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The application process at Presbyterian College is highly personalized.

Work closely with one of our admissions counselors to make sure your application is completed in a timely manner. The Admissions Committee reviews your academic development as demonstrated in your performance, curriculum, writing ability, class rank, and test scores. Your leadership, special talents, and extra-curricular activities also factor into the admission decision.

How to Apply

When applying, high school seniors should:

  • Submit a PC application or submit the Common Application.
  • Request an official copy of your high school transcript from your guidance counselor.
  • Submit an official copy of your standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).


Early Action is a non-binding admissions plan that will allow you to receive an early admissions decision without the obligation to commit early. Your non-refundable enrollment deposit is due by May 1. Meeting this application deadline qualifies you for all merit scholarships, including the Griffith Scholarship.

Regular Decision qualifies you for consideration for the remaining merit-based and music scholarships. Applications are still accepted after the priority date if you are interested in applying for Regular Decision.

Priority Date
Early Action  Dec 1  Dec 15  May 1
Regular Decision  Feb 1  Mar 15  May 1


Space in the incoming class becomes limited for candidates submitting applications after February 1. PC bases admissions decisions on available space, academic performance, and talents.


For applicants, the following factors are considered for acceptance:

  • Class standing (GPA)
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT or ACT)
  • High school curriculum
  • Grades
High School Curriculum

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:

  • English — 4 units
  • Mathematics — 4 units
  • History and/or Social Sciences — 3 or more units
  • Laboratory Science — 2 or more units
  • Foreign Language (same language) — 2 or more units

(We encourage additional units in the last three categories.)

Test-Optional Admissions Requirements

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.

For applicants who 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 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.

Essay and Short Answer Questions

The essay and short-answer questions are required for those students who utilize the College’s Test-Optional Policy. For those students who aren’t applying test-optional, essay and short-answer questions are components of the application that we highly recommend you complete. Short-answer and essay questions give students an opportunity to differentiate themselves from other applicants. 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 detail to your essay and short-answer questions.

Short Answer – Pick two of five:

  1. What would you do with $1,000,000 if you had to spend it in one week?
  2. Explain what Presbyterian College’s motto, “Dum Vivimus Servimus,” means to you.
  3. What attributes do you have that will add value to the PC community?
  4. If you could have ice cream with one person, famous or not famous, current or historical, who would it be and why?
  5. If you could be any fictional character in literature, who would it be and why?

Essay – Pick one:

  1. 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.
  2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decisions again?
  4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  5. 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

Why does Presbyterian College offer a test-optional policy?

At the core of Presbyterian College’s mission lies a belief in the power of the liberal arts and the development of the whole student, including mind, body, and soul. Thus, it is only fitting that we in the Office of Admissions have always taken a holistic approach to reviewing applicants, focusing on the many strengths of a student, not just a student’s ACT or SAT scores. This approach, paired with our internal and external research surrounding factors correlating with academic potential, yielded a decision to move toward the offering of a test-optional admission policy to students seeking admission to the College. Now, applicants can use their performance in the classroom to showcase academic achievement and academic potential.

How do I know if test-optional is right for me?

Do you feel as if your test scores are an accurate reflection of your academic ability? If so, applying test-optional probably isn’t for you. However, if you feel that your performance in your high school coursework is a better reflection of your academic ability than your ACT or SAT scores, you can choose not to include your test scores in the admission process.

Are there any students who cannot apply test-optional?

There are three groups of students who cannot apply test-optional:

  • Per NCAA mandate, prospective student athletes must submit test scores for athletic eligibility.
  • Homeschooled students must submit test scores for admission purposes.
  • International students are required to submit standardized test scores in order to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

How will PC review my application if I don’t submit my test scores?

Seeing that the Office of Admissions uses the holistic approach to reviewing applicants, the process of reviewing test-optional applicants and non-test-optional applicants is quite similar. In regard to academics, the Admission Committee will evaluate a test-optional applicant’s academic record, including grades, strength of high school curriculum, as well as his or her overall grade trend. Letters of recommendation, writing ability, community involvement, and other achievements will also be considered.

Will I still qualify for merit scholarships if I apply test-optional?

Yes, you will still be eligible for the College’s merit scholarships, which are awarded based on a student’s academic performance, leadership ability, writing ability, and commitment to service.

If I decide to be a Blue Hose, will I need to submit my test scores?

Yes. After you enroll at Presbyterian College, you will be asked to submit your ACT and/or SAT scores for advising and placement purposes.