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Application Instructions

Undergraduate Application
Online or PDF download

Graduate School Application
Online or PDF download

The following instructions will guide you through the undergraduate application process. For similar information related to applying for graduate school, see Graduate Studies under the Academics headings.

To initiate your application, return the Application Form and the requisite application fee. Then follow up with the supplemental information required for the level of enrollment you indicate on the form (matriculating, non-matriculating or auditor). The following supplemental information can be submitted at a later date, but will need to be received before your file will be recommended to the Admission Committee. As an applicant, you are either a matriculating student (full or part-time student pursuing a degree), a non-matriculating student (taking classes for credit but not pursuing a degree) or an auditor (attending classes but not participating in discussion or assignments). Based on your desired level of enrollment, you may be required to fulfill all or some of the following supplementary information requirements. See the chart below.

Required Supplemental Information

ESSAYS

Matriculating Students

Non-Matriculating Students

Auditors

Essay #1: Statement of Christian Faith (250 words)

X

X

Essay #2: Why You Wish to Attend NSA (250 words)

X

X

Essay #3: Copy of a previous essay submitted for credit

X

TRANSCRIPTS & TEST SCORES

Transcript, or other proof of completion of secondary education

X

X

College Entrance Test (ACT or SAT)

X

EVALUATIONS

Evaluation #1:Pastoral Evaluation

X

X

X

Evaluation #2: Academic Evaluation

X

Evaluation #3: Financial Commitment Disclosure

X

MISCELLANEOUS

Photograph of the applicant

X

Campus visit / interview (optional)

Applying, Step-by-Step

1) Submit Application Form
You may complete the form online or download the Application Packet.

2) Pay Application Fee
You may send your check or money order along with your application or pay online.

3) Gather Your Supplemental Information
The following supplemental information can be submitted at a later date, but will need to be received before your file will be recommended to the Admission Committee.

Essays

Statement of Christian Faith
The Admissions Committee is not looking for a theological treatise, but a concise statement of the applicant’s Christian beliefs in 250 words or less. Students are not required to subscribe to the College’s Statement of Faith, but they should indicate what they believe with regard to basic Christian doctrine. All students who attend New Saint Andrews must pledge in writing to maintain sound Christian doctrine, to regularly attend an orthodox church, and to maintain a teachable spirit. They must also pledge to abstain from actively promoting doctrines contrary to the mission and goals of the College. Students should give attention not only to what they write, but how they write it. Students who have any questions about the College’s Student Code of Conduct or the student pledge regarding sound doctrine should contact the College for more information.

Essay on Why You Wish to Attend New Saint Andrews College
In 250 words or less, the Admissions Committee wants to know how serious a student is about attending the College and how well the student will fit in with the other Christian scholars in our community. Because New Saint Andrews admits only 50-60 full-time first-year students annually, each new student is an important addition to the character and culture of the College. The Committee tries to identify applicants whose educational goals and interests will be best served by the College, and whose presence will be a positive addition to the College. The Committee encourages applicants to explain why they think New Saint Andrews meets their specific academic and personal goals, and why they think they will benefit from the College’s programs.

Copy of an Essay Previously Submitted for Academic Credit
The Admissions Committee has found that copies of previously graded academic work are helpful in assessing an applicant’s rhetorical skills. Because these abilities are so important for academic success at New Saint Andrews, applicants are encouraged to provide an example of what they consider their best work. The essay must be the student’s work alone, and preference is given to original copies of essays graded by a parent or teacher. The essay may be on any subject and in any style of writing, but it should be an example of what the student considers his or her best academic work.

Transcripts and Test Scores

Satisfactory Completion of Secondary Education
Successful applicants typically average "B" or better grades in their general secondary-level studies. The Admissions Committee gives careful attention to an applicant’s record in English, languages, history, and social studies in order to assess the student’s ability to meet the College’s significant reading and writing requirements. Previous Latin and classical studies are not required, but they may prove helpful in demonstrating a student’s ability and commitment to pursuing the College’s classical curriculum.
Home schooled applicants should provide evidence of completion of secondary-level studies by submitting GED scores or other record of academic assessment, such as a full transcript of courses completed, including grades earned, date of graduation or completion and/or narrative evaluation of performance.

Standardized Examination Scores (ACT or SAT)
The College uses these standardized tests as one way (among several) to identify an applicant’s areas of academic strength and weakness. The College has found these tests to be generally reliable indicators of future academic success at the undergraduate level, but the Admissions Committee never considers them apart from the context of the student’s overall academic record and application portfolio. The College requires a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT, or 1000 or higher on the SAT (Math + Critical Reading). At this point we encourage prospective students to complete the writing portion of the SAT, however we primarily look at the Critical Reading and Math sections. It is only these two sections that are counted towards the 1,000 composite, as our Application includes several essays that are used to determine the writing capabilities of an applicant. Students who score below the required minimums may still be admitted on a provisional basis and given the opportunity to demonstrate their academic abilities during one academic term.

New Saint Andrews College Codes:
ACT: 0931

SAT: 3855

 

Evaluations

Pastoral Evaluation
The Admissions Committee considers confidential pastoral evaluations very seriously. These evaluations provide non-academic indicators of basic personal, familial, social, and spiritual traits that are essential to the Committee’s assessment of how well a student will fit in at New Saint Andrews. When a pastoral evaluation seems to contradict other evidence in the applicant’s portfolio, the Admissions Committee may contact the pastor and/or the applicant directly to seek additional information and clarification. The applicants are responsible for contacting their pastors and requesting that they fill out the Pastoral Evaluation Form. The completed pastoral evaluation form must be returned directly to the College and should not be returned by the applicant.

Academic Evaluation
The Admissions Committee values the confidential academic evaluations of educators who know the applicant well. These evaluations provide academic indicators that are essential to the Committee’s assessment of how well a student will fit in at New Saint Andrews. When an academic evaluation seems to contradict other evidence in the applicant’s portfolio, the Admissions Committee may contact the teacher/ advisor and/or the applicant directly to seek additional information and clarification. The applicants are responsible for contacting their teachers/advisors and requesting that they fill out the Academic Evaluation Form. The completed academic evaluation form must be returned directly to the College and should not be returned by the applicant.

Statement of Financial Commitment and Disclosure
Because the College limits its enrollment, the Admissions Committee wants to know whether applicants can meet their financial obligations so it does not displace qualified applicants who are able to pay. The point is not to pry into your personal financial records, but to simply receive personal assurance that you will be able to meet your financial obligations to the College if accepted and that you are willing to take responsibility for this commitment.