Undergraduate Admissions

An application for admission to an undergraduate program (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts) is evaluated according to three important criteria:

1. Online Application

Click the “Apply Now” link to submit you application through our Online Application or through the Common Application.

Application fee: $65

Where there is a demonstrated financial hardship, the Office of Admissions may waive the application fee. Please contact your admissions counselor for instructions.

2. Official Transcripts  

3. Recommendations  

Two (2) letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of your application.

In lieu of the second letter of recommendation, you may substitute a Secondary School Reportjpg_pdf. (The Secondary School Report is a requirement for students applying for the Early College Program.)

If you are applying to the BA in Psychology (BA/MA Fast Track), three (3) letters must be submitted in support of your application. At least one letter should address your ability to do graduate-level work.

Letters can be from an academic or professional setting; or be from colleagues, advisors or mentors.

Recommenders must send letters of support directly to the Office of Admissions. Email admissions@goddard.edu or mail to the Admissions Office, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.

4. Essay and Supplemental Materials

Bachelor of Arts: Individualized Studies, Health Arts & Sciences, Sustainability


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?

Bachelor of Arts: Education


Write no more than 1,000 words addressing the following:

Your essay should address your reasons for applying to Goddard; your educational background in the field; what life experiences prepared you to reach your educational goals. If you are pursuing a teaching endorsement, please tell us how your undergraduate work to date prepares you to seek licensure and describe your “call to teach.”

NOTE: Students hoping to earn a Vermont Teachers License are required to submit Praxis CORE scores or a Praxis CORE Acknowledgement Form.

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology


Write no more than 1,000 words addressing the following:

Please address the following issues: What events in your life have led you to want to pursue studies in the field of psychology and/or counseling? Write about your readiness for undergraduate and graduate study that is largely independent, as well as your ability to motivate yourself and to advocate for your style of learning. What personal attributes provide the greatest challenges to your study in this program?

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Creative Writing


Write no more than 1,000 words addressing the following:

Please describe how you started writing, how your writing has evolved, your experience with craft and revision, and what you hope your writing will become. Also discuss why have you decided to pursue a BFA degree rather than working on your own to write, your thoughts on the relationship of the writer to the world, the texts that have inspired you, and how hope to grow as a reader.


Submit two or three short pieces (no more than 20 pages; excerpts from longer pieces are acceptable) along with a one-page introduction to each piece explaining the process through which the piece came to be written: its genesis, any revisions it has undergone and why.

5. Interview

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.