Your application is not a set of numbers but an expression of your character, ambitions, imagination, and intelligence.
We ask for all of the standard information—recommendations and transcripts—but we also ask you to interview and do a good deal of writing. We’re curious about what you are thinking, why you are considering early college, and how you approach a critical argument.
We use the Common Application as the starting point. The information you provide in the Common Application (education, activities, family, demographics) initiates the conversation with your admission counselor. You can start this first step in the application process early, up to a year before enrollment.
We require four recommendations. Two recommendations must be from teachers of two different core academic subjects (English, foreign language, math, science, or social studies); one must be from a current teacher. The third, nonacademic recommendation is completed by someone who knows you outside of the academic setting, other than a family member. The fourth is completed by your school guidance counselor.
In the Common Application prior to submitting your application, identify who will be writing your recommendations. The actual recommendations can be submitted after you have submitted the application.
Your guidance counselor will submit this report with your transcript. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive current year grades, i.e. first semester/trimester or the midyear grade report. In most cases, these are available after early November (semester system) or early December (trimester system). If your school does not include this with your school report and transcript, please request to have these emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to submit a piece of your own work (or description of a project, in any form you deem appropriate) that has particularly intrigued and excited you. Examples include but are not limited to a writing sample, a position paper, a problem solution, a poem or short story, a graded test, a research paper, a science project, a copy of a drawing, painting, or photograph, or a recording of music, a film, or a performance. Upload optional work on your Application Status page after submitting the Common Application.
We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and educational experiences. We have additional guidelines to supplement the admission process.