Pre-College Program Admissions
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Eligibility for 2019
The Pre-College Program admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both of the following criteria:
- Will graduate in 2020 or 2021
- Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2018, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2019
The Pre-College Program application will open in mid-December.
Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including:
- The $75 nonrefundable application fee
- Counselor report
- Transcripts with fall 2018 grades
- Signed rules and regulations
- If English is not your native language, submit scores from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS language proficiency exam along with your application. The scores of successful applicants are typically above 103 on the TOEFL with 25 on the written section; IELTS are at least a 7.5 score with 7 on the written section. We do not accept Cambridge English Exam or TOEFL iTP test scores. Be sure to schedule your test appointment as early as possible, so that the test does not delay your application.
Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an email prompting you to log in to check your application status approximately three weeks after you’ve completed your application.
Admissions decisions are only valid for the summer term in which you apply. You may not defer admission to the program to a subsequent summer term.
Early application deadline: guaranteed decision before course registration begins
Applications will still be accepted through May 7, however we cannot guarantee a decision before registration begins.
Financial aid application deadline
Submit both your program and financial aid application by this date
We will evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, current grades, counselor reports, and your short essays—when considering your application.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis, and the selection process is competitive. Once an application is complete, it takes approximately three weeks for a decision to be made.
According to US State Department guidelines, international students participating in the Pre-College Program do not qualify for F-1 student visas as this is a non-degree program that requires less than 18 hours per week in the classroom.
Participants should apply for the B-2 tourist visa (citizens of some countries may not need visa stamps but will need pre-approval through the ESTA system) which allows for brief stays—usually less than six months—that may include participation in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree.
Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country if you have any questions about visas, country-specific policies, or the necessary documentation for your visit.
Please visit the US Embassy website to locate the embassy in your country.