No Application Fee
Now that the majority of our applicants complete an online application, we have no need for an application fee. Simply complete your application with the required documents and any supplements, and we will have a decision to you by the published notification date.
Official High School Transcripts
The Admissions Committee will review your academic development from 9th through 11th grade. We may also request the first semester grades of your senior year before making a decision. In most cases, Presbyterian College requires the completion of a four-year high school curriculum that includes the following courses:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of math
- 3 or more units of history and/or social sciences
- 2 or more units of the same foreign language
- 2 or more units of laboratory science
(We encourage additional units in the last three categories.)
High School GPA
We will recalculate your high school GPA on a 4.0 scale based on performance in your core courses. In addition to your cumulative GPA, the Admissions Committee also looks for trends in your grades from year to year and from subject to subject.
Strength of Curriculum
We encourage you to take the most challenging curriculum that is appropriate for you. Completing honors, advanced placement (AP), and international baccalaureate (IB) courses will prepare you for the rigors of the PC curriculum.
Standardized Test Scores
Presbyterian College recently introduced a new test-optional admissions policy. If you earn a minimum of a cumulative 3.25 high school GPA, you can decide whether or not to submit your standardized test scores.
If your high school GPA is below a 3.25, you must submit your official SAT and/or ACT scores directly from one of three sources:
- The testing agency
- Your official high school transcript(s)
- Your high school counselor
The high school GPA is based on PC’s recalculation of your core academic courses only. If the recalculation of your GPA falls below a 3.25, your Admissions Counselor will contact you.
Essay and Short Answers
You must submit all essay and short answer requirements from the application materials. This is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from other applicants—and the point when we evaluate your writing ability and get to know you a little better. Choose topics of great importance to you or ones that will demonstrate your passions. Tell us things about yourself that we won’t learn from the application and be sure to add depth and details to your essay.
Short Answer – Pick two of five:
- What would you do with $1,000,000 if you had to spend it in one week?
- Explain what Presbyterian College’s motto, “Dum Vivimus Servimus,” means to you.
- What attributes do you have that will add value to the PC community?
- If you could have ice cream with one person, famous or not famous, current or historic, who would it be and why?
- If you could be any fictional character in literature, who would it be and why?
Essay – Pick one:
- Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decisions again?
- Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, which marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Please email your short answers and essay to firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyterian College has always taken a holistic approach to admitting applicants, evaluating everything a student offers the community: high school GPA, standardized test scores, the strength of academic schedule, writing ability, leadership, and service. Now you can decide whether or not PC considers your standardized test scores when evaluating your admissions file.
Here is your checklist to apply using our test-optional admissions process:
- Achieve a cumulative 3.25* high school GPA
- Complete your PC application
- Complete the Essay and Short Answers
- Select test optional on the application or email email@example.com and request to apply test optional
- Send your official high school transcript(s) to PC
PC requires that admitted students submit SAT or ACT scores for course placement and research purposes.
*The high school GPA is based on PC’s recalculation of your core academic courses only. If the recalculation of your GPA falls below a 3.25, your Admissions Counselor will contact you.