St Mary's College (University of Melbourne)

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St Mary's College, University of Melbourne
Front Gate
The front gate of St Mary's College
Logo of St Mary's College Melbourne.jpg
Shield of the college
University University of Melbourne
Location Tin Alley and 871 Swanston Street, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria
Coordinates 37°47′46″S 144°57′50″E / 37.79611°S 144.96389°E / -37.79611; 144.96389Coordinates: 37°47′46″S 144°57′50″E / 37.79611°S 144.96389°E / -37.79611; 144.96389
Established 1918
Named for Mary (mother of Jesus)
Previous names St Mary's Hall
Colours Navy blue and red
Principal Dr Darcy McCormack
Undergraduates 154
Postgraduates 1
Tutors 8
Website St Mary's College website

St Mary's College is a medium-sized residential college affiliated with the University of Melbourne.[1][2] It was founded on and still practices the Catholic tradition.[1]


The college is located on Swanston Street in Parkville, a suburb of Melbourne.[3]


St Mary's College was originally established in 1918 as St Mary's Hall, catering to women mainly from the country.[2][3] Formerly on The Avenue in Parkville, it moved to its present position on the corner of Tin Alley and Swanston Street in 1966.[3] It was in that year that it became a college, the female affiliate of the Catholic male Newman College.[3]

In 1977, St Mary's became co-residential. It now exists independent of Newman.[3] Since its inception, St Mary's College has been administered by the Sisters of Loreto.[2][3]

In 2004, the Academic Centre, a joint facility shared between St Mary’s and Newman Colleges, was opened. It was designed by Maggie Edmond and Peter Corrigan to reflect the overall academic vision of both colleges to enhance the educational facilities and opportunities available to the students of the colleges. The centre contains a library, tutorial rooms, music practice rooms, student lounges and information technology facilities.

Student body[edit]

It is home to around 160 students, the majority of whom attend the University of Melbourne, although a small percentage attend either the Australian Catholic University, Monash University, Parkville campus, or RMIT University.

The vast majority of students at St Mary's are from rural and regional Victoria, and some are interstate or international students.[1] The college has a very strong sporting tradition, particularly in the disciplines of Australian rules football and netball. Its official colours are navy blue and red, with the football jumper design a solid red V on a navy background.


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