Why choose Janet Clarke Hall?

What makes us different?

We are much more than '96 students and 9 resident tutors’. The high ratio of tutors to students help the College, but it’s our relationships that define us. Students bring an amazing mixture of talents, backed by their discipline and all the opportunities we offer. Our highly engaged tutor team are role models for a successful life and provide outstanding support.

A champion for equity and access since 1886, we offer a large and generous scholarship and bursary programme, currently benefitting more than half of the Student Club, that will grow dramatically in 2019 through a number of major new bequests. 

We are widely regarded for the open and friendly leadership of College staff who are experts in what they do. We look for people who bring good things to our community, and thrive in it.


And the other colleges?

How do I choose the right one for me?

Every College has its own culture. Simply put, if you imagine Colleges as people, each with their own personality, some you could be life-long friends with, others would merely be acquaintances. It's important that you pick the culture that suits you best. So, how do you work out which College will fit you?

We suggest you

Visit the college

Speak to the Students

Read about its culture Check around social media

It's only by doing this that you'll get a real sense of what each College values, and what Janet Clarke Hall can really do for you.

But judge for yourself. Don't trust the marketing.


So what is the JCH culture?

The academic college... with real opportunities for every student

Most colleges are getting big. While Janet Clarke Hall offers everything that a larger college does, our size and energy allow countless opportunities for all of our students to try new things, pursue excellence, and lead others. 

We also have an outstanding tutor team who engage daily in teaching, learning, and mentoring. As a result, our students' academic performance is incredibly strong.

How do we measure this?

Consistently more than 40% of all of our student grades are First Class Honours, with 90% of all grades at Honours level - significantly above the University average.

Alongside this academic success, our students are fully engaged in the social, cultural and sporting life of our dynamic Student Club and beyond at Intercollegiate level.

So what's Janet Clarke Hall's culture? Who would JCH be if they were a person...

Intelligent and hard Working

They know that University is a cornerstone of their education and the single most important factor in determining their career, life and future. They value knowledge, but wear it lightly; this person is no nerd.

Open minded

They're open-minded and rigorously accepting of new people and ideas. They're courageous enough to speak up when they sense intolerance.

Friendly and accepting

This person is friendly and warm. They value friendship and are not a fan of cliques, gangs or groups that exclude.

Socially minded

They are able to see the big picture and realise that there's more to life than themselves.

Their views on religion, politics and asylum seekers...

That's probably something you should ask them, but the point is...they have views. They are engaged with the world. They don't spend it in a haze of alcohol, drugs, TV watching or shopping. Ideas, discussion and debate make them come alive.

What they don't like

Pettiness, style-over-substance, intolerance, laziness... and pitted olives.

If this sounds like the kind of person you could imagine friends with then come visit and judge for yourself. We'd be happy to give you a tour of the College anytime, or visit us on our Open Days.

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Sasha Greenaway, First Year Arts Student
I originally chose Janet Clarke Hall because of its academic reputation. It wasn’t until I arrived that I began to fully understand the true benefits of attending JCH. Our size provides more opportunities for students to get involved than in larger colleges as there are less people vying for places. In 6 months, I have been in the rowing crew, joined the choir and been made a fire warden. Participation is highly valued with every student encouraged to either try something new or share their skills with others. It can be very difficult to move and start university away from home but in a college with just under 100 people, you have made 100 new friends by the end of your first week. There is always someone you know and can talk to when you're stressed about assignments, missing home or wanting the spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

Sasha Greenaway (from Sydney NSW)


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