production each semester. Debates are organised between current students and neighbouring colleges, alumni and members of Graduate House. Each year medals are awarded for best performance in Oratory (Asimus Medal), Singing (Drury Medal), Instrumental Music (Albert Medal), Debating (Waddy Medal) and Drama (Felix Arnott Medal).