Admissions

Application Process

Welcome to the admissions process at Emma Willard School

Applying to a new school can be overwhelming. The admissions team at Emma is here to help make the application process as easy as possible. To begin, download the checklist (below) to print out, put on the fridge, and easily track your Emma application process.

If you have every box checked, congratulations, you have completed your application. You will receive your admissions decision in March.

Emma Willard School has adopted a test-optional admissions policy.

List of 6 items.

  • Application

    We can’t wait to meet you, even if it’s just on paper to start. This is your chance to tell us all about yourself.  We accept the following applications:

    If using the Emma Willard School application, you will need to create a myEmma username and password. Click on the Apply button anywhere on the site and follow these directions:
    1. Select the blue "Create Account" link to create a myEmma username and password.
    2. After entering your basic information, select the "Create Account" button.
      • Our system may recognize you by your email address!
      • If the system recognizes your email address, your email address will be highlighted in red after you press submit.
      • If this occurs, select the "Forgot Login?" button. You will then be prompted to enter your email address to receive an automatic reply containing your myEmma username and password.
      • Once you receive a myEmma username and password you will have access to complete the online application, monitor your progress through the admissions process and learn more about Emma Willard School.
  • Application Fee

    Demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusion, Emma Willard School is pleased to offer a free application for admission for both domestic and international candidates. Please apply here: The Emma Willard Application. All other application platforms (SSAT, TABS, Gateway, etc.) have their own fee and will be found on their website.
  • Interview

    We are conducting our interviews virtually this year, using a variety of platforms that function best around the world, including Vericant, Duolingo, Zoom, and Google Meet. We'll look forward to meeting you!

    Candidates in the United States:
    Please schedule your interview here.

    Candidates from Mainland China:
    In keeping the health and wellbeing of our applicants in mind, Emma Willard School has partnered with Vericant and Duolingo to assist in interviewing candidates from Mainland China. Candidates living in and attending a school in Mainland China should contact Vericant to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment: www.vericant.com/students or use the Duolingo platform for at-home testing and interviewing: englishtest.duolingo.com/home. The Vericant interview or Duolingo interview will serve as the candidate's interview for admission. All Vericant and Duolingo interviews must be submitted to Emma Willard School by November 1. If the candidate chooses Duolingo, the testing component will also replace the TOEFL test.

    International Candidates:
    Please schedule your interview here.
  • Recommendations

    We love to hear from your current teachers. Hearing directly from them helps us learn even more about you, your strengths in the classroom, and what excites you most. We request completed recommendation forms from three current teachers. If you plan to apply using the free Emma Willard Application, please follow this link to access the recommendation request forms and your application checklist.

    Recommendations must be in English. If the documents must be translated into English, please provide the official translation along with the original language copy.
  • Transcripts

    The curriculum at Emma is rigorous. Your transcripts provide us with clues on how you will do academically here. The transcripts should come from an official at your school and contain a minimum of two years of credits as well as the first semester or trimester of the current academic year. Please fill out a transcript release form.

    Transcripts must be in English. If the documents must be translated into English, please provide the official translation along with the original language copy.
  • Testing

    Domestic Students  
    • Please submit an academic paper or essay that you wrote for your current or previous English or History class
      • Assigned by a teacher and graded;
      • Must be submitted in English;
      • Typed or handwritten;
      • Should demonstrate a thorough understanding of course content or discussions;
      • Should be a minimum of 150 words;
      • Should be analytical, not creative work.
    • Please submit a graded math test (not a quiz)
      • Should cover the most advanced topics you have learned to date;
      • Can be submitted in English or native language; 
      • Must show work and thought process around math topics and arriving at an answer.
    If an applicant feels that standardized test results, whether the SSAT, ISEE, SAT or state-based exams, represents her well and supports her academic profile, she is still welcome to submit them in addition to the graded math test and academic paper.
     
     
    International Students
     
    Applicants with a first language that is not English are required to submit either TOEFL iBT or Duolingo results to assist with academic placement. However, we will not require students to submit standardized test results from the SSAT, ISEE, or other exams.
     
    Along with your TOEFL iBT or Duolingo test results, please provide:
    •  SSAT test results
     OR
    • An academic paper or essay that you wrote for your current or previous English or History class ;
      • Assigned by a teacher and graded;
      • Must be submitted in English;
      • Typed or handwritten;
      • Should show a thorough understanding of course content or discussions.
    • A graded math test (not a quiz) ;
      • Should cover the most advanced topics you have learned to date;
      • Must be submitted in English; 
      • Must show work and thought process around math topics and arriving at an answer.

Please choose one:

We also accept:

Contact us any time

Emma Willard School
Admissions Office
518.833.1320
admissions@emmawillard.org
www.emmawillard.org

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    29

    Virtual Experience Emma

    Join us for a deeper look into life and learning at Emma. Engage with students, learn more about the application process, and enjoy a virtual tour. Count on time for questions.  Register here.
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    15

    Virtual Experience Emma

    Join us for a deeper look into life and learning at Emma. Engage with students, learn more about the application process, and enjoy a virtual tour. Count on time for questions. Register here.
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    29

    In-person Experience Emma

    We are very hopeful that we will be able to host in-person Experience Emma events. We are keeping a close eye on the Delta Variant and its effect on local and state communities. We welcome you to register for this event knowing we will be in touch to confirm the event with you as we get closer to October 29th. Register here
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Important Dates

International Application deadline:
January 15

Application deadline:
February 1

Financial aid application deadline:
February 1

Admissions decision:
March 10

Enrollment contract and deposit due:
April 10
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