How To Apply

At Prescott College, students are far more than numbers on an application. The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to consider applications to the College, looking beyond the paperwork to see the individual.  In addition to the admission criteria listed below, we also consider a student's potential for growth and success at Prescott College.

General admission criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Evidence of previous academic success and promise
  • Good citizenship and community involvement
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary academic pursuits
  • Clearly articulated academic goals
  • Evidence of self-direction
  • Well-developed college essays

The required application items include:

NOTE: There is a different application and instructions for Limited-Residency Master of Education

  • A completed online application or printed Application: Education and Teacher Preparation

  • Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.  Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the appropriate Admissions Office. NOTE: Transfer students who have NOT successfully completed two full years of college study (90 transferable quarter credits or 60 transferable semester credits) are required to submit high school transcripts, GED results, or other proof of high school graduation.
  • Academic focus essay - In two to three pages (typed, double spaced), integrate your thoughts around the themes below into a comprehensive response:
    • Write about your educational goals.
      • What are you educational goals and how do you see your life changing after graduation
      • What areas of study would you like to pursue as a major? As a minor?
      • What significance does this area of study now play in your life and what has been your experience, if any, in this discipline?
    • Write about what makes you ready to thrive in the kind of self-designed, student-directed education Prescott College offers.
      • What led you to want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree or Post-Degree Certificate at Prescott College?
      • What kind of experience and success do you have working or learning independently?
      • How will your strengths help you succeed in our program?
      • How do you manage your time with school assignments?
      • What support do you have in place to help you accomplish your academic goals?

Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions. In certain cases one or more requirements may be waived.