Resident Undergraduate Programs

Begin your bachelor's program by applying now

The first step to beginning your bachelor's degree program at Prescott College is to complete your application. You'll find the application forms and deadlines below. Other links give tips for filling out your applications, plus there are special instructions for transfer, international, non-traditional high school equivalencies,  and home-schooled students. If you have questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to call us at 877-350-2100 or e-mail admissions@prescott.edu. We're here to help make the application process as easy as possible!

Priority Admissions

Prescott College accepts applications on a rolling basis; however applications received by the priority date are reviewed first and given an admissions decision before other applicants. If accepted, your spot will be held until the reply date, at which point you will need to submit a non-refundable $200 deposit to hold your spot and confirm your intention to enroll.

How to Apply

At Prescott College you are much more than a number—even in the application process. 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.

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

Applicants may apply via three options:

  1. Downloading the Application: Resident Undergraduate , and return to Prescott College Admissions, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301, or  
  2. Online with the Apply Online : To complete the application process online, you will need to submit the application. The Admissions staff pulls applications from the web site daily and will immediately follow up with an E-mail acknowledging that your application has been received in our office. Remember that you will still need to have your transcripts and letters of recommendation sent to the Admissions Office via postal mail.
  3. Online with The Common Application (On-Campus Undergraduate)
    Please note that the $25 application fee has been waived.
  • One essay—a two to four page autobiographical essay reflecting on your past academic experiences and your educational goals
  • One letter of recommendation: First-time Freshmen must have a letter written by a teacher or counselor; transfer students may have a letter from anyone except family or a significant other
  • Official transcripts of all high school and college work
  • (Only veterans need to submit)
  • Test Scores: First-time Freshmen must  or scores. In the event you are unable to submit SAT or ACT scores, contact the Admissions Office to discuss options.

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

Home-Schooled Candidates

Prescott College welcomes home schooled students and other students with non-traditional high school equivalencies. If you did part or all of your high school work as a home-schooled student, you will need to submit evidence of academic readiness through a portfolio. At minimum, the portfolio should be 5 to 10 pages and include: course titles, course descriptions, and bibliography. Some prior applicants have chosen to also include writing samples, photography, and CD-ROMs of artwork.

International Students

Applications from international students are welcome. 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 500 on the paper-based, 173 on the computer-based, or 61 on the Internet-based test. Applications should be submitted early to avoid problems caused by delays in processing Visa documents.

Transferring to Prescott College Resident Undergraduate and Limited-Residency Undergraduate Programs

Transferring to Prescott College

Students seeking to transfer to the Resident Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Program must complete the equivalent of four terms of full-time enrollment as a minimum enrollment requirement. Students seeking to transfer to the Limited-Residency (distance) Bachelor of Arts Program will complete a minimum of 10 upper division courses (a minimum of 8 upper division courses completed in the major taken through Prescott College) in order to graduate. Transfer students do not need an Associate’s degree to apply. Students are generally considered to be “transfer students” if they apply to Prescott College with college credit earned after high school.

All Undergraduate students, either Resident or Limited-Residency, must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits before becoming eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Prescott College. Up to 90 semester credits can transfer. Only courses that are numbered 100 level and above and completed with a C grade or higher will be accepted as transfer credit, and this credit must be from a regionally accredited school.

Transfer students who have successfully completed four terms of college study (90 transferable quarter credits or 60 transferable semester credits) are not required to submit high school transcripts. All other application requirements apply.

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 sent 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.

For more information about transferring to Prescott College, please contact the Admissions office at 928-350-2100 or admissions@prescott.edu.

Prescott College has transfer agreements with the following institutions:

The Maricopa County Community College District

Northland Pioneer College

Northwest College, Wyoming

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

Limited-Residency (distance) Bachelor of Arts Program Admissions

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Phone: (877) 350-2100

Additional Information

Resident Undergraduate Degree Bachelor of Arts Program Admissions

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Phone: (877) 350-2100

Transfer Pathway Guide for Download

Transferring from Yavapai Community College

Transferring from Maricopa Community Colleges

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Prescott College awards four semester credits to each International Baccalaureate (IB) "higher level" score of 5, 6, or 7, up to a maximum of 20 credits. Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis. IB scores must be sent directly from the International Baccalaureate North American office to the Office of the Registrar. IB tests must have been taken within five years prior to admission to Prescott College. IB-awarded credits do not count towards Prescott College's two-year minimum enrollment requirement.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Prescott College awards 4 semester credits for each Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 20 credits. Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis. AP scores must be sent directly from the College Board/Advanced Placement to the Office of the Registrar. AP tests must have been taken within five years prior to admission to Prescott College. AP-awarded credits do not count towards Prescott College's two-year minimum enrollment requirements.

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

Prescott College awards transfer credits for US military services training via the American Council on Education (ACE) endorsement transcripts: AART (Army ACE Registry Transcript) and SMART (Sailors/Marines ACE Registry Transcript). 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

PO Box 3665

Culver City, CA 90231

Tel: 310-258-9451

Admissions Calendar

Prescott College practices rolling admissions, which means that you may apply at any time prior to the published Last Day to Apply date. However, there is a hard deadline for Early Decision and recommended priority dates for all other applicants.

Applicants meeting these deadlines have the best chance of gaining admission and may be considered for Merit Scholarships.

  Fall TermSpring Term
Early Decision Deadline Fall Term-December 1

Spring Term-N/A

PC responds to early decision applicants Fall Term—December 15  Spring Term—N/A
Candidates reply & enrollment deposit Fall Term—January 4  Spring Term—N/A
Freshmen Admissions/Merit Scholarships (priority date) Fall Term—March 1  Spring Term—November 1
Candidates reply & enrollment deposit Fall Term—May 1  Spring Term—December 1
Transfer Admissions/Merit Scholarship (priority date) Fall Term—April 1  Spring Term—November 1
Candidates reply & enrollment Deposit Fall Term—May 15  Spring Term—December 1
Last Day to Apply for Admission Fall Term—August 15  Spring Term—December 15
Financial Aid/FAFSA (priority date) Fall Term—March 1  Spring Term—October 15

Early Decision

Students who have come to the decision that Prescott College is their first choice are invited to apply for the Fall Term under the College's Early Decision Plan. Students who file Early Decision applications with all accompanying credentials by December 1 will receive a decision by December 15. In submitting an Early Decision application, a student enters into an agreement whereby, if admitted, she or he will enroll at Prescott College and immediately withdraw all applications to other colleges. An applicant wishing to apply as an Early Decision candidate should check the appropriate box on page one of the Prescott College application or on the Common Application.

Deferred Matriculation

Students wishing to defer matriculation may do so by sending a written request to the Director of Admission and paying a $200 non-refundable deposit. Matriculation will be postponed for up to a full academic year, subject to successful completion of any academic work undertaken during that time.