Applying as a First-Year Student

A first-year student is any student from the U.S. who has not taken college-level classes since the summer following high school graduation. If you match these requirements, use the following steps to apply for admission.

How to Apply to Goshen College

First-year students at Goshen College.
  1. Complete the application. You have two different options:
    Then, pay the $25 application fee We will waive your application fee during College GO! Week or if you visit campus!
  2. Send your high school transcript.
    See the list of recommended high school courses to take before applying.
  3. Send your SAT or ACT score.
    If your test scores aren’t already included on your transcript, have them sent directly to Goshen College. Goshen’s SAT code is 1251 and ACT code is 1196.
  4. Answer and submit the personal written essay.
    Respond to the following question in 250 – 500 words: As you consider college and your future, what are your academic, social, spiritual, or other goals? Type and send your essay (as a Word document or pasted in the body of the email) to admissions@goshen.edu.
  5. Send in AP, IB, or CLEP credits (if you have them).

Enrollment Application Deadlines

Fall

Nov. 15: Priority application deadline (to be eligible to apply for achievement scholarships)

Jan. 1: Achievement scholarship application deadline (You will need to have applied to GC and submitted your transcript and test scores prior to applying for the scholarships.)

March 1: Priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA.

July 1: Deadline for submitting completed applications to be admitted for fall enrollment.

Spring

Nov. 15: Deadline for submitting application.

Dec. 1: Deadline for submitting completed applications (including supporting paperwork).

Minimum Requirements to Apply

Goshen College seeks to enroll students who are prepared for a challenging academic college program that will prepare them for a successful career after they graduate. High school courses, grades, test scores, and students’ personal experiences are important factors in the admission decision.

Recommended High School Courses:

Graduation from an accredited high school is required for admission into Goshen College, along with the following recommended college preparatory courses.

  • English: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 2-4 units
  • Science: 2-3 units (pre-nursing students must have one unit of high-school chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher, or its college equivalent)
  • Social Studies: 2-3 units
  • Foreign Language: 2-4 units

GED:

Average score of 500 or above on each of the sub-scores for tests taken after 2002.

College-Level Credit During High School:

Applicants with Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, or other college-level credit should submit official score reports or transcripts to Goshen College.

Additional Consideration for Student Admission:

Students not meeting our full college admission standards are still encouraged to apply for admission. Goshen College takes a holistic approach to admission decisions and will consider the merit of each applicant’s academic record on an individual basis. Additional application materials may be requested so that we can learn as much as we need to make our admission decision.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with diagnosed learning disabilities, who are otherwise qualified for admission to Goshen College, must provide documentation of their specific learning differences to the director of the Academic Success Center in order to receive reasonable accommodation.