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! Relax, and take a peek at Emma news. We look forward to being in touch in March.

List of 7 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. While the Emma Willard School application is preferred, we also accept applications filled out through the TABS, SSAT, or Gateway.

    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.
  • Interview

    Aside from sending acceptance letters, this is our favorite part of the admissions process. We interview prospective students in a variety of ways: here on campus, in your homes or school as we travel, and via Skype or Vericant for international students. Please contact Mari Webb in the Admissions Office to schedule your interview at mwebb@emmawillard.org.
  • Interviews for Students from Mainland China

    Emma Willard School has recently partnered with Vericant, a China-based organization that assists independent schools in interviewing students from Mainland China. To make good use of the interview process, admissions candidates residing in and attending school in China are required to interview with Vericant before scheduling a visit to our campus.

    Vericant will conduct preliminary interviews with candidates and offer short writing prompts. Please note that Vericant does not evaluate candidates; rather Vericant sends all information to Emma Willard’s Admission Office for assessment. We will then select students from among the completed Vericant interviews and determine which students will be offered a second interview with a member of the admission team.

    Please contact Vericant to schedule an appointment in a city near you. For interview scheduling and fee information, please visit www.vericant.com/students. Applicants who will be visiting campus must complete and submit their interview to Emma Willard School by November 1. Applicants who are not able to visit campus must complete and submit their Vericant interview by January 1.

    Please note that we embrace our global community and the diversity that many different cultures bring to our school. We offer only advanced ESL classes and therefore expect all non-native English speaking students to have a high level of English proficiency.
  • 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, including your:
  • 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.
  • Application Fee

    The cost of application is $50 for a domestic student, and $100 for an international student. International students are determined by their permanent address. The application fee can be paid by credit card online, or by check via mail.
  • Testing

    While we look at much more than test scores when selecting our future Emma girls, standardized tests help us learn more about each girl’s academic background. Please sharpen your No. 2 pencils and take at least one of the following tests:
    • Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) - It is preferable to take this test in November, December, or January. Emma Willard School’s SSAT code is 2998.
    • SAT or Preliminary SAT (PSAT)
    • TOEFL - At least one of these tests is required for all our future students whose first language is not English. It is preferable if applicants can take the SAT or SSAT and the TOEFL test. Emma Willard School’s TOEFL code is 8629. The minimum score for grade 9 is 61, although most accepted students will have a score in excess of 75. The minimum score for grade 10 or grade 11 is 79, with most accepted students having a TOEFL in excess of 90. We are no longer accepting TOEFL Junior to meet testing requirements.

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

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    Experience Emma

    Join us for a morning and take a tour of campus, join a class, learn about academics and life at Emma in two different informational panels, and have an interview.
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    9

    Experience Emma

    Join us for a morning and take a tour of campus, join a class, learn about academics and life at Emma in two different informational panels, and have an interview.
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    27

    Experience Emma

    Join us for a morning and take a tour of campus, join a class, learn about academics and life at Emma in two different informational panels, and have an interview.
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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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