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Application Deadlines

Admissions Plan Application Priority Date Notification Date National College Decision Day
Early Action Dec 1 Dec 15 May 1
Regular Decision Feb 1 March 1 May 1
Rolling Decision June 15 Rolling

Early Action is a non-binding admissions plan that allows 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, which covers the full cost of tuition, fees, room and board.

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.

Applying after March 15? All applications received after the Regular Decision notification date will be evaluated on a rolling basis. This means the Office of Admissions reviews and makes admission decisions on applications as they are completed.

Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program

The traditional eight-year track isn’t the only pathway to becoming a pharmacist. Our Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program trims two years from the traditional path so that you can earn your diploma in six years. Be sure to submit your application before March 1.

Application Requirements

App Requirements:

  • Submit a PC ApplicationCommon Application or Coalition Application
  • Provide a copy of your high school transcript
  • Submit short answer questions:
    1. What makes you tick?
    2. If we were to mention your name to ten people with whom you are associated, what would they tell us about you? ie…what is your reputation?
    3. How do you envision PC helping with your long-term goals?

Recommended Items:

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

Optional Items:

  • An official copy of your standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Personal statement

Please email any of the recommended items to admissions@presby.edu.

Test-Optional Requirements

For Applicants who apply using our test-optional admissions process:

  • Submit a PC ApplicationCommon Application or Coalition Application
  • Select test-optional on the application
  • Send your official high school transcript(s) to PC
  • Submit short answer questions:
    1. What makes you tick?
    2. If we were to mention your name to ten people with whom you are associated, what would they tell us about you? ie…what is your reputation?
    3. How do you envision PC helping with your long-term goals?

*PC requires that admitted students submit SAT or ACT scores for course placement and research purposes.

Please email any of the recommended items to admissions@presby.edu.

Test-Optional FAQs

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 Admission 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 offering 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. Applying test-optional may also be something for you to consider if you haven’t been able to take the SAT or ACT due to Covid-19.

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 Admission 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, the 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.

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