First-Year Students

How to Apply

The application process at Newbury College is highly personalized and we take the time to get to know you as an individual. Our admissions staff is committed to developing a clear understanding of your accomplishments and achievements inside and outside of the classroom. We have rolling admission beginning November 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact us. 

Priority Deadline – December 1, 2015
We invite students to beat the rush and apply to Newbury College early via our December 1priority deadline. Students can submit either a Newbury application or the Common Application, along with their supporting materials. Priority deadline benefits include:

  • Increased scholarship opportunities. Newbury is committed to being as generous as possible to students who apply by December 1. We expect that students with strong grades will compete for our highest awards.
  • Quick turnaround. Students are usually informed of admissions within one week of applying.
  • Special invitations. Students who are accepted sooner receive advance notice of special events and they get a jump start on their enrollment process. 

1. Fill out and submit a completed application. You can apply through one of the following options. Newbury College gives equal consideration to the Newbury application and Common Application.
2. A writing sample. Please submit a copy of a graded paper you have written within the past year. It should be a minimum of 250 words and can be on any subject. Some examples are an English composition, a history thesis, a psychology report or a literary critique. Newbury College will accept the Common Application essay in place of a graded writing sample.
3. Two letters of recommendation - one from a guidance counselor and the other to be filled out by an English, Math, History, Science, or Foreign Language instructor. Transfer students should provide one from an academic advisor and the other recommendation by a professor.
4. Transcripts - all applicants must submit their high school transcript and transfer students must submit all college transcript(s) as well. All transcripts must be official copies.
5. SAT/ACT scores are optional. Students may submit scores if they believe the results present a fuller picture of their achievements and potential. Students who do not submit scores will not be at any disadvantage in the admission process, unless they wish to qualify for our Presidential Scholarship.
6. Interviews are not required but strongly encouraged especially for students attempting to qualify for our additional scholarships.
7. Documents may be mailed to: Newbury College, Office of Admission, 129 Fisher Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445 or faxed to (617) 731-9618.

International Students must also submit: an official TOEFL score. A minimum score of 71 (internet-based exam); 197 (computer-based exam); or a 527- 530 (paper-based exam) is required. For the IELTS, a minimum 5.5 band score is required.
*If an international student is accepted, (s)he must also submit several other forms. Please see our section on Enrolling as an International Student for more information.