Admissions for Bachelor’s Programs

On-campus and online bachelor’s programs

In order to attend Prescott College, individuals must first apply, be accepted, and confirm their enrollment verbally or through a tuition deposit, based on their academic program. General admissions requirements must be completed by the published deadlines and may include:

  • Completed admissions application
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference
  • Essay
  • Final official transcripts from high schools and/or institutions of higher education attended (see Transcripts)

Specific application requirements and instructions can be found on the admissions website, in addition applicants may apply through our free online application at the aforementioned website. Undergraduate applicants may also apply through the Common Application.

SAT and ACT Scores: Prescott College does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission. Applicants are welcome to submit their scores as part of their application. Our SAT code is 0484 and our ACT code is 5022.

If required, letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Prescott College by their authors. They can be emailed to


Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts to complete their admission application. If a student confirms their plans to enroll, final official high school transcripts displaying graduation date are required prior to the start of student’s first term, and official college transcripts are required prior to the end of their first term. Final official transcripts should come electronically through a secured transcript service, or in a sealed envelope directly from the institution providing them. 


Transfer students are required to provide final official high school transcripts if they have completed fewer than 60 transferable college-level credits. See Transfer Credit Policy for more on transferable credit.


Transcripts must be submitted for any college-level coursework completed at a regionally accredited institution, or at an institution accredited by specialized accrediting agencies recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If the student attended a post-secondary institution that does not hold any such accreditations, those credits are not transferable outright, and transcripts are not required for admission nor enrollment. Students desiring to transfer non-accredited coursework may apply for the Prior Learning Assessment once enrolled at Prescott College. See Transfer Credit Policy and Prior Learning Assessment.


GED: GED, HSE, HiSet, California High School Proficiency Examination, TASC, and other high school equivalency diplomas are recognized as high school diplomas. 

Students must have received a high school diploma or GED prior to admission in order to be eligible for financial aid. Students who have not yet received a GED may enroll as a non-matriculating (meaning non-degree seeking) student on a course-by-course basis, but are not eligible for financial aid and would be responsible for all tuition and fees.

Determining first-time student or transfer student status, and information about dual enrollment credit
In Admissions, applicants are considered a transfer student if they have attended another college or university and have completed 13 or more transferrable credits post high school. If an applicant has earned less than 13 credits, they will be considered a first-year applicant. If an applicant is completing college courses while in high school, they are considered a first-year student and not a transfer student.

Dual enrollment credit
Credit earned while in high school through dual enrollment programs may be transferred toward a student's degree at Prescott College. Final official transcripts are required from the community college or university awarding the dual enrolled credit even if the courses are listed on a student's high school transcript.

Computer Literacy

Applicants are expected to enter the College with a level of technology competency sufficient to function effectively in the program. Proficiency is defined as a knowledge of and proficiency using email, navigating the Internet, and basic word-processing skills. Applicants must be able to use message boards and computer conferencing tools to communicate with others, download and upload files, and attach files to email.

Applicants are required to have full-time access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection.

Home-Schooled Applicants

Prescott College welcomes home-schooled applicants and other applicants with non-traditional high school equivalencies. Final official high school transcripts come from a homeschool clearinghouse, guild, or association. If transcripts are unavailable, we encourage you to consider, offered in concert with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). You may also 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.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who have past academic records that are not satisfactory, or have other serious academic concerns in their application, may be admitted provisionally. Applicants who are admitted provisionally must demonstrate successful academic performance within their first term of enrollment. See Satisfactory Academic Progress section for more information.

Conditional Admission

Some applicants may be admitted based on the condition that they furnish required admissions documentation by the end of their first term of enrollment. This may include final official transcripts to show proof of pending coursework, or the conferral of their degree appropriate to the degree program to which they have been admitted. Financial Aid may not be disbursed for subsequent terms if final official transcripts have not been received by the end of the student's first term of enrollment at Prescott College.