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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 Decision is a binding admissions plan and is a great option if PC is your top college choice. If accepted, you agree to withdraw all other applications and commit to attending PC by submitting the $400 non-refundable deposit by January 15.

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 Decision  Nov 1  Dec 1  Jan 15
Early Action  Nov 15  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