Student Admission Application
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Note: If you are interested in pursuing a minor in New College – you should not complete this application. You should contact the New College front desk at (205) 348-4600 or and schedule a meeting with the Director.
Contact Information
First Name:
Last Name:
Student ID #:
Email ( preferred):
Phone Number:
Mailing Street Address:
Resource Information
Referee's Name:
Referee's Email:
Please note: Your admission interview cannot be scheduled until a letter of recommendation is received from the specified referee.
Please Select One: High School senior
College freshman
College sophomore
College junior
College senior
For admission in:
Submit Self-statement

The self-statement should address the following two prompts in short-essay form. The prompts are designed to assess whether an applicant is likely to succeed in a program that stresses self-designed learning and interdisciplinarity.

Applicants should upload their responses as a single document during the application process.

Prompt 1:

Demonstrate your readiness for a self-designed and self-directed course of study within New College by responding to one (1) of the following prompts in a well-written, concise essay of 400-600 words.

  • Tell us about a time when you advocated for yourself and how this experience prepares you for a self-directed plan of study.
  • Tell us about a circumstance when you exhibited resilience and how this experience helps prepare you to address potential setbacks in your academic career.
  • Tell us about a time when you were able to adapt successfully to a fluid situation and how this experience helps prepare you for the ambiguity of an interdisciplinary, individualized course of study.

Prompt 2:

Describe your proposed plan of study. New College requires students to create their own course of study with the guidance of a New College faculty advisor. How might you combine various subject areas or fields to create your individualized plan of study. When possible, mention specific departments, courses, and/or ideas for independent study.

Upload self-statement:
(.doc, .docx or .pdf format)

Students who wish to submit multimedia materials should wait until they have contact from a New College faculty member.
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