How to apply

Key Dates

Emmanuel College welcomes applications from local, regional, interstate and international students planning to study at The University of Queensland. We also offer a number of places to students accepted at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University and Australian Catholic University (ACU).

You don’t have to wait until you have received your offer from university to apply to Emmanuel. Actually we start taking applications up to a year in advance of students commencing at the College, and we also make residential offers to a students in September and October, and then in December following the release of ATAR results. So the earlier you start the application process the better. This gives you plenty of time to organise your documentation and arrange a suitable time for you to attend your interview.

With this in mind, it’s also important to understand that applying early doesn’t guarantee a place at Emmanuel College. In fact our admissions team takes a holistic and values driven approach when assessing applications, embracing a wide range of qualities and perspectives that future students can bring into our community. Our goal is to achieve a diverse cohort of students that reflect society generally; a community made up of different genders, cultures and home geographies, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual identities, ethnicity and races, and a range of extracurricular abilities, to name a few.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Admissions team at

Undergraduate residents

2024 Semester 2 applications:

  • Opens 22 March 2024
  • Closes 30 June 2024

We will have a very limited amount of spaces available in 2024 Semester 2.

Offer rounds for 2024 Semester 2 resident applications are announced on an individual basis.



2025 Full year applications: Opens 22 March 2024

We have multiple offer rounds throughout the year:

  • 2 October 2024
  • 13 November 2024
  • 17 December 2024

Visit HERE for ATAR release dates and QTAC Application Offer Rounds

Application Step 1


Confidential referee form

Ask someone who knows your character and capacity (e.g school leader, guidance officer, teacher, lecturer, tutor, mentor or employer) to complete this form

Personal statement

Write a letter (about 500 words) to the Principal explaining why you would like to live at Emmanuel College and why you would be a suitable resident.

Academic documentation

Have the following documents (as applicable) ready:

  •  A copy of your latest school report card
  • Your unofficial academic transcript if you’ve commenced study at university

Proof of age

One copy of your passport/birth certificate/driver’s licence or equivalent.


A recent portrait photograph – this will remain on your records while you’re at College.

Co-Curricular Summary

Co-curricular summary

Reflect on your involvement in sports, cultural activities, community service engagements and any leadership roles you’ve had.

Application Step 2


Upload the information listed in Step 1

Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of $195 AUD* will be requested online at the completion of the application form. This can be paid by Visa or Mastercard.

*Students experiencing financial hardship may be considered for a fee waiver of the application fee. If this applies to you, please email

Application Step 3


Book an interview

After completing your online application form, you will be emailed a link to book your interview.

Attend an interview

You’ll attend your interview with a member of our Student Engagement Team. This can be conducted in person or over Teams.

Application Step 4 - Outcome


Application assessment

Application assessment

Following your interview we will assess your application. The number of students we shortlist varies from year to year, but we do our best to accommodate as many suitable students as possible. 

Offer round

Offer round

If your application assessment has been successful, you will hear from a member of our Student Engagement Team during one of our offer rounds.

Academic documentation

QTAC/University documentation

Upload the following documents to the College online application portal once you have received them:

  • A copy of your ATAR/equivalent
  • A copy of your confirmation of enrolment at a Brisbane based university



Fees may be subject to change


2024 Residential Fees – Undergraduate


What your fees cover

Residence fees at Emmanuel College cover:

  • 39 weeks full residence, including all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper)
  • Personal room with a king single bed, study desk, ceiling fan, small fridge, whiteboard, spacious cupboards and drawers and internet connection
  • All utilities including WiFi
  • Weekly cleaning and laundry
  • Excellent, tailored academic program
  • On-site counselling and wellbeing support
  • Safe college with after-hours staff and support
  • Formal dinners with guest speakers
  • Access to all college amenities, including common rooms and sports court 
  • Emmanuel College Chapel services and meditative space

Additional compulsory charges cover:

  • Sporting and cultural activities
  • Social events organised by the Emmanuel College Students’ Club
  • Access to UQ Sport Fitness Centre, Aquatic Centre, tennis court hire and UQ Olympic-standard athletics track
  • Academic gown and Emmanuel College jersey
  • Orientation Week (new students only)

