Apply as a First-Year Student

To apply online to Jefferson as an undergraduate student, complete the Jefferson Online Application or Common Application and submit all supporting materials by the below deadlines.


First-Year Students:

To be considered for admission, high school seniors and other first year applications must submit the following.  International students, please review the International Student section at the bottom of this page for additional English proficiency and documentation requirements.

  • An application for admission
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and university readiness. For an academic recommendation form, click here. click here.
  • Official High School Transcript.
    • International applicants must submit official copies of secondary school marks or exam results. Photocopies of school records are permissible for evaluation purposes but if offered admission, official documents are required.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Our SAT code is 2666 and our ACT code is 3668.
  • Required academic or college preparatory courses:
    • Four English, three Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three History and Social Science, two Laboratory Science, and three elective courses.
  • Personal Essay (250 word minimum). Please select a topic from the prompts below. 


Freshmen Essay Prompts:

Please note, there are specific and/or additional prompts for certain accelerated dual degree programs. See below for more information.

1.  Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2.  The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3.  Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4.  Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5.  Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6.  Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7.  Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Please note, there are specific and/or additional prompts for the following Accelerated Dual Degree programs. 

 

International Students

In addition to the required application materials listed above, please note that all international applicants must provide one of the following marks of English proficiency: In addition to the required application materials listed above, please note that all international applicants must provide one of the following marks of English proficiency:

  • Minimum TOEFL scores: 79 IBT; test must have been taken within last two years
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5; test must have been taken within last two years
  • Official SAT or ACT Exam Results
  • Bridge Pathways at Jefferson Certificate: completion of level 5. For more information, visit: http://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/international/bridgepathways.html 
  • ELS 112 Certificate of Completion
  • Completion of English Composition I at a United States college or university with a “B” or higher
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language (See List).

Transfer Students:

To view transfer application requirements, please visit our Transfer Admissions page by clicking here.