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Pre-College Program Admissions

Eligibility

The Pre-College Program admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both of the following criteria:

  • Will graduate in 2018 or 2019
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2016, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2017

To apply:

  1. Complete an online application and provide supplemental materials, including a counselor report, transcripts, and the signed rules and regulations. All supplemental forms should be completed and uploaded to the Document Management section in online services. The application fee is $50 and nonrefundable.

  2. If English is not your native language, submit scores from the TOEFL 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 test scores. Be sure to schedule your test appointment as early as possible. You don't want the test to delay your application.

  3. Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an e-mail prompting you to log in to check your application status approximately three weeks after you’ve completed your application.

Keep in mind that you may only apply for the Pre-College Program or the Secondary School Program.

Application deadlines

Early application deadline
Submit your application by this date to receive a decision before course registration begins
Wednesday, February 1, 5 pm 
Financial aid application deadline
Submit both your program and financial aid application by this date
Wednesday, February 1, 5 pm
Application deadline Monday, May 8, or earlier, if all course waitlists are full

Selection process

We evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, 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 very competitive. Once an application is complete, it takes approximately three weeks for a decision to be made.

Next steps after admission

If you are admitted to the program, you’ll register for the course you wish to take. Registration opens February 27 at 9 am (Eastern standard time), and you select your preferred courses and sessions online. Courses do fill up quickly, so plan to register early.

Check out the course options

International students

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 or the necessary documentation for your visit.

Please visit the US Embassy website to locate the embassy in your country.

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