How to Apply

At Prescott College you are much more than a number.

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The Admissions Committee thoughtfully and carefully considers all applications to the College, looking beyond the paperwork to see the individual who wants to be a member of this community. In addition to the Admission criteria listed below, we also consider a student's potential for growth and success at Prescott College.

Prescott College does not require any specific prior course work for acceptance; however, applicants to the program are encouraged to show the following in order to increase their chances of acceptance:

  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of prior college course work or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) equivalent from regionally-accredited colleges earned at a C grade or higher; course work should be in general liberal arts areas such as social science, humanities, math/science, and writing/communication. (Some applicants with fewer credits may be admitted provisionally.)
  • Demonstrate college level writing skills.
  • Show consistent academic potential.

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 majority of our applicants have received B or higher grades in previous academic work. While transcripts have an important role in the admission process, we utilize a holistic review process that acknowledges other strengths and characteristics of students' ability to be successful at Prescott College.

Prescott College admits as a regular student only individuals with a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

Required application items

  • Completed application form  
  • Official transcripts from all high schools, colleges and/or universities attended 
  • Academic Focus Essay;  In 2-3 pages (typed, double-spaced) of your best writing, please integrate your thoughts around these two major themes into a comprehensive response:
    • Write about your educational goals.
      • What are your 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 is the role that this area of study now plays in your life and what has been your experience, if any, in this discipline?
    • Write about your readiness to thrive in the self-designed, Limited-Residency Undergraduate Degree which we offer at Prescott College.
      • What led you to pursue your Bachelor of Arts degree 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?
      • What kind of help will you need to overcome any weaknesses?
Application: Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program



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

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