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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions FAQ

What is the deadline to apply?

In general, the deadline for completing an application for admission to all programs is one month prior to the start of the residency for your projected entry semester, but deadlines might vary by program or semester. Check with an admissions counselor if you have any questions, or view application deadlines here.


Where do I mail my application materials?

In all cases, application materials should be submitted to the Admissions Office at the Vermont campus. 

Admissions Office
Goddard College
123 Pitkin Road
Plainfield, VT 05667


Do my admission materials all have to arrive together? Does my application have to arrive before my letters of recommendation and transcripts?

The application materials do not need to arrive together. If your supporting materials arrive before your application, we will keep them safely on file until your application arrives.


Can I email or fax my materials?

A letter of recommendation may be faxed or emailed by the author (fax 802-454-1029, email  Emailed letters must be sent as an attachment in Word format or .pdf file format. 


What should I do if I go by more than one name?

Please list on your application all names under which your transcript or other materials might be sent.


Do I need official transcripts from every college or university I attended?

Yes. Submit all transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities. Transcripts must be submitted by the credit-awarded institution directly to Goddard College, Office of Admissions, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.


Do I need to send my high school transcript?

A high school transcript or proof of General Educational Development (GED) credentials is required if you have completed fewer than 60 college credits or have not earned at least an associate’s degree. Students who were homeschooled or unschooled should submit a secondary education report.


Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation? What if I have been out of school for a long time?

We understand that many of our applicants are contemplating a return to school after years of absence and may find it difficult to contact a former professor. Please request letters from those who know you and can speak to your readiness to complete the program to which you're applying" might be better.  Colleagues and supervisors are excellent choices, as are business associates or associates from community organizations and communities of faith.


Is there a required format for the letters of recommendation?

There is no required or suggested form or template for letters of recommendation. Formatting of the letters is at the discretion of the references.


Do I need to visit the campus and have an interview?

Interviews are required for applicants to any of our undergraduate programs. Although you are welcome to schedule a visit to campus, it is not necessary to do so. Our applicants live all over the country and the world, and most conduct their interview over the phone.


When will I be notified of my admission decision?

Once we have received your complete application, we will make a decision in no more than one month, and notify you right away. You are welcome to call the Admissions Office at 1-800-906-8312 at any time to check on the status of your application.


Can I defer my enrollment?

If you are offered admission to Goddard, you may defer entry up to one year. If you defer twice and do not enroll, your application will be withdrawn, and you will need to reapply.


How do I apply for financial aid?

Apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA form online. FAFSA is only for American citizens and permanent residents. You will be asked to input Goddard’s code, which is 003686. For more information on financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


When is the residency?

To view a schedule of residencies, see the Academic Calendar.


Can I speak with a Goddard graduate?

Goddard's Ambassador Program brings Goddard graduates together with prospective students.  Our Ambassador Program is currently under development, please contact an admissions counselor for information about how to speak with a graduate.

Can I apply if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. Please visit the International Students page for more information, or contact an admissions counselor.