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Application Process

We're thrilled you're considering joining the Emma community!

The Emma Willard School Admissions Team is here to guide you through the application process and make it as stress-free as possible. We are also committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible admissions process at the school, which is why we have established test optional, non-discrimination and gender inclusion guidelines that we closely adhere to. You may find all policies relevant to application below.

To help you get started, we've created a five step process below that outlines the main stages of application for all domestic and international students looking to attend Emma Willard. 

Step-by-Step Application Process

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Important Dates

International app deadline:
January 15

Domestic app deadline:
February 1

Financial aid app deadline:
February 1

Admissions decision:
March 10

Contract and deposit due:
April 10


FAQ for International Applicants

Some elements of the application process are specific to international students; please review these answers to the most frequently asked questions from our international applicants.

International Student Experience

At Emma Willard School, we are grateful for the rich diversity that our international students bring to our community. Their unique cultures and perspectives help broaden our understanding not only of the world, but each other. We are honored that these students are willing to share their experiences with us and contribute to our campus in countless ways.

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Application Policies and Guidelines

Grounded in our girls' school mission and the belief that diversity in all its forms creates the most meaningful learning environment, the Emma Willard Admissions Department commits to recruiting, enrolling, and supporting the retention of a student population that reflects this diversity. We do this using an equitable and accessible application process so that students can be considered for an Emma Willard School education without unnecessary barriers.

We have several policies that guide our practices around admission to the school and we encourage all prospective students and families to review them closely as they consider application.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
Emma Willard School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, and/or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, athletic, or other school-administered programs.

Test-Optional Policy:
Emma Willard School remains SSAT/SAT optional for all applicants, which we find has increasingly become the norm for college admissions as well. We also have established our own Advanced Studies program for current students which has increasingly replaced Advanced Placement (AP) courses and testing.

In-Person and Virtual Visit Policy:
Emma Willard School recognizes that travel to campus may be difficult or cost-prohibitive for some families, therefore we continue to offer both in-person and virtual visit opportunities for prospective students. We have partnered with Vericant to assist in interviewing and visiting with candidates from Mainland China. Please contact Vericant to schedule your virtual appointment if you reside in Mainland China.

As a private boarding and day school for girls, we encourage prospective students to review Emma Willard's gender inclusion guidelines before applying. Our goal is to ensure our mission reaches each student fully while also affirming their gender identity. We believe academic excellence is inextricably linked to fostering a diverse community with respect for all members, therefore our Board of Trustees approved the following guidelines for application in 2019:

Gender Inclusion Guidelines:

Emma Willard School considers for admission any applicant who is inspired and feels well served by Emma Willard’s mission. Emma Willard does not consider for admission any applicant who identifies as a boy.

As we affirm our girls' mission, Emma Willard School respects the gender identities of all current students.

Need help with your application? Contact us anytime!

We know the application process can be confusing for first-year students and families. Fortunately for you, our team does this every year and we are happy to assist in any way we can. Call or email an Admissions' team member anytime:

Admissions Office