We’ve gotten a handful of great questions from you, so we’ve compiled them into a mini PMC Admissions Guide! As always, if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask by using the "Ask Us Anything!" button at the top of the page!
What are your standards for acceptance?
There are 6 components to our application:
- A completed application for admission (through our site or the Common App)
- A personal essay of at least 250 words
- A $25 application fee check made out to Pine Manor College
- An official secondary school transcript submitted directly by your high school guidance office, or official results of the G.E.D.
- A letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher
- Official results of either the SAT I or the ACT
While we require you to take the SAT or the ACT, we don’t have a minimum score requirement. We want to see that you’ve taken the test, but we look at each application holistically.
Your high school transcript is the most important thing to us when looking at your application. We ask ourselves, how did you do in high school? How difficult were the courses you took? If you struggled, did your grades improve?
Our minimum GPA requirement is 2.0, but our average incoming freshman has a 2.6. We know that your courses at Pine Manor will be more challenging than in high school, so we need to be certain that you are prepared to be successful here.
Your personal essay fills in the gaps and uncertainties in your application. Was there one year in school that you did particularly poorly, but you can explain why your grades suffered? Use your essay to tell us why that year was so difficult. Your essay is your chance to inject some individuality into your application and make it about you, not the numbers.
Take advantage of campus tours and open houses. While this is not an admissions requirement, we offer campus tours Monday through Friday with occasional weekend dates, and we strongly encourage you to come visit. Students who visit Pine Manor also have the opportunity to sit in on a class, speak with financial aid officers, and have all their burning questions answered. You can read all you want in a college brochure, but you won’t know if you truly feel at home until you step foot on the campus. Plus, we are all very friendly and love meeting you!
Thanks for the questions, and stay tuned for more answers!
-Sarah and the PMC Admissions Team