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First-Year FAQs

What's the application procedure for first year students? What are the deadlines?
Applications can be submitted either Early Action or on a Rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Early Action applications must be submitted by November 1 or January 2. Before an application for a first year student can be reviewed, it must include a full record of high school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, a resume and a personal statement. We are also a test optional school. You may choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores, but if you choose not to submit your test scores, you will be required to submit an Insight Portfolio with three short essay responses (approximately 100 words each) and a recent, graded writing sample. To learn more about our Test Optional Policy, click here.

SAT Code: 3418
ACT Code: 4302
FAFSA Code: 003687
CSS Profile Code: 3418

If you have taken any courses at the college level, please be sure to submit official transcripts in order to receive transfer credit. Green Mountain College also awards credit for a score of 3 or above on an exam taken through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. To be eligible to receive credit, please be sure to forward an official Advanced Placement Score Report with your application.

Additional application materials, including a portfolio of class work, a Creative Arts portfolio, an employment portfolio and/or supplemental letters of recommendation, are encouraged.

Once an application is complete the Admissions team will review it. Decisions are typically made within 2 to 3 weeks.

What's the application procedure for home-schooled students?
Home-schooled students not receiving a diploma from an accredited agency may submit a GED in place of high school transcripts. Home-schooled students must still submit SAT or ACT scores, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to the student's ability to perform in the classroom.

Home-schooled students are not eligible to take part in Test Optional program. Home-schooled students may still choose to submit an Insight Portfolio, and it will be reviewed in conjunction with SAT or ACT scores.

What are the minimum requirements for admission for first year students?
Green Mountain College does not set minimum requirements for standardized tests or for GPA. While your transcripts and your test scores will play an important role in your admissions decision, we believe there is more to you than just the numbers. The Admissions Office uses a holistic approach when reviewing applications. We believe that letters of recommendation, essays, community involvement and leadership experience are very important considerations in the admissions process. All applicants should ensure that the application fully reflects his or her abilities as a student and as a community member.

What is the average financial aid package for first year students? What are the deadlines?
Over 90 percent of GMC undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. The average GMC grant/scholarship offered to students is $12,600, with the average package (including aid from all sources) totals $22,073. The range of grants is from $1,000 to $34,288.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Please be sure to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

What is your policy for AP and IB tests?
Academic credit is granted for an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of a 3 or higher. Academic credit is granted for a higher level International Baccalaureate examination score of a 4 or higher. Students who receive the full IB diploma may qualify for sophomore standing. These certified achievements may count towards the satisfaction of specific Environmental Liberal Arts requirements and as placement in your major or minor program of study.

Is there an early entrance program?
Students who have completed their junior year of high school and wish to accelerate their academic studies may choose to apply for early admission/early entrance. The prospective student is responsible for arranging an agreement between the Green Mountain College Registrar's Office and an accrediting high school to satisfy all secondary school graduation requirements.

An early admission/early entrance candidate must demonstrate that his or her interests will be better served by immediate entry into a college program. All candidates must submit an Application for Admission along with all other application requirements. A personal interview with the candidate and parent(s)/guardian(s) is required. A statement of support from a high school guidance or college counselor is also highly recommended.

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