Early College Program
Admission to the Early College Program is limited to students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled full time in high school or in an approved home-school program.
Applications to the Early College Program will be assessed using the same criteria for admissions to Goddard’s Undergraduate Program. Criteria includes an assessment of the following:
- Interest: Does the application reflect an understanding of Goddard’s student-driven, low-residency model? Has the student articulated why Goddard is the right fit for them?
- Willingness: Has the student expressed a willingness to think critically about their personal and academic experiences? Has the student expressed a willingness to take responsibility for their learning?
- Readiness: Does the student’s academic record (high school or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and reflections in the personal essay) demonstrate sufficient preparation for writing-intensive, independent, and critical work in the liberal arts and sciences?
HOW TO APPLY
You have two choices for completing your application.
- Submit your application through Goddard’s Online Application for Admission for the Early College Program.
- Complete the Common Application.
- Transcripts and other official records must be submitted by the credit-awarded institution directly to Goddard College, Office of Admissions, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.
- Submit high school transcripts or other proof of successful completion of secondary education (such as GED record). Students who were homeschooled or unschooled should submit a secondary education report. You do not need to submit high school transcripts if you have completed two full years of undergraduate education.
- Submit all transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.
- While test scores are not considered for admissions decisions, you are strongly encouraged to submit AP, IB and CLEP scores with your application as you may be eligible to earn college credit. If you are applying for admission to the BA in Education with Teacher Licensure, you must submit Praxis Core test results.
3. Personal Essay
Write no more than 1,000 words addressing the following: Write about your readiness for undergraduate study in a program that is largely self-directed and writing-intensive. What life and academic experiences have inspired and prepared you to undertake undergraduate study? What do you intend to study? Please describe possible learning goals for your first semester. What resources might you turn to for grounding and guidance? What elements of your intended degree concentration are attractive to you?
One (1) letter of recommendation must be submitted in support of your application. Letters can be from a teacher, mentor, advisor, or someone else familiar with your work.
You must also ask your guidance counselor to submit a Secondary School Report.
Recommenders must send letters of support directly to the Office of Admissions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the Admissions Office, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.
All applicants to Goddard’s undergraduate programs are required to complete an interview with an admission counselor. The interview is designed to help the counselor assess your understanding and readiness or self-directed study. It also provides you with an opportunity to ask questions about the low-residency model or other aspects of the Goddard curriculum. Interviews are generally done over the phone and are 20-30 minutes in length.