Criteria & Other Essential Information
- four years of English
- three years of a modern or classical foreign language
- three years of mathematics
- two years of a laboratory science plus one additional science
- two years of history
- two years of social science
The College will recognize those students who have taken advanced work in these areas. We will also take into account the variety and substance of additional courses, such as fine arts courses.
SAT I and ACT scores are optional for admission to Hartwick. If you choose to submit those scores, we will consider them when reviewing your application. If you choose not to submit your SAT or ACT scores, you must let us know in writing or complete our supplemental form. Please note that first year nursing applicants must submit their SAT or ACT scores to be considered for the Nursing Program.
In following this policy, Hartwick is among the ranks of a growing number of colleges for whom SATs are also optional.
Grades, strength of curriculum, and rank in class have always been the most important elements of our admission criteria. By making the SAT or ACT optional, Hartwick highlights your coursework and your academic achievement. Also, the admissions process and the educational experience at Hartwick have always been highly personal. Making SATs optional is one way of letting you know that.
Hartwick College offers advanced placement and credit for scores of 3 or better on many of the advanced placement (AP) tests of the College Board. Exceptions include music and several languages. AP scores should be submitted to the College so that credit and/or placement may be awarded. Advancement placement and/or credit is also offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) under specified conditions for non-traditional students who have acquired mastery of a subject through experience or other avenues outside the traditional classroom setting.
Hartwick also recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma for purposes of admission. Course credit will be granted for higher-level subjects with grades of 4 or better. Standard-level subjects will be evaluated on an individual basis. A-levels are also considered for Hartwick College credit. Other coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis.
In addition to meeting all stated applications requirements, home schooled students must submit the following:
- SAT I or ACT test (students are strongly encouraged to take at least three SAT II subject tests)
- Transcripts that are accompanied by course descriptions and/or syllabi
- At least one recommendation from an outside instructor or employer
We strongly recommend that those applying for federal financial aid have a GED.
Any student requiring need-based financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may also complete the Hartwick Financial Aid Form. Hartwick also provides merit-based scholarships for qualified students ranging from $5,000 to $23,000.