Additional information

  • Ensuite rooms and smaller rooms are subject to availability 
  • Emmanuel College residential contract aligns with The University of Queensland Academic Calendar (includes accommodation over the mid-year break)
  • No credit is given for periods of absence from the College
  • Additional charges may be applied for campus accommodation that falls outside the contracted 39-week period (18 February 2024 – 16 November 2024). For example, if a resident requires additional accommodation for the period between 16 November 2024 – 16 February 2025, a fee of $90 may be charged. This excludes any accommodation provided to student leaders undertaking end of year leadership responsibilities including Leadership Week
  • Fees must be received by the due date. The College may refuse entry if fees are not paid in full before check-in. Refunds are only granted at the discretion of the Principal, and only in exceptional circumstances

Refund information

Discounts and extras

We offer discounted residence fees for:

  • Students in their third year or above at College
  • Siblings of current College students
  • Student leaders

Payment Plans

We provide flexible payment plans through an external provider to fit your budget and circumstances:


Edstart Pay is an interest-free plan to spread your fees in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. For more information, visit Edstart.

Edstart Extend can reduce your repayment amount by extending your education costs beyond the residential period. For more information, visit Edstart.

Scholarships and Bursaries

2025 scholarship applications will open late September 2024.

Additional scholarships

University of Queensland Scholarships — See details on the UQ scholarships website.

Emmanuel College provides financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries for new students commencing at College, and returning students.

While both scholarships and bursaries provide financial assistance, they have different eligibility requirements. Scholarships are awarded on merit based academic accomplishments, sporting or cultural achievements, irrespective of financial need. Bursaries in contrast, are granted to a student who faces economic barriers when it comes to applying to, or remaining at, Emmanuel College. Students are welcome to apply for both scholarships and bursaries.

Emmanuel College is committed to providing access and equity to enable the participation of young adults from all walks of life, who wish to join the Emmanuel community, while pursuing their undergraduate and postgraduate university studies.

Scholarship and bursary applications close on the following dates:

New students: November 2024

Returning students: December 2024

Associate Member Program


Program information

The Associate Member Program offers key aspects of the College experience to students who, although they do not live at Emmanuel, want to be involved in the academic, networking, mentoring and social aspects of College life. Emmanuel has a diverse population with students and staff from all over Australia and the world. The program offers the following benefits:

Orientation Week Program in Semester 1 (compulsory, extra accommodation and activity payment required).

Associate members live in and participate in all activities, establishing bonds with the College community.

Gill Student Centre

State-of-the-art learning and quiet study area

College Tutorials

70+ small-group tutorials (usually 3-6 students) offered with experienced and qualified tutors to assist students consolidate learning in addition to University courses.

Academic Mentoring and Wellbeing Care

Senior staff are on hand to provide academic and wellbeing support.

Dining Hall Access and Meals

Associate members are welcome to join their College friends for lunches in the Dining Hall, and dinner on the nights they attend tutorials and formal dinners. Associate members are also welcome to have other meals in the Dining Hall for an additional fee per meal.

Bag Pipe and Drum Lessons

Associate members are welcome to join the Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland Pipe Band.

UQ Sport Gym Membership (extra payment required)

Students can purchase a UQ Sport Gym Membership through the College at a significantly reduced rate.

Cultural Activities

Associate members can participate in cultural activities, such as musical and theatrical performances.

Community Service

Community service is encouraged and the Students’ Club runs many community service activities and projects throughout the year.


Associate Member Program information brochure



Application information

Associate Membership is only available for a full year.


Apply for Associate Member Program as a new associate member

Documents required for application include:

  • Proof of age – Copy of your passport/birth certificate/driver’s license or equivalent
  • Report card – Copy of your latest school report card
  • ATAR result – Your ATAR result if available
  • University of Queensland (UQ) offer letter – A copy of your offer letter from UQ, if available


Apply now




2024 Associate Membership Fees

Key Dates

2025 Full year applications: Opens 22 March 2024

2025 application close: 10 December 2024

The offer round for the Associate Member program is:

  • 14 January 2025