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Apply for Limited-Residency Undergraduate

Apply for a bachelor's program that lets you learn where you live

You'll find everything you need to apply for your limited-residency undergraduate degree on this page.  From admissions criteria to application forms, deadlines, and financial aid information, it's all here along with information to ease the way for international and transfer students.  If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us at 877-350-2100 or by e-mail admissions@prescott.edu. We look forward to providing you with our unique and top college degree!

How to Apply

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   Apply Online
  • 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?

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

Admissions and Financial Aid Calendar

Prescott College practices rolling admissions which means that you may apply at any time prior to the published last day to apply. However, there are recommended Priority Dates for all applicants. Applicants meeting these deadlines have the best chance of gaining admission and may be considered for merit scholarships.

 Fall TermSpring TermSummer Term
Priority Scholarship Deadline July 1 November 1 April 1
Orientation Begins                                   August* January* May*

*contact Admissions for specific Orientation dates

Computer Literacy

Students are expected to enter the College with a level of technology competency sufficient to function effectively in the program. Proficiency is defined as a comfort and knowledge of using email, navigating the Internet, and basic word processing skills. Students must be able to use message boards or computer conferencing tools to communicate with others, download and upload files, and attach files to email. Students are required to have full-time access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection.

Deferred Matriculation

Students wishing to defer matriculation may do so by sending a written request to the Director of Admission. Matriculation will be postponed for up to a full academic year, subject to successful completion of any academic work undertaken during that time.

Transfer Credit

Regionally Accredited US Colleges or Universities

Prescott College will transfer in college-level credit from regionally accredited US colleges or universities for courses in which a grade of C or the equivalent was obtained. In some cases college-level credit from US colleges and universities that are not regionally accredited may be transferable via Prescott College's Conversion Portfolio Policy. Students desiring to transfer such credits should contact the Office of Admissions to determine the applicability of this policy to their educational background. Once enrolled, students work with their academic advisor to determine how their transfer credits will apply to their degree plan.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Prescott College accepts a full range of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, which measure mastery of college-level introductory course content in a wide range of disciplines. To receive credit for successful performance on a CLEP examination an official transcript must be scent by the CLEP Transcript Service. Prescott College will not accept a transcript or score report submitted by the student, nor will credit be awarded based on another institution's prior evaluation.

Military Transfer Credit

In accordance with Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, all veterans utilizing GI Bill Education Benefits must submit for military transcripts while entering Prescott College.

Prescott College awards transfer credits for US military services training via the American Council on Education (ACE) endorsement transcripts, AART (Army ACE Registry Transcript), SMART (Sailors/Marines ACE Registry Transcript), and Air University. Prescott College also awards transfer credit for tests administered to military personnel by DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support). AART and SMART transcripts and DANTES scores will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis with faculty input. Only those courses that pertain to a student's degree program will be awarded transfer credit.

International Transfer Credits

College-level credit from non-US institutions will be transferred according to current guidelines of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices (AACRAO). Transcripts from other countries must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation service. They produce an "official report" which we use for evaluation. The student is responsible for all costs associated with this evaluation. The evaluation process can take several weeks to complete.

Recommended credential evaluation service:

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)

PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231

Prescott College has transfer agreements with the following institutions:

Transcript evaluations are always free at Prescott College. Contact an admissions professional today to plan your seamless transfer to Prescott College.

International Students

Applications from international students are always welcome. International students whose native language is not English must exhibit a competency in the English language, with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or at least 80 on the internet-based test (IBT). Accepted international students (including students living in Canada and Mexico) must demonstrate ability to meet educational expenses while studying at Prescott College for the first year. This is called “financial certification.” This is the same standard that consular and Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) officers will use to determine a student’s financial stability.

Students should anticipate that they will be required to present documentary evidence of financial support at the time they apply for a visa and again to the CIS when they arrive in the United States. Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the student’s family.

Documentation of personal or family funds should be on bank letterhead stationery, or in the form of legally binding affidavit from CIS. It may be wise to get several sets of original financial documents.