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Admissions Landing Page Content
- CAMPUS TOURS AND VISITS
- WHAT IS LOW-RESIDENCY EDUCATION?
- ADMISSIONS DECISIONS
- DEFERRED ADMISSION
- ROLLING ADMISSION
- READMISSION OF FORMER STUDENTS
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- VETERAN STUDENT SERVICES
- NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Are you a passionate and motivated learner? Do you think critically, ask questions, and look deeply into areas of inquiry that may cross traditional disciplinary boundaries? If you answered yes to any of these, then Goddard College is for you.
We seek strong writers and critical thinkers who are passionate about what they want to study. The Admissions Committee looks beyond your transcripts and grades; we highly value the content of your essay, the strength of your references. We are most interested in learning how your experiences have shaped you as a learner, and the ways in which Goddard’s low-residency model will help you in your educational journey.
In keeping with Goddard’s student-centered approach to education, the Admissions Office encourages you to speak in depth with our dedicated admissions counselors about your educational goals.
An admissions counselor is available in the Admission's Office Monday through Friday. Call us toll free at 1-800-906-8312, or email [email protected].
Welcome to Goddard College! We look forward to meeting you.
The Office of Admissions provides formal and informal opportunities for prospective students to visit the campus throughout the year. Discover Goddard Days, which are scheduled regularly, offer prospective students the opportunity to meet faculty and administrators and to visit the living and dining facilities. Individual visits can also be arranged at any time by calling 800.906.8312. Most programs offer a visiting day during the residency to showcase the program in action, and individual visits can also be arranged at any time.
Goddard’s low-residency semester format comprises an intensive 8-day residency on campus, and 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. The college pioneered this format nearly a half century ago particularly to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences with relevance in real-world circumstances.
Goddard College's low-residency model at a glance:
- Design your own study around an area of your interest and passion each semester.
- Participate in an 8-day, on-campus residential educational program where you interact with faculty advisors, students, alumni and staff, and participate in workshops, readings, group sessions, artistic and musical events, and more.
- Complete your work at home using the resources of your own community.
- Library facilities, Student Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, Community Life and other College resources, along with online collaboration with faculty and your fellow students, are available throughout the semester and provide you with individualized assistance.
- Individualized guidance from award-winning faculty who are experts in their fields.
- Support in the design and implementation of all of your studies.
- One-on-one interactions and in-person experiences with visiting professionals, such as authors, educators, artists, publishers, and specialists.
- More personal involvement than an on-line degree.
After your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will review your application and notify you of the committee’s decision. The Goddard Admissions Committee is most interested in learning how your experiences have shaped you as a learner, and the ways in which Goddard’s low-residency model will lead you in your educational journey.
Once you are accepted you will receive three sequential mailings. The first mailing will include the acceptance letter requesting an enrollment deposit due within 30 days. Subsequent mailings include an academic overview and introduction to Community Life and college resources.
SPECIAL NOTE ON GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
An application for graduate admissions may be questioned or rejected because:
- The proposed study appears more appropriate to undergraduate than graduate enrollment.
- The proposed study appears to require expertise not available at Goddard College.
- The major application documents, the interview (where applicable), the portfolio (in the MFA programs), the letters of recommendation, or transcripts of undergraduate education indicate that the student is not ready or otherwise does not appear to be a good fit for Goddard’s form of graduate education.
Accepted students may defer entrance for up to two semesters. After two semesters, admissions will withdraw your application and you must reapply for admission and reactivate your file.
Goddard’s rolling admission process allows you to apply and receive notification at any time in the year before the semester in which you would like to enter. Application deadlines are 30 days before the semester begins. Apply early to receive a guaranteed place in the program and to sort out any financial aid and scholarship needs.
Any former student who has been out of attendance for more than one academic year who wishes to return must apply for readmission. Previous accounts must be paid in full.
Goddard College welcomes and values the presence of international students in our educational community. We are approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Students, and therefore to admit and enroll students to programs offered from our Plainfield, Vermont campus.
Goddard College offers its program in a low-residency format, which requires students to be physically present on campus for roughly 8 days per semester, after which students return to their home state or country to complete the work of the semester under the supervision of the faculty advisor. Over and above standard requirements related to international students, it is very important to note the following:
- Because of the non-traditional format of Goddard’s residency requirement as well as the structure of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) which is designed only for traditional full-time residential programs, the college can only issue an I-20 valid for the duration of the residency plus adequate travel time to and from campus. As such, international students enrolled at Goddard College cannot remain in the U.S. between residencies under the I-20 and/or F-1 visa.
- Students are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($100 as of June 2008) in advance of each semester in order that a new semester-specific I-20 can be generated and issued to the student.
- No Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to international students at Goddard and Goddard College does not issue I-20 certificates for F2 dependents (or, spouses or children) of I-20 / F1 visa holders.
Goddard College’s Admissions Office staff is well-trained to assist prospective international students and the Registrar can also be contacted with specific questions related to international student enrollment.
The following resources also provide valuable information related to the processes and regulations surrounding international student enrollment:
Goddard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, marital/civil union status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran/uniformed service status, disability or other legally protected classification in any of its policies or procedures--including but not limited to those related to admission, employment, the provision of educational services, and the granting of financial aid--or in its services, facilities, privileges or benefits in compliance with and to the limits of applicable state and federal laws. All Goddard scheduled and sponsored programs and activities are open to men and women on an equal basis or on the basis of gender identity or expression.